Brentwood’s Proposition B, a half-cent sales tax increase voters will decide on April 2, is a plan to help fund Brentwood Bound, a $79 million project that focus on revitalizing parts of Brentwood.
If the tax passes it would push the city’s rate — combining state, county and city sales taxes — close to 10 percent. The current rate is 9.113, according to one website, and others. Areas of the city currently paying for a TIF can be higher (for instance the sales tax at REI is now at 10.238 percent).
The plan would include Deer Creek flood mitigation and improvements to Manchester Road in the area between Hanley Road and Brentwood Boulevard.
A Brentwood resident emailed 40 South, saying he thinks it’s a risky gamble by Brentwood because the tax rate now exceeds 10 percent, which is already causing some shoppers to avoid Brentwood retailers. If the city were to raise its tax rate yet again – right on the heels of the zoo sales-tax rate hike – he thinks there might be a noticeable shift of shoppers away from Brentwood businesses. And a reduction in sales would doom the additional funds needed for Deer Creek flood mitigation.