City residents will decide in November whether to allow a one-cent sales tax increase which city officials say will be used to improve public safety and may go toward other uses as well.
The City Council approved the proposed ballot measure Tuesday 4-1, with Council member Blanca Gomez voting no. If approved, the measure would raise the city’s sales tax from 7.75% to 8.75%.
The approval came after the Council, at a May 28 meeting, were presented with findings that showed while demands for police, fire, code enforcement and animal control services have increased over previous years, the revenues needed to fund them have not.
In a report issued Tuesday, staff said without approval of the sales tax, maintaining the existing public service levels could lead to deficit spending in the amount of $8.44 million.
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by martin estacio
june 04, 2020