As part of the session that begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 1, in the council chambers at City Hall, council members will be updated about options for raising more revenue. Those possibilities include a tax on landowners and an increase to the local sales tax.
The update is part of an effort that could see tax-raising measures put onto the November ballot for voter approval.
The city of Tracy faces a deficit originally projected to be about $8 million this year, and though the city has implemented a raft of cost-cutting measures over the past two years, it hasn’t been enough to close the budget gap.
The council will also revisit a controversial decision to charge $300 to Tracy residents who receive “advanced life-support” from Tracy firefighters. The EMS fee was designed to raise $455,000. The council could decide to rescind the fee, or begin the process necessary to begin charging the fee. Also at Tuesday’s meeting:
• The council will be asked to approve the conceptual design of a “wayfinding system” — signs identifying local buildings, roads and points of interest — as part of Tracy’s continued self-marketing effort.
• Change zoning rules to make more site available for a possible community garden.
• Change the rental fee system for the Pinkie Phillips Aquatic Center at West High School.
• Approve $40,000 in Community Development Agency spending — which is not money from the general fund — to improve the entrance to Tracy Municipal Airport.
• Increase the cost of leasing ground space at the airport.