Ontario officials: Sales tax needed to cover costs

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO — The city is on track to impose a 1 percent sales tax to bolster local services.

The new tax would produce between $3 million and $5 million a year and will be tailored to specific items, said Mayor Ron Verini.

“There are areas we are trying to hone in on and what should be taxed and what shouldn’t,” said Verini.

The tax will apply to most retail goods, Verini said. Such items as pharmaceuticals, vehicles, and agriculture products would be exempt. Products already taxed by the state, such as gasoline and tobacco, will not be part of the proposed duty.

The Ontario City Council hasn’t formally voted to impose the tax but Verini said there is general agreement to do so. The council doesn’t plan to put the issue before voters.

Last week the council directed Adam Brown, Ontario . . .