Friday, March 16, 2012
City of Sonoma places Sales Tax measure on ballot
At its meeting of March 5, 2012, the City Council placed a local City of Sonoma sales tax to the ballot for the June 5, 2012 election. The measure is intended to support local City services such as road maintenance, public safety and quality of life issues, following the loss of City of Sonoma annual redevelopment funding due to the State Supreme Court decision dissolving redevelopment agencies and reallocating former redevelopment monies away from cities to other taxing agencies.
The ballot question before the voters reads as follows:
"To preserve the safety, public services and quality of life of Sonoma, and provide funding for essential services such as police, fire and emergency medical services, street and road maintenance and repairs, flood prevention, park and open space maintenance, graffiti abatement and other general community services, shall an ordinance be adopted temporarily increasing the City sales tax by one-half of one percent for a term of 5 years, with all funds to be spent locally?”