In addition to picking who they want to be the Democratic and Republican nominees for president, Kings County voters have some local decisions to make on June 7.
Topping the list is Measure K, an initiative that will keep the sales tax rate at 7.5 percent in 2017 and dedicate .25 percent of that to fund local public safety.
The 7.5 percent rate is slated by law to drop to 7.25 percent on Dec. 31 this year. That’s when Proposition 30, the 2012 initiative that raised the rate, expires.
Prop. 30 raised income taxes on the wealthy and raised the tax rate from 7.25 percent to 7.5 percent effective Jan. 1, 2013. The extra .25 percent was set aside to fund education.
There is an effort underway to get a Prop. 30 extension measure on the November ballot this year, but supporters haven’t collected the required number of signatures yet.
乐动体育The measure would extend income taxes on the wealthy but would have no effect on Measure K, according to Rebecca Campbell, deputy Kings County administrative officer.
Measure K requires a two-thirds vote to go into effect. It would bring in $4 million to the county annually, to be broken down by population as follows:
$1.25 million to the Kings County Sheriff’s Office and the Kings County Fire Department
$1.5 million to the Hanford Police Department and the Hanford Fire Department
$675,000 to the Lemoore Police Department and the Lemoore Fire Department
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$335,000 to the Corcoran Police Department
$240,000 to the Avenal Police Department
County supervisors and the city councils of Hanford, Lemoore, Corcoran and Avenal have all voted to approve putting Measure K on the ballot.
Voters will also be selecting county supervisors for the next four years in Districts 2 and 5.
District 2 covers a portion of southern Kings County that includes the towns of Corcoran, Avenal and Kettleman City. It also includes Home Garden, the county residential enclave south of the Kings Fairgrounds.
District 5 includes slice of northeastern Kings County.
In District 2, incumbent Richard Valle is running for re-election. His opponent is business owner Debra Kwast.
Valle was first elected in 2008, then re-elected in 2012.
Kwast’s husband, Terry, ran against Valle in 2008 and lost by a wide margin, receiving 41 percent of the vote.
In District 5, incumbent Richard Fagundes is running for re-election. His opponent is former Kings County District Attorney Greg Strickland.
Fagundes was first elected in 2008, the re-elected in 2012.
Friday was the last day to file as a candidate.
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