By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews)
Source: City of Needles (Information)
Needles, California: Members of the Needles City Council discussed and gave direction on a proposed November 2022 ballot measure for a Cannabis Square Foot Tax Ordinance during the regular meeting of the Needles City Council (N.C.C.) and Needles Public Utility Authority (N.P.U.A.) held on Tuesday, June 14th, 2022.
Agenda Item 7: Public hearing noticed to consider all evidence and testimony for or against approval of a proposed November 8, 2022 ballot measure for a cannabis square foot tax ordinance.
➢ Staff Report
➢ Council Questions of Staff
➢ Mayor to open the public hearing
➢ Public Comment
➢ Mayor to close the public hearing
➢ Council Discussion / Deliberation
➢ Continue to work on a new taxing methodology that overcomes the deficiencies of the current system; work to perfect the existing self-reporting system to assure that the City is receiving the tax amounts owed as directed by the voters in 20112 and continue to update the marijuana/cannabis provisions of the Municipal Code in order to stay current with the ever-changing State laws.
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Following a meeting held 3 weeks ago with 11 of the 13 marijuana cultivators where they were not unanimous; some supported and some didn’t supported of the cannabis square foot tax ordinance and raised several issues, Needles City Manager Rick Daniels told members of the Needles City Council that, “I came to the conclusion that there is not enough time available to get this on the ballot and develop a consensus of agreeable methodology. But so my recommendation is to not put this question on the ballot, but that we continue to work on it.”
Needles City Attorney John Pinkney told to members of the Needles City Council that they don’t have to take action on this agenda item, other than give direction.
Needles City Council Member Zachery Longacre recused himself from the agenda item.
For more information, please contact Dale Jones, City Clerk at the City of Needles at: 1 (760) 326-2113.