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Blue Ribbon Task Force Begins Process

Of the 62 who applied by the May 1 deadline, 50 attended the meeting at the Visalia Convention Center. The task force, led by Council-appointed co-chairs Gary Gagliolo and Janice Avila, will consider a potential sales-tax proposal and may make a series of recommendations, including if and when the measure should go on the ballot, the amount of the tax, and how the money should be spent. If the task force decides it is warranted, Council also authorized a survey to determine whether Visalia residents would vote to impose the sales tax.

At Tuesday's meeting, Vice Mayor Steve Nelsen welcomed members of the task force, and presentations on committee processes, historical perspective of Visalia, and the financial outlook and long-term trends of the City were presented by community members and staff. Copies of the presentations are available on the City’s website, City Government/Blue Ribbon Task Force.

The task force will meet every Tuesday through June 25 beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Convention Center. Members also will take a tour of city facilities on Saturday morning, May 11, beginning at 8 am at City Hall. Task Force members must not miss more than two meetings in order to participate in the final recommendations.

The Council has asked for a recommendation from the Task Force by July 1, 2013. If the Council votes to put a measure on the November ballot, city officials would have to submit the paperwork to Tulare County by or around Aug. 10.

For information, call Community Relations Manager Nancy Loliva at 713-4535 or email at

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