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Council to put pot tax towards debt

Marijuana from Zion Cannabis Dispensary in Ontario. (Liliana Frankel/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Ontario will spend its marijuana tax windfall paying city debt owed for employee retirements and one-time spending for city projects, the Ontario City Council decided on Feb. 23.

The measure was proposed by Councilor Ken Hart and passed unanimously. 

The city expects to collect about $3 million this year through the local tax on marijuana sold in Ontario. Combined with tax collections from previous years, Hart and City Manager Adam Brown estimated the . . .