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Council to discuss trash, taxes

City's two tax initiatives on November ballot

In an effort to bring clarity on how the transferring of property tax revenue works between the city of Hesperia and multiple agencies, the council will review a local tax breakdown during tonight’s meeting.

Councilman Paul Bosacki requested the revenue analysis during the Oct. 2 council meeting.

A tax of 1 percent is collected by the San Bernardino County Auditor-Controller’s office and is distributed among various districts within the city limits.

The report revealed that of each dollar collected, the Hesperia Unified School District receives the majority of the pie with $0.2942 collected, and the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund comes in second with $0.2149.

Of the 11 agencies, the city’s fire district receives $0.1535 and the city gets $0.015 of the share.

Typically, property tax revenue must be utilized by the receiving district, but Section 99.02 of the Revenue and Taxation Code outlines the process of transferring property tax revenue between local agencies such a city, fire and water districts.

During the meeting, the council will also discuss the city’s position on two tax initiatives: Proposition 30 and 38, which are on the November ballot.

Prop 30 addresses the state’s estimated $13 billion deficit for the current fiscal year. The initiative proposes to raise sales and income taxes on a temporary basis to avoid deeper cuts in education, public safety and social service programs.

A portion of Prop 30 states that it would increase personal income tax on annual earning of more than $250,000 for seven years, and would increases sales and use tax by one-quarter cent for four years. The proposition would also allocate temporary tax revenues: 89 percent to K-12 and 11 percent to community colleges.

Prop 38 does not affect sales taxes, but it does generate revenue via income taxes over the next 12 years by increasing personal income tax rates, and allocating a portion of revenue to help with schools and the repaying of the state debt.

The council will also discuss an amendment that would extend a waste disposal agreement between the city and San Bernardino County.

If passed, the new agreement will extend the town’s original 1988 pact with the county’s Solid Waste Management Division for four more years.

The agreement was crafted by the city to meet the state’s requirement of reducing landfill waste by up to 75 percent from 1995 to 2000 or else be fined up top $10,000 a day.

Of the 14 county municipalities, Apple Valley, Barstow and Victorville are the other local agencies which have similar agreements.

Rene De La Cruz may be reached at (760) 951-6227 or at RDeLaCruz@VVDailyPress.com.


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