Garden Grove

Sales tax, fire services on the agenda

GARDEN GROVE voters approved a 1-cent sales tax on Tuesday, as did voters in Placentia, Santa Ana and Seal Beach. The Garden Grove council will consider an ordinance on Tuesday implementing the tax.

Implementation of the 1 percent sales tax approved by voters on Nov. 6 tops the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove City Council.

If the council approves the ordinance presented for first reading on Tuesday, the new levy would take effect on April 1, 2019, and is expected to generate $19 million annually.

Although final and official results have not been published by the Orange County Registrar of Voters, the latest count showed Measure O had been supported by 18,167 “yes” to 10,466 “no.” A simple majority is necessary to pass.

Also on the agenda is a discussion on the ongoing issue of whether the city should seek to have the Orange County Fire Authority take over fire and paramedic services, replacing the Garden Grove Fire Department.

Updated figures from the city’s financial analyst showed that such a switch would save the city $1.668 million in the first year, but begin becoming more expensive each subsequent year and cost a total of an additional $11 million by the 2027-28 fiscal year.

Additionally, the council on Tuesday night will hold a public hearing on a proposal to redevelop a site on Valley View Street for an expanded cinema, a car wash and two eateries.

The council will meet in its chambers in the Community Meeting Center, 11300 Stanford Ave. at 6:30 p.m.


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