Sacramento mayor wants a permanent sales tax hike. Here’s how much and why

Seeking to address the economic and social disparity facing many neighborhoods in his city – inequities he said were highlighted by the fatal police shooting of Stephon Clark in March – Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg announced Thursday he will ask voters to raise the city’s sales tax to 1 percentage point through a November ballot measure.

Speaking at Sacramento City College, Steinberg said the tax “could change the economic arc of Sacramento” by funding affordable housing, services for the homeless, new libraries and “other citywide signature projects that currently linger on long waitlists.”

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