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Adelanto Hosting Town Hall Meeting on Marijuana Tax

ADELANTO, CA— With a little more than 30-days until election day, Adelanto leaders are hosting another Town Hall meeting for residents to ask questions about a proposed tax on the November ballot for businesses involved in the cultivation, manufacturing, distribution/transportation, testing, and dispensing of marijuana.

A Town Hall meeting has been scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on October 13, 2016 at Heritage Field (formerly Maverick Stadium).

“We feel strongly that an educated and informed voter is a smart voter,” said Mayor Rich Kerr, “so we want people to come and learn why the tax is being proposed and the benefits for Adelanto if it is approved,” he added.

The City Council decided at its July 13, 2016 Council meeting to place a measure on the ballot for the November 8, 2016 General Election to impose excise taxes up to five-percent on each type of commercial marijuana activity in the City.

There has been no opposition to the tax by the businesses that have already applied to open shop in Adelanto, and the Mayor stressed that it is important for residents to understand that the tax will not apply to them and how the funds will support essential services and programs.

In addition to several presentations at the Town Hall meeting that will explain how medical cannabis benefits consumers, a panel including the City Attorney will be available to take questions from the audience.

“The main reason for the Town Hall meeting is to make sure that residents can ask questions to help them decide if they want to support the tax or not,” said Kerr.

Mayor Kerr added that the City Council has made good faith efforts to resolve the city’s revenue shortfall through an aggressive Economic Development program, but in order to keep up with the demand for services and program the city has to find other ways to increase its tax base.

For more information about the Town Hall meeting contact City Manager Cindy Herrera at (760) 246-2300 or by email at: cherrera@ci.adelanto.ca.us, or Mayor Rich Kerr at (760) 246-2300 or by email at: rkerr@ci.adelanto.ca.us.

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