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Imperial Beach places one-cent sales tax hike on November ballot

Posted at 3:52 PM, Jul 30, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-30 19:20:55-04

IMPERIAL BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) — Wednesday, Imperial Beach city leaders unanimously approved a one-cent sale tax measure for the November ballot.

The city says, if enacted, the measure would, "enable the City to prepare for medical or catastrophic emergencies including preparing local first responder services, updating emergency communication systems and maintaining rapid 911 emergency response capacity."

The potential one-cent sales tax increase would also support restoring the city's long-term emergency funding that is being used to address the coronavirus pandemic.

"Even through these challenging times, the City must continue to address challenges with clean, safe neighborhoods and addressing homelessness to maintain Imperial Beach as a quality community to live, work and raise a family for all residents," said Assistant City Manager, Erika Cortez-Martinez.

The measure includes accountability and transparency requirements, including public disclosure of spending and independent audits, the city says.

If approved it would go into effect in the spring of 2021.