SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, Calif. - Santa Cruz County could be seeing a half cent sales tax increase in the unincorporated areas of the County, but it will be up to voters.
The Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors voted this week to put the half cent sales tax increase measure on the November ballot.
The increase would only apply to unincorporated areas of the County raising the tax from 8.5% to 9%.
The County says they are opening voting to all residents in the County because if it is passed it would benefit everyone, not just residents in the unincorporated part.
The tax would go to a number of things including, "services in the areas of homelessness and behavioral health, as well as construct new public parks facilities. Those needs include new North and South County homeless shelters and navigation centers; public safety and behavioral health outreach to low-level street offenders; and completion of several new parks, including LEO's Haven, the County's first all-inclusive playground for children of all abilities," says County spokesperson Jason Hoppin.