Taft town votes on one cent sales tax

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) – The residents of Taft will decide today whether or not to adopt a sales tax increase of one cent.

The proposal is on the ballot in a special election. The measure, Measure A, was passed by Taft City Council on August 3 and requires a simple majority to pass. The council cited rising costs for first responders and the economic downturn caused by COVID as factors behind the proposal. According to the measure, the tax would generate approximately $ 1.6 million annually for the city.

Kern County Clerk Mary Bedard confirmed that the ballots were mailed to all eligible voters in Taft. 17 News spoke to a handful of Taft residents, and none of them knew about the election.

“I don’t know about it, I haven’t seen it on TV,” said Sasha Rubio, a Taft local. “And if my dad hasn’t told me about it – because he’s constantly monitoring CSPAN – then if I don’t know there’s an election, I’m like, ‘Wait, wait. What?'”

Taft Town Clerk Yvette Mayfield said in a statement that “the town has put in place many avenues to educate our citizens on the measure and inform voters about the local special election.” She highlighted social media outreach, presentations to local organizations and public service announcements.

Voters can submit their ballot by mail or vote in person at the West Side Recreation and Park District at 500 Cascade Place in Taft. Polling stations open at 7 a.m. on Tuesday and close at 8 p.m.

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