Newark calls special council meeting to discuss Utility Tax

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): Assistant City Manager Dennis Jones confirms that the main change is the length of the proposed tax from 20 years to 6 years, and the language will be included on the ballot. There will be an opportunity for public comment on the issue, Jones said.

Got word late this afternoon that Newark has called a special city council meeting for WEDNESDAY (Aug.5), 7:30 p.m. at City Hall  so that the board can discuss revisions to the utility users tax proposed by city staff. No word yet what changes are being suggested, but No Newark Tax — a group of citizens opposing the ballot measure — seems to think it’s to reduce the length of the proposed tax from 20 years to just six years. More to come when the city releases the agenda, which should be within the hour …

Here is my original story (LINK).



  1. When city staff was asked if the tax would be on the entire amount of a utility bill thus making it a tax on a tax, the staff person did not know. We should know before the city council meeting. It is just amazing that the mayor and council members voted to put a twenty year utility users tax on the ballot when they did not know how the tax was constructed. What else is out there waiting to be discovered?

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