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Rialto considers special election to extend utility tax

November 27, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A fiscal emergency could be declared in Rialto Tuesday.

Supporters say the move by the Rialto City Council is needed in order to ask voters in a special election in March to extend a tax on utility use.

The tax, first passed in 2003, is set to expire next year and the revenue it brings in currently makes up 22 percent of the city's general fund.

City leaders say Rialto has been deficit spending since 2008 and will exhaust its reserves by 2014 if the utility-users tax isn't extended. The move would be necessary to prevent cuts in city services.