Newly-elected Mayor Anthony Silva proposed a half cent sales tax increase Tuesday morning.
The increase is needed to help fight the city’s notorious crime problem, Silva said. About $18 million is expected to be raised, which will help fund 100 more cops for the city.
Noticeably absent from Silva’s conference announcing the plan were the city’s police chief and city council members.
Silva plans to have the tax plan approved by voters. The city manager is noted to be against any type of tax increase while the city is going through bankruptcy proceedings.
Any money raised during bankruptcy would be available to creditors, meaning that the tax would take effect depending on the bankruptcy.