Why is the renewal of the local sales tax on the ballot now? Why not wait?

Although the existing local sales tax does not expire until September 2022, State rules govern when the City Council can place a tax measure on the ballot (only when councilmembers are elected, which is every two years, without declaring a fiscal emergency) as well as when the approved sales tax can begin to be collected.  If the sales tax renewal was delayed until the November 2022 ballot, the City could lose up to six  months of sales tax revenue, as well as the ability to financially plan for the level of services provided to the community.

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