Unlike Sacramento, Galt Finds Support for Anti-Gang Tax
The city and county of Sacramento both chose not to place an anti-gang sales tax on the November ballot. But the city of Galt has its own anti-gang measure, and the council voted Thursday night to ask voters to approve it.
Thursday, July 31, 2008
There wasn’t enough political will in Sacramento. But in Galt ...
Haines: “This has been a grassroots coalition from everybody in the community.”
Vice Mayor Don Haines credits the support to a broad perception among residents.
Haines: “We already know that we have a big shortage of officers in the streets, and this funding will fix that problem.”
While the majority of Sacramento’s revenues would have gone towards gang prevention efforts, every penny of Galt’s anti-gang, anti-drug public safety measure will go to law enforcement. And while Sacramento would have only raised its sales tax a quarter-cent, in Galt, it’d be half a cent.
The measure would eventually raise more than a million dollars a year to fund five new patrol officers, a school resource officer and more. It has no expiration date and needs a two-thirds vote in November to pass.