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Ventura to consider sales tax increase

June 22, 2009 1:00:23 PM PDT
The Ventura City Council is scheduled to discuss Monday night whether to place a measure on the November ballot that would increase the local sales tax.The proposal calls for a four-year half-cent tax increase to 8.75 percent.

The measure needs a simple majority to pass, and it is estimated the increase would bring in an additional $10 million annually.

According to the Ventura County Star, the extra money would be for city use only, and the state would have no access.

The additional funds garnered from the sales tax increase would be used to boost the budgets of the Ventura's police department, as well as fire and emergency response units, and would also provide more money for other city priorities.

The newspaper reports that a recent poll found that the majority of voters in the city of Ventura were in favor of raising the local sales tax.

The city council has until July 13 to make a final decision on whether to put the sales tax proposal on the November ballot.

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