San Jose Councilman Xavier Campos has proposed a half-cent sales tax measure so the city can hire more police officers.
“Ideally, no one would want to increase taxes,” he writes in a memo going before the Rules and Open Government Committee on Wednesday. “However, this council has worked before on making tough fiscal decisions to increase services to our citizens.”
Campos proposes placing a ½-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot to bring the number of street-ready sworn officers in the San Jose Police Department from less than 900 back to 1,400.
The sales tax increase would generate up to $70 million in revenue, he says, citing figures presented during a study session last fall. He also pointed to a poll conducted in January last year in which 57 percent of respondents said they would support a tax increase that would restore city services.
Placing a tax measure on the ballot would cost anywhere from $425,000 to $900,000, the memo states.
“Considering the money this council has approved in other attempts at fiscal reform and cost savings, this amount is money well spent in generating actual revenue for use to bring these services back to neighborhoods that desperately need them,” Campos writes.
He adds that city staff, at a recent community meeting, told attendees that more than 100 other California cities have passed a ½-cent sales tax hike, and 90 percent of tax increases from the November 2013 ballot passed.
On a side note, Campos’ office confirmed Tuesday that the councilman is in the process of donating bone marrow to help a young child. Details on the situation are still unknown. San Jose Inside has written extensively about some suspicious decisions by Campos, but this would be a very cool act on his part.
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WHAT: Rules and Open Government Committee meets
WHEN: 2pm Wednesday
WHERE: City Hall, 200 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
INFO: City Clerk, 408.535.1260
A recap of last week
A motion introduced by Councilwoman Rose Herrera to ban pot collectives, their employees and their spouses from donating to candidates in city elections was referred in a 3-0 vote to City Council for further discussion. It’s expected to come up as the city considers how to regulate local pot clubs, how many to allow within city limits and whether it should raise the marijuana business tax higher than 10 percent.