Measure S Sales Tax Increase for Additional Galt Services
Voters in the fast growing Central Valley city of Galt will decide next Tuesday whether to approve an extra quarter-cent sales tax to pay for additional services.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
“Measure S” would hike the state sales tax within Galt city limits from seven-and three quarters to eight percent. The tax increase is allowed under a new state law. Backers say it’s needed because the fast growing city’s commercial base isn’t large enough to pay for necessary services. If approved, the additional income would go to Galt’s general fund. City leaders have already decided the money would go to public safety, according to City Manager Ted Anderson. ANDERSON :11—That would be around 200, 250-thousand per year. That money at this point in time would probably be directed toward police services. It would generate enough money to support two new officers. Opponents say if the measure is passed, Galt would have the highest sales tax rate in Sacramento County. They also say the sales tax unfairly burdens those who can least afford it. “Measure S” needs only a simple majority to pass. If approved it would go into effect April first. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.