Community approach best choice for fighting crime in Antioch

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For a community to stamp out crime, it takes all kinds, from street cops to soccer coaches to neighborhood watch captains.

They’re the pillars of crime suppression, intervention and prevention.

The California Apartment Association applauds the council’s unanimous vote to place a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot.

These front-line crime-fighters need back-up, so to speak. Keeping criminals behind bars and at-risk youth on the right path costs money.

And in Antioch, the City Council made the right move last month by asking voters to help raise the needed dollars.

The California Apartment Association applauds the council’s unanimous vote to place a half-cent sales tax on the November ballot.

This offers a community-wide opportunity to tackle a community-wide problem.

CAA also thanks the three council members who voted against placing a second item before voters in November to change the way residential landlords are taxed for doing business. The proposal would have taxed landlords based on the number of units managed, as opposed to gross receipts, resulting in a much higher assessment.

While creating a new revenue source, this proposal would have unfairly shifted the burden of fighting crime onto property owners, and ultimately, their tenants. Unlike the sales tax, the Residential Landlord Business License Tax measure would have forced one segment of the community to shoulder the financial burden for everyone’s problem.

At the same time, CAA has pledged to the entire council its commitment to helping solve Antioch’s crime problem.

In the months to come, CAA will campaign for the sales tax increase while working closely with the city and proponents of the failed landlord tax proposal to find ways we all can work together to make Antioch a safer place to call home.

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