Local Sales Tax Measure X
On November 8, 2016, the citizens of Wasco approved and authorized a one-percent (1%) sales tax increase known as Measure X, or the Enhanced City Services Measure. Funds from this measure are to be used for essential general services, including but not limited to police and fire services, streets, parks and recreation, and other General Fund services.
As a means of checks and balances for these funds, the City Council ordinance will require a Sales Tax Oversight Committee to oversee the effective and efficient utilization of these additional funds and an independent accounting firm will perform an annual audit as specified in Government Code Section 6505.
Why is the City doing this?
The City of Wasco faces financial challenges due to a variety of factors that include the economic downturn, rising pension and healthcare costs, and unprecedented state takeaways coupled with additional unfunded state mandates, and the abolishment of the redevelopment agency.
In order to resolve some of these issues, the City has taken and is taking necessary steps to reduce its operational costs such as implementing cost saving measures by consolidating services and eliminating unnecessary overhead. The City Council has continued to seek alternative measures to address these ongoing costs and to secure local revenues from the state.
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