Special council meeting on sales tax Thursday

The Petaluma police union has come out against a proposed sales tax increase the City Council may place on the November ballot.

The council is divided on whether to ask voters to increase the current 8 percent tax by either a quarter- or a half-percent — or whether to seek an increase at all.

Mayor David Glass and Council members Teresa Barrett and Mike Harris said they opposed seeking any increase in the sales tax in November. Chris Albertson, Mike Healy and Tiffany Renee favored an increase, likely a half-cent hike that would raise $5 million annually for general city services.

Gabe Kearney said he personally supported an increase but doubted it would get voter approval.

The council was set to meet Aug. 6 to make a final decision after receiving more public input. But late Wednesday, the city called a special meeting for 5:15 p.m. Thursday to discuss the issue.

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