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By Liset Marquez, Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
Posted: 08/21/14, 9:02 PM PDT |

UPLAND >> Residents would not support tax measures on the November ballot, according to a recent city poll.

Martin Lomeli, interim city manager, told the City Council early last month about the decision not to move forward on the sales tax or business license tax measures.

“Both measures were not viewed appropriate by the respondents. The business license option was especially viewed negatively,” Lomeli said.

In a memo to the council members, Lomeli told them he would not recommend any further consideration of the measures. The council had until Aug. 8 to decide if it wanted to place an initiative on the November general election ballot.

The council was considering the ballot imitative at the recommendation of its 10-member Upland Fiscal Task Force. The committee had been tapped to identify the provisions — out of 47 — that could help generate up to $7 million in savings to the city’s general fund. In January, the task force outlined 22 items, including looking at ways to create new revenue for the city.

Earlier this year, Upland retained The Lew Edwards Group to conduct a survey of residents to see if they would support either measure.

From June 21 to June 28, residents were asked to give their input on a series of issues, such as the sales tax increase as well as the city services they value. The report from the firm does not indicate how many residents participated in the poll.

The firm is asking the city to wait for a future election “when there is more opportunity to engage the community further on its services, fiscal situation, and management,” the reports states.

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