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Cerritos Council Votes to Place Sales Tax Increase on Ballot


By Brian Hews

At last night’s regular meeting, the Cerritos City Council voted to place the controversial 1% sales tax increase on the ballot, however they subsequently voted to organize a standalone vote on the increase scheduled for April 11, 2017.

At the upcoming November 7 meeting, the Council will officially put the sales tax measure to a vote with the 4/5ths majority needed.





It is anticipated that the Council will approve the sales tax measure’s placement on the April 11 ballot.

The measure will only need a simple majority to pass.

But given the City survey that was conducted during the past few weeks, the prospects of the increase passing seem dim at the moment.






Council also directed City Staff to include a majority of the previously proposed budget cuts in the 2017-18 City budget.

An August HMG-CN article outlined the budget cuts that the City will now include in the 2017-18 budget.



Cerritos City Council Will Consider Major Cuts to Operating Budget, Including Sheriff’s Station



The Council also directed staff to look into the “unwinding” of the Cerritos Sheriff’s Station and SkyKnight helicopter program.

Given the large operation at City Hall, the Sheriff’s Station cannot be closed as if it were a business; operations must be slowly “unwound.”



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