The Elk Grove City Council on July 27 will consider whether voters approve a city sales tax increase in this November’s election. The proposed increase is 1 cent on the dollar.
If approved by a majority of voters, the new tax would likely be levied starting next April. Elk Grove currently has a total tax rate of 7.75%.
City staff estimated the proposed sales tax increase could generate as much as $21.3 million annually, according to a staff report. Proponents said the increased revenue could support community services such as policing, emergency response, fighting homelessness and maintaining streets and parks.
During its February 2021 retreat, the council directed city staff to partner with the Cosumnes Community Services District (CSD) to identify community needs through public engagement and outreach activities.
As part of this collaboration, the city and CSD worked with the opinion research firm, FM3 Research, to conduct an email and telephone survey last December.
Registered voters and potential voters were asked if they would support a 1-cent sales tax measure this November. Sixty-four percent of the 538 respondents to that poll said they felt additional funding was needed to increase the level of community services, and 60% of respondents said they would support a 1-cent sales tax measure to improve those services
Last February, the city and the CSD launched the website, www.ElkGroveLife.comfor the collection and distribution of public disclosure information.
Earlier this month, FM3 Research conducted another survey to gauge how community needs and priorities have potentially changed since the December 2021 survey.
This month’s survey of 771 respondents indicates continued support for additional locally controlled funding to support community priorities.
In that poll, 63% of respondents said they would support a 1-cent sales tax measure to support essential community services.
To move on to the November ballot, the proposed tax measure would need at least four council approval votes.
This item will be presented to the council during its July 27 meeting in the council chambers, 8400 Laguna Palms Way. The meeting will begin at 6:00 p.m. and public comments on this topic will be welcome.
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