Sonora council moves sales tax measure forward

Sonora, CA – The Sonora City Council is moving forward with plans to impose a one-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot.

It was noted in a presentation this week to council that it could help maintain a high level of policing, improve the city’s 30 miles of roads, fund capital improvement projects, hire staff needed and updating aging equipment.

Ahead of the vote, Chief Constable Turu Vanderwiel said: ‘We are at a crossroads for public safety and the choice must be made as to what this is going to look like in the near future for the good of our community. . Our staff resources are stretched to breaking point and our equipment is failing due to years of zero-growth budgets.

During the public comment period, concerns were expressed that the city would no longer be solvent unless new sources of revenue were identified.

The vote was 5-0 to advance the tax measure, with a 20-year sunset clause.

This is somewhat similar to what is being advanced by the Tuolumne County Unincorporated Areas Board of Supervisors. However, the county tax would only be designated for sheriff, fire and roads. The tourist tax is not designated for specific areas.

If approved, the city’s measure would bring in nearly $4 million in additional new revenue.

You can read a prepared city report on the measure by clicking here.

Sallie R. Loera