City Council will choose nine Bakersfield residents for new committee on Wednesday

Chad Garcia is one of more than 80 Bakersfield residents who applied to be on the oversight committee on the proceeds from the sales tax increase passed in November. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

A new committee is being put together to oversee the proceeds from the sales tax increase that was passed by Bakersfield residents last November.

The committee will be made up of Bakersfield residents.

“I love my city. I love Bakersfield because this is my home,” Chad Garcia, one of dozens of applicants for the committee, said. “I see what’s happening locally and I believe that these funds need to be spent in a way that’s going to make Bakersfield cleaner, safer, and all around happier for the people who live here.”

The Bakersfield City Council received more than 80 applications for nine open positions on the committee. That’s more applications that City Manager Alan Tandy has ever seen for a committee in Bakersfield.

“I think it has more interest than most of our committees - it’s a substantial expansion of city services, opportunity to do some things we haven’t been able to do in many years,” Tandy said. “And it’s apparently caught the fancy of 80-some people.”

The City Council will be choosing the committee members tomorrow at 5:15 p.m. at City Hall, 1600 Truxtun Ave.

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