The Sun Voter Guide

Atwater voters left with tough choice: raise sales tax or watch public safety funding drop

Measure B

The City of Atwater is attempting to renew a half-cent sales tax that funds public safety services, although there is a twist. 

Atwater voters initially passed Measure B – known as the Atwater Police, Fire, 911 Emergency Response Measure – in 2013 for a 10-year period. 

If voters do not renew Measure B, it will expire next year and public safety funding will drop by around $2 million annually. 

The renewal would increase the sales tax rate from one half-cent to one cent. 

That increase is projected to bring in $4 million annually for Atwater. 

There is no automatic sunset clause in the Measure B renewal, meaning the tax would only end if voters decided on that in a future election. 

Daniel Gligich is a reporter for The San Joaquin Valley Sun, focusing on Fresno State Athletics and the southern San Joaquin Valley. Email him at