Oroville residents to vote on sales tax initiative

Mar 4, 2015 10:50 AM by News Staff

Residents in Oroville will soon be voting on a public safety tax that would benefit the city's police and fire departments.

The Oroville City Council voted Tuesday night to direct staff to come up with a sales tax initiative that residents will vote on in a special election. The initiative would be a one percent sales tax increase and if passed, officials estimate it would generate $3.5 million a year.

Oroville Police Chief Bill Lagrone says low police and fire staffing levels is a community issue that needs to be addressed. "This isn't a decision for me, this isn't a decision for the council, this is for our entire community. It's for us to explain the issues that we have, the cost of these issues and then come up with a solution."

City officials will come back to council on a date on when the special election would be held for the tax initiative.

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