Legal cannabis operators are coming to Pomona, so voters on Tuesday have to decide whether those businesses should be taxed.
Measure PC would establish a tax rate of up to 6 percent of gross receipts for all commercial cannabis/marijuana activities and $10 per square foot for cultivation. It is expected to generate between $400,000 to $500,000 annually for the city.
The City Council has spent the last several months crafting an ordinance to regulate cannabis operations to generate much-needed revenues for the city’s coffers as well as creating resources to crack down on illegal shops. The city banned commercial marijuana operations in late 2017.
According to a recent survey, there’s a majority support for the measure.
In July, the city commissioned a survey asking residents a series of questions, including whether they sense a need for additional funding in Pomona. Residents were surveyed in English and Spanish by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, an independent public opinion firm based in Los Angeles.
A total of 63 percent of the residents believed it was accurate, or somewhat accurate for the city to tax marijuana businesses to fund city services.