Why is the Sales Tax Measure on the Special Election ballot?

The City continues to experience stagnation in the local economy and the remaining effects of the Great Recession. Although the City’s General Fund is not currently running a deficit, there are minimal reserves available in the event unexpected City expenses exceed projected expenses. Further, the City has already made deep cuts to City expenditures, which has resulted in the elimination or reduction of key programs, positions and services in order to deliver a balanced budget. The City needs revenue enhancement measures in order to prevent further cuts, maintain City services and preserve the health, safety and general welfare of Blythe residents, workers, and visitors. The proposed tax measure is such a revenue enhancement measure.

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1. When is the election?
2. What is the Sales Tax Measure?
3. Why is the Sales Tax Measure on the Special Election ballot?
4. If the tax measure is approved, what could the City spend the money on?
5. How would the Sales Tax Measure funds be accounted for?
6. Will all purchases be impacted by the Sales Tax Measure?
7. What is taxable under the Sales Tax Measure?
8. Who will pay the Sales Tax Measure tax?
9. What is the impact on taxable purchases?
10. If approved, when would the additional one cent (1%) transaction and use tax authorized by the Sales Tax Measure take effect?
11. How much money is the City going to get?
12. Will this tax cover all of the needs the City has?
13. What are the costs of the special election?
14. Is this type of sales tax common?
15. What happens if the Sales Tax Measure doesn’t pass?