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Does the City of Visalia really need another sales tax measure? Will it solve the city’s current needs or just maintain the status quo? If I vote for it, will the money go to services I think are essential?
These are the questions on Visalia residents’ minds and the City of Visalia is hoping to answer them at a series of community forums. The City of Visalia has been conducting a communitywide conversation to obtain feedback about services and programs important to the community and how to maintain and protect those essential city services.
In a recent resident survey, the community was asked to give their feedback on their priorities, which included:
• Maintain 9-1-1 emergency, police and fire response times
• Maintain police neighborhood patrols
• Address homelessness
• Maintain local ground water supplies and conservation efforts
• Maintain our streets and infrastructure
The community discussion continues with three public meetings, in which City staff members will provide a brief presentation and conduct a question and answer period.
The first meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 16 at the Visalia Police Department District 1, located at 204 N.W. 3rd Ave. in Visalia. The first of three public meetings, these are open to the public and will allow citizens the opportunity to learn more about the city’s essential services and provide feedback on moving forward to maintain the quality of life in Visalia. Refreshments will be provided and citizens of all ages are welcome to attend.
For those unable to attend in person, each of the meetings will stream via Facebook Live here on the City’s official page. Questions will be taken from the live-stream audience and addressed in real time.
For more information on essential services, visit www.visalia.city\youressentialservices, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call City of Visalia Administration at 713-4300.