Supervisors to consider tax proposal to help generate funds for fire, sheriff's office

Posted at 9:05 AM, Jul 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-26 12:05:35-04

This morning the Kern County Board of Supervisors will consider taking steps to help fund the sheriff’s office and the fire department.

Proposed budget cuts could have severe impacts on both departments.
Kern County Sheriff Donny Younglood is pushing for a new tax that would generate tens of millions of dollars for the county.
Under this proposal, Kern County residents would vote on a tax that would be placed on the November ballot.
If passed a one percent transactions and use tax could generate $40 million for the county annually.
If the board approves the measure it would then have to pass with a two-thirds vote by voters in November.
According to the county’s elections department, the last day to get an ordinance on the November ballot is August 12.