Solana Seashore voters will resolve this November whether or not so as to add a 1% gross sales tax to assist the rising prices of infrastructure tasks and different metropolis providers, elevating an estimated $3 million per 12 months.
The Metropolis Council unanimously voted throughout its July 13 assembly to place the gross sales tax measure on the poll. It requires a easy majority to move.
“I don’t suppose anyone likes taxes, and I actually wouldn’t need to essentially encourage a tax after we don’t want it, however I would like the voters to have the chance to get data and resolve for themselves in the case of a few of these high quality of life points,” Solana Seashore Deputy Mayor Kelly Harless mentioned.
Based on a latest metropolis survey, residents mentioned a few of their prime priorities are sustaining native streets, speedy response instances to 911 calls, repairing and sustaining public buildings and infrastructure, and protecting the seashores clear. Metropolis Supervisor Greg Wade mentioned that the prices of doing all these issues continues to extend.
“The native impacts to the economic system are actual, whether or not or not it’s the labor market or prices for building of tasks,” Wade mentioned.
The funding raised from the gross sales tax would go into the town’s common fund, and it may very well be used to keep up current providers and start new tasks.
Based on the textual content of the poll measure, the funding could be used for “sustaining streets, parks, seashores, infrastructure, storm drains; hearth safety, paramedic and 911 emergency response; police patrols, crime prevention, site visitors administration, graffiti/ trash removing; addressing homelessness; and different metropolis providers.” There would even be an annual unbiased audit.
Council members additionally emphasised that the funding could be domestically managed and couldn’t be affected by any budgetary adjustments by the state authorities.
“This is a chance to supply the group members an opportunity to start out accelerating a number of the requests we get,” Solana Seashore Metropolis Councilmember David Zito mentioned.