CLEARLAKE, Calif. – Sales tax measures, an ordinance on a smoking ban in parks and a change in the form of city government will go before the Clearlake City Council Thursday.
The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 28, in the council chambers at Clearlake City Hall, 14050 Olympic Drive.
During the meeting, the council is set to continue its discussion from earlier this month regarding a countywide or citywide tax to improve roads.
The city of Lakeport and the Board of Supervisors have similarly discussed participating in a countywide sales tax measure, which is being considered for placement on the November ballot. On Tuesday, the board directed staff to come back with a proposed expenditure plan for how the funds would be used.
In addition, the Clearlake City Council is considering a sales tax measure to fund code enforcement activities, which have been cut due to budget constraints.
Another measure that could find its way to the November ballot is a proposal to raise the transient occupancy tax – or bed tax – on local motels, resorts and bed and breakfasts.
On Thursday, the council will consider giving city staff direction to meet with local service providers to see if they will support increasing the tax, which currently is 9 percent in the city and brings in about $170,000 annually. The tax runs as high as 15 percent in other parts of the state.
In other business, the council will hold introductions and first readings of two ordinances.
The first would ban smoking in city parks. A majority of the council favored moving forward on the ban at the council’s June 14 meeting.
The second new ordinance would formally change the city’s governing structure from council/city administrator to a council/city manager form of government. The council already has taken a step toward that by naming Joan Phillipe the city’s new manager. When she started work last fall on an interim basis, her title was city administrator.
The council also will hold a public hearing on the Dam Road Extension Plan line adoption, and consider adopting a resolution for the plan line from South Center Drive to 18th Avenue. As part of the discussion, the council will consider accepting the project’s environmental document.
Also at Thursday’s meeting, the council will present a proclamation designating June as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month.
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