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Chico tax hike may be on the 2020 ballot

The Chico Chamber is asking City Council for help in seeing whether people in town would support a sales tax hike to help out wherever the need is greatest.

Posted: Apr. 15, 2019 3:26 PM
Updated: Apr. 15, 2019 5:28 PM

CHICO, Calif. - Chico voters may see a public safety tax on the 2020 ballot.

Everyone has ideas about how to make Chico better, cleaner, safer; but the bottom line is the money isn't there.

That's why the Chico Chamber wants to know what people think about a sales tax measure to raise more money for what people want the most.

They're bringing the idea to the council Tuesday night.

"I'm not a fan of sales tax measures but the revenue need is tremendous, so what we're moving forward with is a question to see if this is something people even want to see on the ballot," said Chico Mayor Randall Stone.

Public sentiment on tax hikes is always split, but many people today said now more than ever, they're leaning toward anything to boost public safety.

"I think it would be wise for the city to have some small increase in a safety tax because we need to take more safety measures here in Chico," said Chico resident Alice Tollefson.

A typical public safety type tax is half a cent to a cent more for sales tax.

The chamber will likely move forward with a survey to get a gage for what people might be willing to pay into and how they'd want to money to be used.

Getting a measure on the ballot is not cheap, so the chamber and the council want to hear what you think at Tuesday night's city council meeting at 6 p.m. at 411 Main Street, Chico. 

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