Galt Considers Sales Tax Hike

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Under the plan, Galt would raise the city’s sales tax from the current 7.75% to 8%. City Councilman Don Haines says they need the extra money to hire more police to protect a growing community. 

"We’ve got a new movie theater, we have a new high school that’s being built, Wal-Mart’s looking to come in. A lot of these type of businesses generate a lot of calls and we don’t have the staffing as it is now to address that growth." 

But Jon Coupal with the anti-tax group the Howard Jarvis Taxpayer’s Association says residents should be skeptical.

"In a community like Galt with an expanding tax base, we do know that they have substantially new revenues and I think one question that local voters will want to know is ‘where has that money gone?’"

Tuesday, city council members will vote on whether to hold a public opinion poll on the idea. If they decide to do it, the city will pay an Oakland-based consultant $40,000 dollars to conduct the survey. Supporters hope to put it on next year’s ballot.