Special election OKd on pot, “bed” taxes

THE STANTON CIVIC CENTER complex (OC Tribune photo).

Approvals for a special election to ask voters to approve a tax on marijuana-related businesses and an increase in the “bed tax” charged to guests in hotels and motels were given Tuesday night by the Stanton City Council.

The council voted 5-0 in favor of both. The “pot” tax measure would not mean they would authorize such businesses, but rather institute a tax structure in case such enterprises were licensed in the city.

At an earlier meeting, the council was told by a consultant that a tax on the sale, cultivation and processing of cannabis products could bring in between $725,000 and $1.74 million annually.

The proposed increase in the transient occupancy tax from 8 to 12 percent could net the city an estimated $250,000 each year, the council was told Tuesday evening.

Nov. 5, 2019 would be the date of the election.

Also, the council voted 5-0 to approve an application for statewide park development and community revitalization grant funds for up to $8.5 million.

The focus of the grant application is to expand and upgrade the Norm Ross Sports Complex, located at 11150 Santa Rosalia St. east of Beach Boulevard and south of Katella Avenue. It’s currently utilized as a joint-use multi-purpose recreational facility at an elementary school campus operated by the Garden Grove Unified School District.

Additional property adjacent to the current site would be sought in order to complete the expanded facility, which could include a dog park, a baseball/softball diamond, a skateboarding facility and more. The eventual site is envisioned to cover 4.3 acres.

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