Adelanto to Host Town Hall Meeting on Marijuana Tax

 

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(Adelanto) —The City of Adelanto is pinning its hopes to ease its fiscal crisis on voters approving a tax on businesses involved in the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution/transportation, testing, and dispensing of marijuana. A Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on August 23, 2016 at Heritage Field (formerly Maverick Stadium) for residents to learn why the city’s Municipal Code has to be amended for the tax to take effect.

“Our City is at a cross-roads and must find additional sources of revenue or risk facing the potentially severe consequences of municipal bankruptcy,” said Mayor Richard Kerr. “Despite every effort to cut costs and raise revenue, the City still faces deficits that undermine essential services and threaten the health and of safety of the people of Adelanto” Kerr added. Although it is impossible to estimate the revenue this tax would generate, Council believes adoption of the tax on commercial marijuana activity will provide the City with a significant and much needed source of tax revenue without having to tax the City’s citizens directly.

“That’s the main reason we’re holding the Town Hall meeting, for residents to learn that the tax will not apply to them and how the funds will support essential services and programs such as public safety, Public Works, Parks,” said Kerr.

The City Council decided at its July 13, 2016 Council meeting to place a measure on the ballot for the November 8, 2016 General Election to impose excise taxes on each type of commercial marijuana activity in the City.

Mayor Kerr added that the City Council has made good faith efforts to resolve the city’s revenue shortfall through an aggressive Economic Development program, but in order to keep up with the demand for services and program for residents the city has to increase its tax base. Approval of this marijuana tax is a step in the right direction to improve the city’s finances.

For more information about the Town Hall meeting contact City Manager Cindy Herrera at (760) 246-2300 or by email at: cherrera@ci.adelanto.ca.us, or Mayor Rich Kerr at (760) 246-2300 or by email at: rkerr@ci.adelanto.ca.us.

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