A new survey suggests that Hesperia residents might support a half-cent hike in sales tax this November.


The survey, by Encinitas-based True North Research, consisted of interviews with 400 residents and was presented to the Hesperia City Council at their meeting on Tuesday.


Depending on how the question was phrased, between 49 and 60 percent of respondents supported a hike in the city's 8.75 percent sales tax by half a cent. The revenue would go "to prevent cuts and provide funds for essential city services, including police and crime prevention; fire protection, paramedic, and 9-1-1 emergency response services; and paving, maintaining and repairing local streets," participants were told.


The survey also asked residents what the one thing they'd like to see changed in Hesperia to make it a better place to live. Thirty-six percent of respondents said they wanted the city to improve streets. Nothing else comes close -- in fact, the second most popular choice, with 13.5 percent of residents choosing it, was "not sure/can't think of anything." The only other choice to get more than 10 percent of the public supporting it was improving public safety.


The next regular meeting of the Hesperia City Council will take place on May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.


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