City of Coachella considers possible sales tax increase

Will poll residents about proposed increase of 8.0% to 8.5%

COACHELLA, Calif. - According to Coachella City Manager David Garcia, the city did not declare a fiscal emergency at Wednesday night's city council meeting, but it is considering a possible sales tax increase.

City officials have agreed to hire a research firm to poll Coachella residents on the possibility of raising the sales tax from 8.0% to 8.5%. They will reconvene at the city council meeting on July 9 to discuss their findings.

At that time, they may decide to place the tax increase on the November ballot.

Garcia said some erroneous language was used in a memo Thursday night that said the city would have to declare a fiscal emergency to raise the sales tax, but that language is only needed if it was an off-election year, which isn't the case.

News Channel 3 and CBS Local 2 will deliver more information as the city figures out which direction to take.

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