Can the budget shortfall be funded with aditional sales taxes instead of property taxes?

Currently the only option available to the city is to raise the sales tax rate by 0.1 percent for Public Safety purposes. To accomplish this, the city would need to place a separate ballot measure before Gig Harbor voters. If approved, it would generate approximately $1 million annually in General Fund revenue. This amount falls below the $2 million shortfall.

At its January 25 study session, council indicated that it intends to put the Public Safety sales tax ballot measure on the ballot for the August 2024 primary election. If both the levy lid lift and the Public Safety sales tax measures pass the city would be able to support increases in police and public safety for the city. 

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1. What is a levy lid lift?
2. How much will my property taxes go up if the levy lid lift passes?
3. How is money from property taxes used?
4. What led to this budget shortfall?
5. What has changed in the past ten years?
6. What efficiencies has the city implemented to cut costs?
7. What will happen if this levy lid lift is not approved?
8. How much revenue will the proposed levy lid lift generate?
9. Who pays the property taxes?
10. The city council just gave an additional $2 million for the Sports Complex project? How is this possible with the projected revenue shortfall?
11. The levy lid lift would raise the property tax rate to $1.10 per $1,000 in assessed value. Why am I paying more than $8.00 per $1,000?
12. Which budgeted staff positions has the city "frozen" in 2023?
13. The levy lid lift is proposing to raise the city's property tax rate 60% from $.70 per $1,000 to $1.10 per $1,000. Will my property tax bill go up 60%?
14. Are there reserve funds available to help address the budget shortfall?
15. If approved, what new services will the levy lid lift provide?
16. Can the budget shortfall be funded with aditional sales taxes instead of property taxes?
17. Why was my property tax rate reduced from $1.40 per $1,000 in 2014 to only $0.70 in 2024?