The Rio Vista City Council voted this week to place a local three-quarter cent sales and use tax measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to pay for general city services such as police, fire and land-use planning.
City officials noted that, if approved, this local tax would provide guaranteed local funding for essential city services like infrastructure repairs and upgrades. They said that, like other California cities, Rio Vista has faced continually increasing costs and money being taken from the city's coffers by the state.
The tax increase is being proposed for a term of five years and would require a majority vote of Rio Vista's 5,000 registered voters. According to city officials, the county elections department determined that the cost of placing the measure on the ballot will be between $2,500 and $5,000.