Keeping SLO great
Are we surprised that cities all over are careening off the COVID cliff? Although we all wish the pandemic would not keep going, like this Karen mask tantrum, COVID19 is still blowin’ up. SLO was in pretty good financial shape, but the virus has basically obliterated funds for non-mandatory community investment. Over 2 years ago, the city surveyed residents about the services and infrastructure most important to them (Hint: preserving open space, maintaining emergency services…) but haven’t really figured out how the *bleep* it was gonna be paid for.
Dubbed SLO Forward, the city has focused its attention on economic stability, recovery and resiliency. Basically it’s an item on the November ballot: an extension of the ½ cent Measure G and add another cent… up to 8.75%. With the average CA sales tax at 8.66% and an estimated 70% of revenue to come from visitors, this thing polls well. Prolly because the estimated $21.6M annual revenue would help G.S.D. ‘round town. Read up dear voter, because Council voted recently to give you the choice.