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Measure U to raise critical funds for City Of Coachella additions

Post Date:10/08/2014 11:23 AM

COACHELLA, Sept. 30, 2014 — The City of Coachella has proposed a one percent sales tax increase for the Nov. 4 ballot to raise funds for police and fire services, park and road maintenance as well as a new library and technology center.

            Measure U would generate an estimated $2.8 million in additional sales taxes each year, much of which would be paid by non-Coachella residents making purchases at truck stops. Groceries, medicines and all categores of services would be exempt from the tax.

            Measure U is needed to cover the rising cost of police and fire services, which Coachella contracts through the Riverside County Sheriff’s Office and the Riverside County Fire Department. These cost increases are outside the city’s control.

            However, Measure U would provide the funds necessary for Coachella to keep police and fire services as their current levels and also maintain parks and roads. Measure U would also provide funding for a new city library with a technology center for the whole community.

            More information about Measure U is available at

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