Paso Robles considering increasing sales tax
February 12, 2012
Amidst service reductions and under-maintained infrastructure, Paso Robles is considering asking voters to approve a 1 percent increase in the city’s sales tax in November. [Tribune]
Over the past three years, Paso Robles has reduced annual spending by more than $7 million a year and reduced the city’s workforce by 35 percent. As a result, streets are in disrepair, police have stopped responding to non-injury accidents and a city pool is closed.
During a revenue projection study session on Saturday, expectations were that the city would see growing revenue of approximately $1.3 million over the next five years.
Meanwhile, city officials said a 1 percent possible increase in the sales tax could generate about $6.3 million annually.