Paso Robles residents speak out about sales tax increase at city forum

Posted at 4:33 AM, Jul 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-17 07:33:29-04

Residents in Paso Robles could be seeing a 1 percent sales tax increase.

The Paso Robles City Council is considering a ballot measure that would bump up sales tax to 8.75 percent.

City officials say this tax increase would help pay for street repairs for roads that are currently failing the standards test.

A survey taken earlier this month showed about 59 percent of people support the measure, however at a community forum Monday night there were many people who voiced their disagreement.

Paso Robles resident Sally Reynolds says, "To me, it’s excessive spending and I think the city can take care of the city if they manage their money much better than they’re doing. They don’t need to come out of our pockets."

If the tax increase is approved by the city council and voters, it would bring in an extra $10 million a year.

The city council will decide at a meeting on Tuesday whether or not to put the tax increase on the November ballot.