Cotati to vote on half-cent tax measure

April 12, 2010 2:17:24 PM PDT
Cotati voters on Tuesday will decide whether they are willing to pay a half-cent sales tax to retain police and other city services.

The Cotati City Council placed Measure A on the ballot when it declared a fiscal emergency on Jan. 13.

The tax would be in effect for five years and would exclude purchases of food as groceries and prescription medications. The measure needs 50 percent plus one vote to pass.

The measure provides for annual independent financial audits and public expenditure reports to keep the city accountable for how the money is spent.

The city claims Measure A will prevent the reduction of the police force to nine officers, the same number it had in 1982; help maintain domestic violence and drunken driving reduction programs; and restore cuts that have been made to youth recreation programs, street maintenance and pothole repair services.

Supporters of Measure A include Neighbors for Measure A, the Cotati Police Officers Association and the Cotati Police Management Association.

As of March 27, Measure A supporters had contributed nearly $6,000 to get the measure passed, according to campaign finance reports.