Construction on new businesses in Hanford

Construction work is continuing on a four-story extended stay hotel near 12th Avenue and Highway 198 in Hanford.

Gary Feinstein The Sentinel

HANFORD – Next week, the Hanford City Council will discuss the possibility of establishing a tax on medical marijuana businesses as well as the concept of raising the occupancy tax for motel and hotel stays.

Both items are on the agenda for Tuesday night's upcoming council meeting.

The pot tax proposal will be discussed in light of the fact that Purple Heart, a medical marijuana dispensary in Oakland, has proposed to establish a large pot growing and processing business in Kings Industrial Park in south Hanford.

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Creating the tax would allow the city to financially benefit if the council ultimately approves the Purple Heart proposal.

In November 2016, Coalinga voters passed a square-footage tax on several medical marijuana businesses planning to locate in that city.

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All local tax increases have to be approved by voters, according to Darlene Mata, Hanford's community development director.

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That would include the idea of increasing the transient occupancy tax included in the bill travelers pay for overnight stays in Hanford motels and hotels.

Officials have discussed the idea of increasing the tax from 8 percent to 13 percent and using the extra 5 percent to improve downtown Hanford, though no official action has been taken by the City Council.

The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers inside the Civic Auditorium.

The reporter can be reached at snidever@hanfordsentinel.com or 583-2432. 

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