How does the City manage the sales tax project funds?

Our primary focus is accountability. The sales tax ballot language lists specific categories for how the funds can be used. These categories are legal limitations. From a budgeting and accounting perspective, the sales tax fund will be separated from our General Fund and all other accounts so there is never confusion or concern about the use of funds. The annual allocation of funds for projects will be approved by the City Council during a series of open meetings intended to address our annual capital improvement planning. This allows for full transparency and the public’s eye on the use of funds. Finally, this special fund will be included in the City’s annual financial statements, which are audited. The audit is conducted by a third-party auditing firm.

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1. Why is the City requesting a sales tax increase now?
2. When, where and how do I vote?
3. How did the City decide what to put on the sales tax ballot?
4. What is the ballot question for the proposed sales tax?
5. If approved, what will the new sales tax rate be?
6. Why a sales tax increase?
7. If approved, how much revenue will the new sales tax create?
8. If approved, how will I see the proposed sales tax at work in the community?
9. How will the new sales tax impact my wallet?
10. Why use a sales tax instead of another type of tax?
11. What will the City do if the proposed sales tax does not pass?
12. How does the public know that future spending commitments will be met?
13. How does the City manage the sales tax project funds?
14. What street improvements will occur and why are they needed?
15. What type of park maintenance and improvements will occur with the new sales tax?
16. What type of public safety equipment and capital improvements will occur with the new sales tax?