A community forum held Wednesday to discuss the future of Measure Y, San Luis Obispo’s half-cent sales tax increase passed by voters in 2006, asked for community input on what should be cut if the measure is not renewed.
The half-cent sales tax is set to expire in March 2015.
The Local Revenue Measure Advisory Committee has recommended that a ballot measure extending the half-cent sales tax increase for eight years should be put on the November ballot. The City Council will receive that recommendation at its April 1 meeting.
On Wednesday, a list of 17 possible options for cutbacks was circulated at the meeting attended by about 50 people including city staff. Attendees listed their top cutback choices as downtown improvement programs, open-space acquisition and staff salaries.
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Existing Measure Y revenue, expected to be $6.5 million annually in the current budget, is spent on capital improvements and operations. It equates to 12 percent of the city’s $55.5 million general fund.