Street Quarter Cent Sales Tax F.A.Q.
When: July 11, 2017 Special Election
Streets and Sidewalks – Quarter Cent Sales Tax
- What tax is expiring?
In 2007, Pittsburg voters approved a ½ cent sales tax to pay the debt on bonds that were used to construct Fire Station #1, located on West 4th Street and the Law Enforcement Center, located on South Pine Street. The City of Pittsburg is paying off the debt a year early, causing the tax to expire in September, 2017.
- How will renewing a ¼ cent sales tax help our streets?
In 2015, voters reauthorized a ¼ cent sales tax to pay for street improvements; that tax provides enough funding to address 8% of our street maintenance needs. This additional ¼ cent sales tax will double the funding available for street repair annually.
- How will renewing a ¼ cent sales tax help our sidewalks?
Presently, sidewalk repair is the responsibility of the property owners. When this tax is approved, the City may share the cost with the property owners. The property owners’ share of the cost (50%) can be repaid over ten years.
- Why can’t the City pay for this out of the current City budget?
One mill generates $120,000 tax dollars for the City. It would take 8.3 mills to generate revenue equivalent to a ¼ cent sales tax.
- How exactly will this quarter-cent sales tax be used?
Nearly all of these funds will be used to repair and resurface city streets; no more than Fifty Thousand Dollars ($50,000) annually, which is less than five percent of the total tax collected, may be used to match private dollars to repair sidewalks in front of residential and commercial properties. At the end of a year, any funds not used for sidewalk repair will be used for street maintenance.
Map of Street Projects
- Why use a sales tax to fund this initiative?
Funding for roads from the State is expected to decrease and we need to find a way to continue to fix our streets. A significant portion of the sales tax is paid by people from outside Pittsburg, and because the streets are used by residents and visitors alike, a sales tax is the most logical way to pay for this initiative.
- How would Pittsburg’s sales tax compare to other area cities?
The largest portion of the sales tax paid in Pittsburg goes to the State. The total sales tax will be 9%; of that, 6.5% (72% of the total) goes to the State, 1.5% (17% of the total) goes to the City and 1% (11% of the total) goes to the County.