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Supervisors refuse to put safety sales tax measure on ballot

Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood asked the Board of Supervisors Tuesday to put a sales tax measure on the November ballot to fund public safety agencies. The board rejected the idea.

Kern County supervisors on Tuesday rejected public safety department appeals for more money from the county budget and through a sales tax measure despite warnings services will suffer.

The work of the Kern County Sheriff’s Office, Fire Department, Probation Department and District Attorney’s and Public Defender’s offices remains the county’s highest priority, supervisors said. They have sheltered those departments from cuts for years.

But the county is in a four-year fiscal crisis that will only get worse in coming years, they said, and public

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Local pot initiative won't make November ballot

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