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Ontario would expand police force, attack crime rate with new sales tax

By Pat Caldwell

The Enterprise

ONTARIO – Policing would dramatically increase, the city’s indoor pool would come back to life and more streets would get fixed if a 1 percent sales tax is implemented, Ontario city officials say.

Money for the expanded city spending would come from $3.8 million a year the city estimates it would collect from the sales tax.

The Ontario City Council approved the tax last fall with the intent to start collecting it last January. The city put that on hold when petitioners referred to voters a measure to stop the tax. The measure will be on the primary ballot in May.

City officials had promoted the sales tax as a way to stop an erosion of city services. They had said that without the tax, the city could eliminate police and fire jobs and make other cuts to city services.

Now, they . . .