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Redding considers declaring state of fiscal emergency

At Thursday night's public safety meeting, the City of Redding announced that it will consider declaring a fiscal emergency in coming weeks.

Posted: Feb 23, 2018 6:56 PM

At Thursday night's public safety meeting, the City of Redding announced that it will consider declaring a fiscal emergency in coming weeks.

There was a clear focus on budget at the meeting.

The city manager discussed the shortfall Redding could face over the next decade if something isn't done.

The move would allow the city to put a sales tax increase on the June ballot specifically for public safety.

Vice mayor Brent Weaver voted in favor of putting the item on the agenda.

He says they have to do something to combat crime in the city.

“You know, each year our crime statistics are getting worse,” Weaver said. “You know, last year we had the highest number of car thefts ever in Redding. Our petty theft continues to increase. Drug use is rampant.”

A similar public safety tax failed to pass back in 2016, in part because there was no guarantee the funds would be used specifically for public safety.

Several speakers at the meeting said they'd support a tax if it would make the city safer.

The city council is expected to vote on the decision at their march 6 meeting.

The vote would have to be unanimous in order to pass.

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