City of Bakersfield Tax Measure N, Increase in Sales Tax by 1 Percent
Bakersfield Public Safety /Vital City services measure. To prevent cuts/Improve 911 emergency response, police/life protections, anti-gang/drug units, neighborhood police patrols, rapid response to assaults, robberies, gang violence, home burglaries; crime prevention; address homelessness; retain, attract jobs/businesses; unrestricted general revenue purposes; shall the measure be adopted approving an ordinance establishing a one-cent sales tax providing $50,000,000 annually until ended by voters, requiring independent audits, citizens oversight, all funds for Bakersfield.
- A ‘yes’ vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the city to increase its sales tax by one percentage point, thereby increasing the total sales tax rate within the city from the statewide rate of 7.25 percent to 8.25 percent.
- A ‘no’ vote is a vote against authorizing the city to increase its sales tax by one percentage point, thereby leaving the total sales tax rate within the city at 7.25 percent.
According to BakersfieldCity.us:
Top priorities include:
- Improving rapid response to assaults and robberies
- Maintaining/improving rapid response to gang violence
- Preventing and investigating property crimes, like theft and burglaries
- Keeping public area safe and clean
- Retaining/attracting jobs and businesses
- Working with community partners to address homelessness
Measure N requires:
- Establishment of a nine member citizens’ oversight committee
- Publishing of an annual report
- Annual financial audits
- Distinct accounting procedures
- These requirements ensure the proceeds of any revenue generated by Measure N are expended in a manner consistent with the priorities of the community.