Grass Valley residents will be considering a half-percent sales tax increase in March that would enhance fire protection.That’s after the City Council rejected a proposal from city staff,Tuesday night, to declare a fiscal emergency and call for a special election in November. Fire Chief Mark Buttron told the Council that the ballot measure, which would generate nearly three and a half million dollars a year, would greatly enhance staffing for his department, among other benefits…
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But there was significant opposition expressed. That included from Chamber of Commerce CEO and Downtown Association Manager Robin Galvan-Davies. She did not want the measure to be a general sales tax increase….
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But a general sales tax measure only needs majority approval. Mayor Jan Arbuckle also noted that voters in Nevada County rejected a similar measure last year…
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Half of the revenue would go for vegetation management. Grass Valley currently has the highest sales tax in the county. And the rate would go up to nine-percent, if this measure is approved.