Redding explores sales tax increase for more law enforcement

Mar 25, 2014 7:45 PM

"Do you support an increase of tax that would put more officers on the street?"

That's the question that Redding Chamber of Commerce CEO Frank Strazzarino, Jr., is asking his 930 members.

"I know that I'm going to have to pay more everytime I go to the grocery store, that kind of stuff, but I know that there's going to be a benefit to having a cleaner, better, safer town," said Sugar Pine Media CEO Rocky Slaughter.

The proposition holds pros and cons for business owners.

On one hand, an increase in sales tax could upset consumers.

On the other, more law enforcement could help combat crime issues.

"If a half-cent sales tax is part of the answer, then we damn well should do it," said Ed Rullman, a partner at Best Western Plus and C.R. Gibbs.

Ed Rullman started the Redding Merchants Crime Watch Group, and says that the shortage of officers is not only bad for business, it's embarrassing for the city.

"We have to be solution based with whatever we do now. We can't just pinpoint problems and keep pinpointing problems, getting our name as a community in the newspaper all across the nation as the worst place to live. We can't keep doing that. We gotta fix it," Rullman said.

Should the item make it to the ballot, you can be sure there will be opposition as with any proposed tax hike.

"I don't want to pay more sales tax. I wish it was more like Oregon where we don't have any sales tax. We have officers being laid off, but there's so many of them anyway, in my opinion," said Julie Van Vleet, who lives in Redding.

The City of Anderson has a similar measure on the upcoming ballot.

Voters will be asked to consider a half-cent tax increase to pay for law enforcement officers.


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