A sales tax increase will start today in Paradise. The half percent increase was approved by voters back in November. Town officials say the sale tax increase will help fund police, fire, animal control, and some road improvements. A citizens oversight commitee has been appointed to make sure the money is spent properly. Voters in Red Bluff approved a quarter of a percent sales tax increase which also begins today.
Meanwhile, voters in Oroville should know by year's end when they'll decide the fate of a tax measure. City leaders have crafted a ballot measure that asks voters if they want to raise the sales tax one cent to fund public safety staffing. Oroville Councilman Dave Pittman says he expects the announcement of a special election to come later this year or early next year. The one cent sales tax would generate about 3 and a half million dollars annually. Pittman says the city needs 10 to 15 police officers alone. He adds public safety funding hasn't increased since the 1970's.