Chula Vista looks for ways to add police officers and firefighters

Posted at 11:32 PM, Dec 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-20 09:09:09-05

CHULA VISTA, Calif. (KGTV) – Chula Vista city leaders are looking to get a half-cent sales tax measure on the ballot next year.  

The Chula Vista City Council voted 5-0 to recommend it to the city staff Tuesday.  

"This is the first step to bring more revenue to the city," Mayor Mary Salas said.

The tax hike would help pay for hiring more police officers and firefighters.  

Chula Vista has the lowest staffed police and fire departments per capita in the state, according to councilmember Pat Aguilar’s office.

The plan is to have come back to the council to find out if it would be best to put the measure on June primary ballot or the on the November election ballot.