The city of Compton mayor and council approved a resolution to place a sales tax increase measure on the ballot in June 2016. The tax increase is slated to provide additional revenue to fund an array of projects. Should Los Angeles County approve the special election, Compton residents will vote on whether to pass the tax measure. Problem is, is it $0.01 or 1%?
2 Urban Girls has pointed out the discrepancy in the rhetoric spewing from city hall, that in some print publications the tax increase is quoted as “1%” yet the residents are receiving information in the mail saying it is “1 cent”.
Residents appeared at the regular city council meeting held on Tuesday, March 1, 2016, to lambast the prospect of being further taxed. Mayor Aja Brown was not present but Mayor Pro Tem Janna Zurita specifically asked city manager Roger Haley to clarify whether the residents will vote to pass a 1 cent or 1 percent sales tax.
Roger Haley stated, “…the city council council approved a measure to increase the sales tax by 1 percent”. The July 21, 2015 council agenda lists item #7 describing the tax as 1 percent. (see link below)
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In a late weekend email, a Compton resident expressed their outrage over the interchanging of words on the soon to be voted on sales tax initiative.
Council approved a resolution for a “1 percent sales tax” yet sample ballots have printed “1 cent sales tax” which is confusing voters, although they represent the same amount. To ensure the ballot measure isn’t declared invalid, over the wording, Debbie Martin with the LA County Registrar and Recorders office, responded early Sunday morning via email, that she would in fact look into the issues raised.