Nipomo Incorporation Meeting Update–Including Latest Sales Tax Figures

The SCAC incorporation committee met Tuesday night, 11/14/06. There will likely be offical minutes posted on the official SCAC website at some point; however, I wanted to post a couple of my own comments this evening. We had a pretty good turn out. Of course, it was our first meeting for several months, which may have accounted for some of the turn out. We even had Randi Block, from the Santa Maria Times, who may be writing a story about the meeting and incorporation generally. I would estimate we had between 15 to 18 people turn out tonight. Mike Eisner would have the exact count, as he took roll. Regardless, everyone who turned out indicated that they were interested in continuing the incorporation dialogue. Everyone also expressed willingness to be part of an upcoming incorporation workshop that will be put together some time in January 2007. The focus will be to brainstorm and come up with ideas about the future of the incorporation discussion in Nipomo, how best to involve the public, slogans, educational talking points and the like. It should be an interesting endeavor. I hope others who did not make this evening’s meeting will be able to come in January.

We also reviewed the most recent sales tax information provided from the county. As of the end of the 4th Quarter, 2005 Nipomo generated $921,000 in sales tax that if we were a city now would have been returned to the Nipomo City coffers.

Let’s put that number in perspective. When Michael Davis prepared his report, he used the latest sales tax figures available from San Luis Obispo County at that time. If Nipomo had been incorporated in 2002 and during the first quarter of 2003, we would have generated $728,377 in sales tax. That is the figure Michael Davis used to prepare his initial report.

Mr. Davis projected that by fiscal year 2007/2008 Nipomo’s projected sales tax revenue would be $865,004. In reality, two years ahead of that projection, we are already at $921,000, nearly $100,000 ahead of that projected number and two years earlier. This is good news for the fiscal feasibility of a future incorporation.

We also discussed the NCSD’s involvement. Or course, they financed the Davis report originally. They have not taken any recent action toward incorporation. At their last meeting where they discussed incorporation their consensus was to table it until further need to discuss incorporation. In later posts I will point out why I think the time for that need has arrived. I anticipate that incorporation will be back on the NCSD agenda in the coming weeks.

I anticipate a couple of newspaper stories about our last meeting, which I will highlight once they are published.


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