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Oroville new sales tax impact

Reporter Laura Eng went to Oroville to learn where the money is needed for a new 1% sales tax - that has raised $1.4 million in revenue, that was approved by voters last year.

Posted: Sep 17, 2019 9:35 AM

OROVILLE, Calif. - The City of Oroville is beginning to reap the benefits of new, 1% sales tax, approved by voters last year. It's already raised $1.4 million in revenue.

Action News Now reporter Laura Eng went to Oroville to learn where the money is needed.

Take a drive or walk around Oroville's Streets, people said they could use some improvements.

Some streets are okay, and some need repairing, residents of Oroville said.

Oroville City Administrator Bill LaGrone said the money from a new sales tax, Measure U is working to fix this, among other public safety improvements like roads and parks.

"This is something that's been needed to be done, in my opinion, over 4 or 5 years," LaGrone said.

Money from Measure U will go towards painting pedestrian crosswalks, making them more bold and safer for people walking.

Voters approved the 1% sales tax back in November, the first of its kind, LaGrone said.

The city said street repairs total to more than $18 million. So far, the city's sales tax collected $1.4 million dollars.

We saw some water pooling up at this very well used roundabout by Montgomery Street. The city said it also wants to make sure it emphasizes the sales tax money goes towards this, making sure it stays clear when heavy rains come in. 

The total sales tax in Oroville now stands at 8.5%. The additional 1% from Measure U is expected to generate $4.2 million.

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