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Measure S - City of Sanger

The Sanger City Council has placed Measure S on the Nov. 8, 2016, ballot. If approved by two-thirds of the City voters, this Measure will reauthorize and extend the existing 3/4 cent transactions and use tax (i.e. "sales tax") for Public Safety for 10 years.Existing LawIn 2008, the City voters adopted a sales tax measure which is codified as an ordinance in the Sanger City Code as the "Sanger Police, Fire, Paramedic 9-1-1 Emergency Response and Gang/Drug Prevention Special Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance." The ordinance expires on June 30, 2018. As a special tax, all proceeds from the Public Safety Tax must be accounted for and are restricted for use only on Police, Fire, Paramedic, 9-1-1 Emergency, and Gang/Drug Prevention Services. The ordinance provides that its intent is to "supplement" not "supplant" expenditures for Public Safety which existed at the time the ordinance was adopted. It expressly provides that the revenues collected cannot be spent on department administrators' salaries or General Fund operating expenses in effect at the time the ordinance became effective or on projects not part of the Public Safety Measure Police and Fire Expenditure Plan.Under the ordinance, "Public Safety Services" means: (i) Obtaining, furnishing, operating, and/or maintaining police protection equipment or apparatus, paying the salaries and benefits of police protection personnel, and such other police protection service expenses, including capital expenses, as are deemed necessary by the City Council for the benefit of City residents; and (ii) Obtaining, furnishing, operating, and/or maintaining fire protection equipment or apparatus, paying the salaries and benefits of fire protection personnel, and such other fire protection service expenses, including capital expenses, as are deemed necessary by the City Council for the benefit of City residents.The ordinance also provides for a Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor the expenditures of the revenues collected under the special tax. Proposed ChangeIf approved by the voters, the Measure will extend the current ordinance's sunset date to June 30, 2028, and will automatically end on that date unless extended by the voters. All other provisions of the current ordinance will remain the same. If approved, the ordinance may not be amended or repealed except by the City voters.

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  • Yes - For the Measure

  • No - Against the Measure