Oakland City Council to meet over tax proposals

July 17, 2010 3:57:17 PM PDT
The Oakland City Council is holding a special meeting Thursday to consider several tax proposals to add to the November ballot to help the city balance a $50 million budget deficit.

One of the proposals is a parcel tax that would charge $360 per single family home to pay for police services. It would return the police department to at least 803 officers after 80 officers were laid off earlier this week.

The city council will consider adding a ballot measure that would raise the city's sales tax a quarter percent for five years from the current 9.75 percent.