The Hesperia City Council will consider spending money to make money at its next meeting.


Choosing not to balance the Hesperia Fire District's budget through service cuts in June, the council instead decided to try a parcel tax to help close the district's $1.1 million budget shortfall. (The district is almost entirely funded with property tax revenue, which has been falling since the housing market's collapse.)


But first, they'll have to shell out between $162,000 and $175,000 to put the proposed tax on the Nov. 8 ballot.


The costs involved with running an election, including printing and translating the ballot booklet, are split between all parties with questions placed before the voters. As of July 7, there are a total of 14 agencies participating in the November election. The final cost for Hesperia's participation won't be known until after the August 12 deadline.


The city council is set to vote on the proposed ballot item at their next meeting on July 19.


The meeting will take place on July 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Hesperia City Hall, 9700 Seventh Avenue.


Beau Yarbrough can be reached at 760-956-7108 or at beau@hesperiastar.com. Follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/Hesperia.Star.