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June 5, 2018 — Elecciones Primarias de California
Local

City of Rolling Hills Estates
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

1,776 votos si (79.61%)

455 votos no (20.39%)

100% de distritos activos (6/6).

Shall an ordinance to simplify the City of Rolling Hills Estates' existing business license ordinance be adopted, eliminating outdated classifications and updating business license tax rates to either flat rate, or 0.05% - 0.4% of gross receipts (depending on business type) generating approximately $200,000 annually, dedicated to local, unrestricted general revenue purposes, including sheriff's patrols; 911 response; park/street maintenance; requiring local control of all funds and annual independent audits, until ended by voters?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Donald M. Davis, City Attorney

Consistent with the practices of other California cities, the City of Rolling Hills Estates (City) requires that, generally, any person or entity conducting business in the City pay a business license tax to the City. It is not a tax on residents, consumers, or users who are not business owners or operators. The Rolling Hills Estates City Council has placed a measure on the June 5, 2018 ballot, asking voters to adopt an ordinance to amend Chapter 5.08 of the Rolling Hills Estates Municipal Code, which establishes the City’s business license tax schedule.

Currently, unless exempt, businesses pay the annual business license tax based on a number of different classifications and rates. The existing tax rate structure divides businesses into 30 different tax classifications. Some businesses are charged a tax based on a flat rate, some are charged a tax based on a flat rate plus additional tax based on the number of employees or specific equipment used in the operation of the business, some are charged a tax based on a flat rate and a percentage of gross receipts, and some are charged a tax based only on their gross receipts. These existing tax rates and classifications have not been adjusted for inflation or otherwise changed in over 30 years. 

If approved by a majority of the voters, the measure would enact an ordinance that would streamline the business license tax system by reducing the tax classifications from 30 to 15, and assess the taxes based on either a flat rate or a percentage of gross receipts. The revised business license tax classifications and rates would become effective on January 1, 2019. The proposed ordinance also provides for tax rate adjustments for inflation every five years, beginning on January 1, 2024. The ordinance should be consulted for a description of each of the proposed tax classifications and tax rates.

The proposed ordinance does not affect existing exemptions, including exemptions for nonprofits.

If approved, the business license tax will continue until repealed by the voters or suspended in whole or in part by the City Council. 

The existing business license tax generated approximately $282,000 in revenue for the City in 2017. The proposed revised business license tax classifications and rates are initially expected to raise approximately $170,000 in additional revenues annually, which amount will increase as business revenues increase.

The tax revenue will continue to be placed in the City’s general fund and may be used for any general municipal purposes, including to fund essential services such as sheriff’s patrols, emergency response, and park and road maintenance and improvements. The funds will also remain subject to an independent annual audit.

A “yes” vote is a vote to revise the business license tax classifications and rates as set forth in the proposed ordinance.

A “no” vote would maintain the existing business license tax classifications and rates.

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