Some community members in Lompoc are encouraging city council members to support a one percent sales tax measure that could help balance the budget.
A “Give Us the Vote” rally was held outside City Hall Tuesday, ahead of the city council meeting.
Community members want voters to have an opportunity to decide on the tax measure on the upcoming ballot.
The city is facing a nearly $4 million budget deficit, but the city’s finance director says the sales tax could generate close to $5 million per year.
Concerned citizens believe the increase would be a great way to generate revenue in order to balance the city’s budget.
The council heard public comment about the proposal during its meeting.
Some council members have argued that the city needs a backup plan in case the sales tax measure doesn’t get enough support from voters.
The city’s police and fire departments say they could have to make significant staffing cuts if the city doesn’t find new revenue streams.
The budget deficit could also impact library hours and the city’s parks.