Measure E, the Fresno County sales tax initiative that would benefit Fresno State, received a major endorsement on Friday.
The Fresno Chamber of Commerce pledged its support for Measure E, saying the tax is a necessary investment in the future of the region’s workforce and community.
The big picture: Measure E is a 0.25 percent sales tax which is projected to generate $63 million annually over 25 years, totaling nearly $1.6 billion over the life of the tax.
- Funds would be spent on projects identified by Fresno State, which – according to a list provided by the university – would be split 84.6 percent for academic facilities and programs and 15.4 percent for athletics.
What they’re saying: Chamber President and CEO Scott Miller said the board of directors voted overwhelmingly in support of Measure E because they understand the benefits that come from having a thriving university in Fresno.
- “”It is one of our largest economic drivers and a key asset to attracting businesses and driving job creation in our region,” Miller said.”
- Board member Blair Smittcamp-Martin added, “Fresno State has been a cornerstone of our community for decades, producing graduates who go on to be leaders in our community and expanding the pipeline of skilled professionals that local businesses depend on. This is an investment in our future workforce, in the private industries that depend on Fresno State and in the future of our region.”