PINOLE -- City leaders will discuss a possible sales tax increase item on the Nov. 4 ballot at a special City Council meeting Monday.

With the abolition of redevelopment agencies in 2012, combined with several years of hard financial times, Pinole's revenue dipped by about $7.5 million a year over five years, according to a staff report; that revenue had financed not only economic development but also some community services, the report continues.

Residents at a March 17 town hall meeting showed little enthusiasm for a parcel tax, according to the report. That limits the ballot choices to a sales tax hike of either one-quarter or one-half cent on the dollar, and whether it should be a general tax, with proceeds going to the general fund, or a special tax earmarked for public safety.

A general tax would require majority voter approval. A special tax would require a two-thirds vote.

If a tax passes in November, it would come on top of Measure S, a one-half cent sales tax hike approved by voters in 2006. Although Measure S is nominally a general tax, 98 percent of its proceeds since 2007 have gone to police and fire services, according to the report.

A quarter-cent sales tax hike would raise $800,000 a year; a half-cent hike, $1.6 million a year, according to the report.

The sales tax in Pinole currently stands at 9 percent.

The meeting will be at 6 p.m. at Pinole City Hall, 2131 Pear St.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner.



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