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UPDATED: GRT Tax for Jail Expansion Fails in Valencia County

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Voters reject proposal with 6,495 against it, 3,353 in favor of it

Valencia County voters have rejected a one-eighth of one percent gross receipts tax that would have provided money for the expansion of the county’s adult detention center, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reported.

The newspaper said 6,495 voted against the tax in the all-mail election, while 3,353 voted in favor of it.

The county will have to wait one year before it can bring the issue back for consideration, the News-Bulletin reported.

 


Monday, 12 October 2009 17:20

 

Valencia County voters will get their say on whether the county should have a gross receipts tax to pay for improvements and expansion of the county’s adult detention center, the Valencia County News-Bulletin reported.

The County Commission voted 5-0 on Wednesday to approve a proclamation calling for an all-mail election next month, the newspaper said.

The News-Bulletin said the commission had passed an ordinance in August establishing an one-eighth of one percent gross receipts tax in the county that would be expected to generate about $1 million a year to address overcrowding issues at the detention center.

But a citizens group wanted a public vote on the tax, the newspaper reported. As of Sept. 28, the County Clerk’s Office verified that of 4,105 signatures on petitions submitted by the group seeking the election, 3,219 of them were qualified voters — well above the 2,035 signatures needed.

The commissioners agreed Wednesday that according to state statute, they had no choice but to hold an election within 60s days of the certification of the signatures and decided to have an all-mail election as recommended by County Clerk Sally Perea on Nov. 24, according to the News-Bulletin.

 

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