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Measure T Reauthorization Focus of Jan. 14 Public Hearing

The Measure T Plan requires that, every eight years, the city reauthorize it with a super majority (four out of five must vote yes) of the City Council at its first meeting in 2013. Voting to reauthorize the measure does not raise sales tax in the City, currently at 8.25 percent.

In March 2004, voters authorized a 1/4-cent sales tax hike in order to fund projecs for public safety (fire and police) in Visalia. The monies are split, with 60 percent going to police and 40 percent to fire. Overall, the sales tax generates $5 million a year for public safety.

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