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Ontario city leaders seek input on sales tax plan

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – The Ontario City Council will seek input from residents next week regarding a proposal to resurrect a sales tax for the city.

Public forms are slated at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22 ; and noon Thursday, March 23, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center.

A sales tax proposal is not a new idea. City voters rejected one more than 10 years ago. The need is now acute because of declining revenues, said Ontario Mayor Ron Verini.

“We have a choice. Either come up with revenue enhancement or decrease the services to our community,” he said.

Verini said elected leaders want to hear from the public about what the next step should be, whether a sales tax or some other revenue generating idea. The city hasn’t proposed a public vote yet.

Verini said the sales tax blueprint . . .