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Posted on: July 28, 2022

Press Release (7.20.2022)

PR_Ballot Measure_7.20.22

Wednesday evening, July 20, 2022, the City of Ridgecrest City Council unanimously placed a local one cent local sales tax measure on the November ballot for voter consideration. If enacted, the measure would give the City local control over local funding to ensure City services for residents, including public safety and public works services.

 “Over the last year, we have engaged nearly 1,000 residents to hear their local service needs and priorities”, said City Manager Ron Strand, “They’ve told us they want to keep their tax dollars in Ridgecrest for City services such as fire protection and road repair.”  

Last year, the City launched The Ridgecrest Community Conversation and if approved, the City ballot measure is designed to address these identified priorities, which include keeping both Ridgecrest fire stations open full-time, replacing Pinney Pool, continuing to fix potholes on neighborhood streets and City street repair, maintain 911 emergency response times and maintaining recreation programs for all ages.

“The City needs to be able to address infrastructure and facility needs including parks, sports fields and recreation centers,” said Public Works Director Travis Reed, “This important upkeep is essential to maintaining Ridgecrest’s quality of life and the quality youth programs that are essential to keeping kids away from gangs.”

 The proposed measure would end in nine years and includes accountability and transparency requirements including public disclosure of spending and independent audits and would not apply to food or prescription medications.

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