By Donna Westfall – January 22, 2021
Copied from the Crescent City website: crescentcity.org
On November 3rd, the voters of the City approved Measure S, authorizing imposition of a local 1% transactions and use tax (sales) within the City. The ordinance was formally adopted by the City Council on December 7th and became effective immediately. The imposition/collection of the tax, however, will not begin until April 1, 2021.
The revenue from the sales tax will go to the City’s general fund, which pays for general City services including, but not limited to, the Fire Department, Police Department, roads and Fred Endert Municipal Pool.
The tax is expected to generate approximately $1.3 million annually, which can be used to fund essential City services. The City Council has identified the following priorities:
– Implementation of the Crescent City Fire and Rescue Master Plan, creating a sustainable Fire Department.
– Implementation of the Police Department staffing plan to ensure proper supervisory staffing and patrol officers on every shift.
– Additional revenue to support the operation and services of the Fred Endert Municipal Pool, which provides the community with critical water-related health and safety services (swimming lessons, exercise, recreation, physical therapy)
– Local street maintenance- fixing potholes, resurfacing streets, installing and repairing sidewalks, curbs, gutters and ADA access.
The ordinance includes independent annual audits of tax revenues and expenditures as well as an oversight committee to be comprised of the City Manager and City Finance Director and 5 City residents appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.
It is now time to begin organizing the Measure S Oversight Committee. Applications will be gathered by City staff and reviewed by the Mayor, who will then select five applicants to serve on the committee. The Mayor’s appointments will be confirmed by the City Council (anticipated first meeting in February). Committee applicants MUST be a resident of the City and will be appointed to a term of two years.
For more information, please contact Sunny Valero at 707-464-7483, ext. 233 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Measure S Committee applications can also be downloaded at www.crescentcity.org. As City offices are closed to the public, to do our part in slowing the spread of COVID, please call to set up an appointment to turn in your application for appointment to the Measure S Oversight Committee.
Last day to apply is by 5 p.m. Friday, January 22, 2020