FRESNO, Calif. (KSEE/KGPE) – Leaders from both major political parties pushed back on a proposed tax-raising measure for Fresno County, describing it as “unprecedented.”
The group stood together on Tuesday on Bulldog Lane outside of Fresno State’s football stadium as part of what they said was a bid to protect taxpayers from Measure E.
“It is essentially going to double tax only Fresno County residents,” said Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Aria. “For a state university – when their kids may never attend the university.”
Measure E also known as the ‘Fresno State Improvement Zone Measure’, is a $1.5 billion local tax increase, according to the group against it.
“This measure would make us the highest tax county, ” said Fresno City Councilmember Miguel Arias
“It is an unprecedented tax, no other state schools in California are funded for local sales taxed and there’s no reason we should be doing that in Fresno County,” says Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of Fresno County, Kat McElroy.
In support of the tax-raising measure, the Fresno Chamber of Commerce describes Measure E as helping support the role that higher education plays in driving economic prosperity and fostering innovation in the community.
In a statement released later that day, State Assemblymember Jim Patterson said that, since 2016, “every time the CSU System or Fresno State has asked for augmentation to its budget, I have emphatically spoken out in favor of this funding – and each time those budget requests were denied by the Democrats in Sacramento.”
If approved by the voters, Measure E is projected to raise $63 million a year for Fresno State.