“Nobody’s perfect, and the reigning honchos of Grass Valley have run into the same headwinds that has municipalities all over the state teetering on the edge of bankruptcy,” R.L. Crabb wrote on his blog the other day. “At least they’re not asking for sales tax increase to cover their ass.”
Well, “yes Virginia,” they are:
Prepared by: Daniel C. Holler, City Administrator
Title: Contract for Professional Services with The Lew Edwards Group
Recommended Action: Authorize a professional services contract with The Lew Edwards Group in an amount not to exceed $9,950 for the purpose of assisting the City in the Planning and Preparation of a local sales tax ballot measure and authorize the City Administrator sign the contract, subject to legal review and to amend the budget as necessary.
Background Information: Over the past four fiscal-years the City’s budget has been reduced due to declining revenues. This has resulted in reductions in all city departments and a decline in core services to the community. These reductions have had a significant impact on public safety services through the reduction in staffing and the use of degraded capital equipment.
Due to concerns expressed on regaining our community’s quality of life standards and sense of community safety, Staff is recommending that the City Council consider the development of a ballot measure for a special sales tax for public safety purposes.
Staff is requesting authorization to hire The Lew Edwards Group to assist in the planning and preparation of the proposed ballot measure. The preliminary concept, which is subject to change based on Council direction, is for a 3/8ths percent increase in the local sales tax for a period of 10 years, dedicated to public safety purposes.
The details of the measure will be developed and brought back to City Council in July for direction with a final proposal for adoption in August to consider for placement on the ballot for the November general election.
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