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Ontario’s new tax stirring opposition

Update: The Ontario City Council decided to push back the first reading of the sales tax ordinance to Sept. 19. Initially, the council planned to conduct the first reading of the proposed edict Thursday, Sept. 7.

 

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO — Dan Lopez said he doesn’t know the fine details of a proposed 1 percent sales tax for Ontario.

He doesn’t like the idea, though.

Lopez, co-owner of Treasure Valley Steel just outside of Ontario, said other business owners feel the same way.

Lopez said questions linger regarding what the city will do with the money collected from the tax.

“I hear them say things like, it would better the streets. It would better the pool. A list of things. But you have yet to hear the city say this is the plan and we will use it for . . .