Redding Council votes against fiscal emergency

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Tuesday night the Redding City Council voted no in a 4-1 vote to put a half percent sales tax on the June 5 ballot.

Councilmember Adam McElvain explained that he did not support fiscal emergency and that the city needs to have new revenue that will go towards public safety and that the city needs to continue to work on the deficit.

This fiscal emergency comes as the city faces a $20 million shortfall in the general fund over the next decade and there would be further cuts in police and fire personnel.

The proposed sales tax would go into the city's general fund. The tax would last for 10 years.

City Manager Barry Tippin said the tax would generate $11.8 million annually.

Francie Sullivan supported the concept of petitioning to have the tax put on the November ballot.

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