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Kern sheriff wants voters to consider 1 percent tax to help fund county services

FILE - Sheriff Donny Youngblood speaks Thursday, April 20, 2017, in his office in Bakersfield, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX photo)

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) – Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood will ask the Board of Supervisors next week to consider putting a 1 percent general purpose sales and use tax before voters.

The sheriff has written a letter to the supervisors in support of his request, saying this tax could mitigate the harm done by recent budget cuts.

He says public safety departments in the county have incurred nearly $10 million in ongoing operational reductions and have put off critical hiring and equipment purchases.

This tax, he says, could generate $35 million a year in new county funds. The cost: an extra dime for a $10 purchase.

County officials face an August deadline to submit the tax question for the November election.

If passed by voters, the tax would apply to unincorporated areas of Kern County.

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