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The Cities of Woodlake, Farmersville will hold elections on marijuana and sales tax Nov. 7

The Cities of Woodlake, Farmersville will hold elections on marijuana and sales tax Nov. 7

By Paul Myers @PaulM_SGN

TULARE COUNTY – While it may not be a major election year like 2016, residents in Woodlake and Farmersville are encouraged to turn out to the polls to vote on two important measures: marijuana and sales tax.

The City of Woodlake has already put ordinances in place for commercial cannabis industries to open their dispensaries, and cultivation facilities. However, what is going before the voters next month is whether to tax those businesses or not. Titled Measure S, the tax for cannabis companies would depend on the type of company it is. According to community services director Jason Waters, cultivation businesses would pay a $25 per square foot tax and dispensaries would pay up to 10% of gross receipts.

Under Proposition 64 passed by California last November, local jurisdictions can levy a tax as high as 10% on cannabis businesses. And that is in addition to the already existing sales tax the city has and in addition to the 25% sales tax levied by the State.

And the City of Farmersville is asking their voters to make the same choice, just without dispensaries. Farmersville’s Measure Q over marijuana will have a tax structure similar to Woodlake’s in terms of square footage but not retail sales because they won’t have dispensaries. But marijuana is only half of what both cities are asking from their voters.

Farmersville and Woodlake voters will also vote on whether to increase their sales tax. For Woodlake they are proposing a 1% sales tax increase titled Measure R, while Farmersville is proposing a .5% increase titled Measure P. Each increase will bring both cities to an 8.75% sales tax.

Just last week the Tulare County Registrar of Voters, Michelle Baldwin, issued a reminder to all Woodlake and Farmersville residents that there will be an election on Tuesday, Nov. 7 in both cities:

• The last day to register to vote for this election is Monday, October 23, 2017.

• Voter registration cards are available at locations throughout Tulare County. To obtain a mail-in registration card, please call (559) 624-7300 or 1-800-345-VOTE, a free hotline. If you prefer, you can also register online at: www.sos.ca.gov.

• Vote by Mail ballots became available Monday, October 9, 2017.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 is the last day the Registrar of Voters Office may receive Vote by Mail ballot requests through the mail. Otherwise, after November 1, 2017, voters may come to the Elections Office located at Government Plaza, 5951 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia, to request a Vote by Mail ballot in person.

Tulare County residents that will be sworn in as a United States Citizen by a Federal Judge after Monday, October 23, 2017, but no later than the close of polls on Election Day, may register and vote at the Tulare County Registrar of Voters Office. You will be required to show your Naturalization Certificate at the time of registration.


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