Potential Sales Tax Increase

Atascadero leaders are considering placing a measure on the November ballot to increase the sales tax from 7.5 percent to 8 percent. On Tuesday, the City Council is also expected determine if the revenue generated from the tax increase will primarily be used for fixing roads or improving parks, police and fire stations, the Charles Paddock Zoo, or other city resources. The city estimates that the tax increase would raise 1.7 million dollars to 2 million dollars annually. Currently, Atascadero is the only city in San Luis Obispo County that has kept the state’s 7.5 percent base tax, as the other six cities have 8% sales tax rates. A research group found that 61 percent of the 402 people interviewed in Atascadero support the tax increase.

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