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Public Safety Tax To Be Discussed Again

The City of Baldwin Park will consider ​including the proposal on a ballot again.

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Baldwin Park City Council officials will once again discuss the possibility to put a public safety tax measure on the ballot this Wednesday night.

After a long discussion earlier this month,  and it was rescheduled.

The tax measure being considered could be put on a ballot next year. It seeks to raise necessary funds for the local police force.

The City has considered dismantling the police department and hiring the county sheriff, due to a projected budget deficit of more than 1 million dollars.

In a report released in recent weeks, administrators offered various options like including the tax in regular sales, utility bills or parcel taxes.

The decision would ultimately be made by voters. The measure could be presented in a special election on March 5 or June 4.

A recent study found that the City could save $ 4.5 million if it contracts with the Sheriff. An additional study is currently being done to determine viability for that plan.

The council could decide today on whether to go ahead with the plan for a possible tax, or to completely eliminate the possibility of putting the option on the ballot.

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