Sacramento Measure U: 1-cent sales tax

If approved by a majority of voters, Sacramento would increase and extend the city sales tax that is set to expire on April 1, 2019. The current combined state and local sales tax is 8.25 percent. If approved by voters, it would increase to 8.75 percent April 1. If rejected, the rate would fall to 7.75 percent.Yes: For the measureArgument in favor: Measure U will protect and enhance essential city services, including emergency response and neighborhood policing, while also addressing affordable housing and homelessness, while investing in job creation, youth, parks and libraries.Supporters: Darrell Steinberg, mayor; Joany Titherington, president, Oak Park Neighborhood Association; Patrick Mulvaney, owner, Mulvaney's B Rita Gallardo, GoodParks commissioner; Julius Cherry, Sacramento fire chief, retired.No: Against the measureArgument against: A 1% sales tax hike will hurt modest-income families, the poor and seniors on fixed income. Escalating city pension costs are projected to increase by $64 million, which will eat up all of the $50 million in revenue created by this measure. As a result, supporters are making false promises about what will come from the extra money.Opponents: Craig Powell, president, Eye on Sacramento; Dennis Neufeld, community activist; Art Taylor, public safety chair of Neighborhood Association; Marcia Fritz, treasurer, Sacramento Taxpayers Association; Steven Bourasa, Midtown activist.

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