Stockton Sales Tax Hike Goes into Effect

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A voter-approved sales tax hike in Stockton begins Tuesday, with the extra funds going toward putting more police officers on the streets, but not everyone is on board.

“The City of Stockton choosing a a higher tax is not necessarily geared towards the business owner,” Laurie Furr said.

Furr and her husband opened Price Rite Restaurant Equipment in Stockton three years ago because the rent was cheap.

“I want to continue to have the lowest prices for customers but now my sales tax is going to go up,” Furr said.

Sales tax in Stockton will go up from 8.25 percent to 9 percent. Furr worries customers will head to the competition, especially for big-ticket items.

Furr doesn’t like it, but voters approved Measure A for the extra Police Department funding.

Over the next three years, the Stockton Police Department will add 120 new officers along with a new violence prevention department and “blitz teams” to work in the community.

“The public, the community can expect results, but I would ask they have patience,” Stockton Police Chief Eric Jones told FOX40.

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