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Azusa : Council Favors Tax Hikes

July 21, 1988

The City Council has approved six tax measures that will probably appear on the November ballot, ranging from an increase in the hotel occupancy tax to a 10% tax on paid admission to events in the city.

The measures are intended to generate $1.5 million to improve streets and parks and buy equipment for city departments.

Finance Director Geoff Craig said a majority vote of the public is needed to approve the new fees.

The measures call for an increase in the landfill tax from 2% to 10%, an increase in the bed tax from 7.5% to 10%, a special tax on hazardous waste facilities, a $40 increase in the business license tax, an annual inflationary adjustment for the business license tax, and a 10% tax on tickets for such things as movies and sporting events.

City staff, after negotiating with the Azusa Chamber of Commerce, deleted a proposed tax of 3 cents per square foot of business premises. The chamber supported the other measures.

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