Clovis Voters Head to the Polls for Measure A

March 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Millions of dollars in tax money is on the line. "Measure A" would raise the sales tax in Clovis to nearly ten percent. The money would go towards public safety. The measure requires a 50 plus one percent majority to pass.

Monday night "Yes on A" supporters mapped out their strategy to get people out to vote. But opponents also worked to remind voters the increase will push Clovis to one of the highest sales tax levels in the state.

"Most of the feedback we've been getting has been very positive. Most people recognize the need and they recognize the quality of life we have in Clovis and they are willing to step up to maintain that quality of life," said Interim Fire Chief Rick Bennett.

"This is about a penalty for ordinary folks and it is also a competitive disadvantage for merchants in Clovis. This is not the way to improve the city, nor is it a way to improve the economy," said former Fresno Mayor Jim Patterson.

The current sales tax in Clovis is 7.975 percent. With the state increase it will rise to 8.975 and if Measure A passes it will be 9.975 percent.

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