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By Will Fritz

Murrieta votes to place sales tax referendum on ballot


Last updated 7/27/2018 at 2:26pm

A referendum on imposing a one-cent sales tax will appear before Murrieta voters this fall.

The city council voted unanimously Tuesday, July 17, to place the measure before voters, arguing that in the face of projected budget deficits in the coming years, it is the only way to keep essential city services like the police and fire departments adequately funded.

According to a staff report, in March 62 percent of city voters said they’d support raising the sales tax in Murrieta from 7.75 percent to 8.75 percent.

Should the tax pass, it’s expected to raise about $14 million annually. The c...

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Reader Comments

tomsuttle writes:

I apologize for putting a second comment to this article, but something else has to be said: Temecula had to take the long-term economic poison pill of jacking up sales taxes NOT because of a lack of income, but for a bad - very bad - series of bad spending decisions. Murrieta has had an opposite problem. And that has been an economically short-sighted focus of city talent on development of revenue neutral enterprise; fueled in part by certain campaign donations (to one particular individual).

tomsuttle writes:

This tax will likely pass. The reason: People just don't get it. They don't get the inviolable laws of micro-economics. They also don't get the fact that the discretionary product merchant will, within a few short years, be taking it on the chin, financially. And, they don't get the fact that after those same few short giddy years of what appears to be a civic influx of 'free money', the city will begin to suffer a long downward spiral of economic consequences. The blindness is appalling.


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