AFSCME District Council 36

Management & City Employees Join Forces in Commerce to Protect Vital Services

In an important initial win for Commerce residents and employees, the Commerce City Council on August 6 voted to put a new local sales tax initiative on the ballot. The half-cent sales tax initiative, called the “vital city service protection measure,” was brought to the City Council for consideration by AFSCME activists Jason Stinnett, a Vice President of Council 36, and Kevin Larsen, the President of Local 773 (City of Commerce Employees) as a critical revenue solution to save public services and city jobs.

Just prior to their vote to support the measure, the City Council had declared a fiscal emergency – making clear the importance of this modest tax increase for the community. The measure could generate as much as $5 million or more if voters approve it in November. A poll co-funded by AFSCME Council 36, Local 773, and the City of Commerce shows that the measure stands a very strong chance of winning the needed votes.

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