SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. – On Election Day, Shasta County voters must decide if they’re willing to pay an extra 1% sales tax in order to fund public safety.
If Measure A passes – it’s projected to bring in an additional $31 million a year in revenue to Shasta County. That money would specifically go to improving public safety in a number of areas.
It would help fund the planned expansion of the Shasta County jail, which could mean an additional 500 beds.
Proponents say that it will hold criminals accountable.
It would bolster staffing for law-enforcement agencies as well as firefighting agencies.
It could mean an additional 25 officers for the City of Redding. And more correctional officers for the jail.
And then there’s the District Attorney’s Office. You don’t often hear about tax measures funding the District Attorney’s Office but Measure A would do that too. It would allow the DA to hire more prosecutors and staff members to keep up with the caseloads.
Now, opponents of Measure A, argue that the county has turned down millions of dollars in grant money in the past that would have solved many of the county’s public safety problems.
Proponents say Measure A empowers leaders and citizens to have control over public safety issues without the strings that may come attached to state and federal grants and facilities.
- Voting Yes: On Measure A means you’re in favor of a 1% sales tax to fund public safety improvements.
- Voting No: Rejects the new tax.
There must be a two-thirds majority in order for the measure to pass.