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published on March 13, 2019 - 1:22 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff

Three Fresno County cities are among dozens of municipalities that will see increases in local sales and use tax rates.

Coalinga, Fowler and Kerman will each see their rates increase to 8.975 percent from the prior rate of 7.975 percent effective April 1.

The 1-percent increases stem from tax measures approved by voters in the November 2018 election.

Measure J in Coalinga boosts the local sales tax for a period of 10 years to fund general city purposes. It passed with 58.22 percent “yes” votes, and is expected to generate $850,000 annually.

Measure N in Fowler passed with 55.48 percent of the vote, and will raise about $953,000 each year to build a new police station, purchase new police equipment, fix city streets and cover pension and general fund obligations. It has no expiration.

Kerman’s Measure M passed with 73.17 percent of the vote, and will generate about $1 million each year to fund essential city services including police, infrastructure, downtown revitalization and other general city services. It has no expiration.

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