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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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City of Irwindale
Measure I - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

117 votos si (60.6%)

76 votos no (39.4%)

To maintain City of Irwindale service levels including local police protection, 911 emergency response, public safety, senior citizen/park/transportation/recreation programs; maintain library services, and programs that create jobs/attract local businesses; fix potholes/streets; and other general City services; shall the measure enacting a three-quarters percent transactions and use sales tax to be levied annually to generate an estimated $1,180,000 until ended by voters be adopted requiring an ordinance, and funds only for Irwindale?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Fred Galante, City Attorney

The Irwindale City Council has placed Measure I on the November 5, 2019 ballot to ask the City’s voters to approve a transactions and use tax of 0.75% to be effective until ended by the voters. The law allows cities to enact transaction and use taxes, which are similar to sales taxes. The city declared a fiscal emergency in order to permit the consideration of the tax at the November 5, 2019 election.

Measure I is a general tax requiring a majority vote to pass and its proceeds will be deposited in the City’s general fund and may be expended for general governmental purposes, including but not limited to, local police protection, emergency response, senior citizen park, transportation and recreation programs, library services, job creation programs to attract businesses, fixing potholes and street improvements. City staff estimates that Measure I will raise $1,180,000 annually.

Specifically, Measure I places a transactions tax of 0.75% upon City retailers’ gross receipts from the retail sale of all tangible personal property sold within the City. The measure also places an excise tax upon the storage, use or other consumption in the City of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer for storage, use or other consumption within the City at a rate of 0.75% of the sales price of the property where “sales price” includes delivery charges subject to State sales or use tax, regardless of delivery destination. Retailers collect both the transactions and the use tax at the same time of sale and remit the funds to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which then remits those funds to the City. The proposed tax would be administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration in the same manner that sales tax is currently administered in order to reduce the cost of collecting the tax and to minimize the burden of record-keeping upon retailers subject to the tax. Collection of the tax would begin on April 1, 2020.

The current 9.5% “sales tax” levied in the City includes taxes levied by the State, county and other districts. The rate will be increased to 10.25% if Measure I is approved.

A “YES” vote is a vote to approve a 0.75% retail transactions and use tax perpetually until ended by the voters. A “NO” vote is a vote against a 0.75% retail transactions and use tax. The transactions and use tax in Measure I would take effect only if it receives a majority “YES” vote at the November 5, 2019, special municipal election.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Protecting Irwindale’s quality of life is critical – for our safety, our neighborhoods, our city services, and our future. If you agree, there’s nothing more important than Measure I on your November ballot. Join us in VOTING YES.

The City of Irwindale is working hard to make local government work, operating with fewer employees today than 10 years ago. The City has made cuts, instituted a hiring freeze, and attracted businesses. Despite these and other efficiencies, a structural deficit is expected to exhaust the City General Fund reserves if not addressed.

Measure I provides a prudent way to help close our city’s funding gap by authorizing a ¾% local sales tax to maintain essential city services and programs.

Measure I will help:

- Maintain police services and 911response times

- Preserve senior citizen, parks, transportation, and recreation services

- Keep Irwindale public library open and maintain hours

- Maintain programs that create jobs and attract local businesses

- Fix potholes, and maintain city streets and sidewalks.

Taxpayer protections are REQUIRED. ALL Measure I funds (100%) will stay locally controlled IN Irwindale – FOR Irwindale. By law, the County and State CANNOT take this funding away. Mandatory City of Irwindale financial audits and regular public reporting ensure proper spending.

Basic necessities like groceries and prescription medications WON’T be taxed. Visitors to Irwindale will pay their fair share, so residents won’t shoulder the entire cost.

Good things are happening in Irwindale – let’s keep it that way. Measure I provides a prudent plan to address the City of Irwindale’s most critical needs.

Everyone with a stake in Irwindale will benefit – seniors, youth, and residents.

Please join police, seniors, parents, neighborhood, civic and business leaders, and residents throughout Irwindale in taking this positive step to protect and maintain Irwindale’s essential city services and programs.

Please VOTE YES on I.

H. MANUEL ORTIZ

Councilmember, City of Irwindale

ALBERT F. AMBRIZ

Mayor, City of Irwindale

ARTHUR R. TAPIA

Chair, Irwindale Planning Commission

PAULA FRAIJO

Vice Chair, Irwindale Parks & Recreation Commission

MAGGIE GUZMAN

Chair, Irwindale Senior Citizen Commission

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

 

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