Sac Voters Won't Get Say on Anti-Gang Tax
Council member Lauren Hammond
The Sacramento City Council voted against placing an anti-gang sales tax on the November ballot Tuesday.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Council woman Lauren Hammond was the swing vote. She says the measure was rushed towards the ballot too quickly and without enough collaboration.
Hammond: “As important as it is – because it is our future – it should be given the time it deserves so that it can be successful. So I’m sorry. I’m not gonna support this.
Five council members supported the measure. But sending it to the ballot required six votes – a two-thirds majority.
The measure would have raised $16 million a year to fund gang prevention, intervention and enforcement efforts. Supporters said the money is crucially needed in communities throughout the city that are plagued by gang violence.