Redding, Calif.—On Tuesday night, by a 4-1 vote the city council decided not to declare fiscal emergency in the city.
City manager Barry Tippin said that the city has a $20 million deficit, and the possibility of having voters decide whether or not to pay more in taxes was shut down.
The council needed to unanimously support declaring the emergency because a special election would have been held on June 5 with voters deciding whether or not they wanted to pay a one half of one percent sales tax.
The city said this could've generated appoximately $11 million in revenue a year.
Tippin said since the emergency wasn't declared, the city risks losing four police officers and three firefighters within the next year.
The council said they will continue to look for funding whereever they can and may consider a tax measure to put on the ballot this November.
The council also voted 4-1 and passed a motion allowing an ordinance to be drafted that would ban all outdoor cannabis cultivation, but regulate indoor cultivation oF cannabis in private residences while also setting regulations on cannabis activity.
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