This month, the City of Santa Barbara will take bids from several polling companies to ask residents if they support increasing the sales tax by a half-cent. The poll would “ask voters what they think,” said Mayor Helene Schneider. With 35,000 local Viewers, let’s save the City the cost of hiring a polling company with the Question of the Week:
Some of the unfunded projects that the tax would pay for include: $216 million in street maintenance; rebuilding Fire Station 7 for $5 million to $7 million; building a new police station for $54.5 million; renovating the Cabrillo Bathhouse for $10 million; renovating the Ortega Pool for $6.2 million; and installing an elevator in City Hall for $1.2 million. The tax-increase measure could appear on the November 2014 ballot.