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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections

City of Lynwood
Measure PS - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


1,384 votos si (76.3%)

430 votos no (23.7%)

To protect and maintain vital city police services, fire protection, street and pothole repair, parks and recreation programs; and other essential services, shall the City of Lynwood remove the 10 year sunset provision from the existing one cent sales and use tax? All funds remain in Lynwood.

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Noel Tapia, City Attorney

Lynwood City Voters previously approved a Penny Tax Ballot Measure on November 8, 2016 which enacted a Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance (“Sales Tax Ordinance”) that increased the City’s existing sales tax rate by 1.0%, from 9% to 10%. The total sales tax rate in the City is currently 10.25% which includes State, County and City sales taxes. The existing Sales Tax Ordinance contains a “sunset” provision which automatically reduces the sales tax back to 9.5% in 2026. Measure PS would revise the “sunset” provision so that the total sales tax of 10.25% would remain in effect until terminated.

The existing tax is a general sales and use tax. The tax revenues will be deposited in the City’s general fund and may be used for any municipal purpose. The City Council unanimously declared a fiscal emergency and voted to place this removal of the “sunset” provision on the ballot at a special election of the City in order to insure continued funding of public services such as to repair/reconstruct local streets/sidewalks, support Sheriff and fire suppression services, encourage economic development and youth job training programs, improve parks as well as other general City services. An analysis estimates that this measure may raise approximately $5.0 million per year in general fund revenue for the City.

The existing sales tax would continue to be administered by the California State Board of Equalization at the same time and in the same manner as before. The tax would not automatically terminate in 2026.

Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, commonly known as Prop. 218, requires that the proposed tax be approved by a majority of the voters voting on the ballot measure.

A “yes” vote will remove the “sunset” provision returning the sales tax rate to 9.5% and retain the existing 10.25% (combined State, County and City) sales and use tax. A “no” vote will allow the 10.25% sales tax to automatically reduce to 9.50% in 2026.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Mayor Jose Luis Solache, the unanimous City Council, City Manager Jose Ometeotl and Lynwood business leaders agree:

Measure PS will make our city safer and fiscally healthier.

We need Measure PS to maintain Sheriff response times. Measure PS will assure continued funding to hire sufficient Sheriff deputies to protect us. We need Measure PS to help fight gangs and drug crimes. More funds can be used to expand gang suppression and prevention programs, find and go after drug dealers, and provide options for at-risk youth.

We need Measure PS to make sure that those suffering from heart attacks, strokes, or other medical emergencies get an immediate response.

Measure PS dollars will be used to fix bad roads today and will save public monies by not having to reconstruct those same roads later at greater cost, not to mention public safety traveling on the City’s roads.

Measure PS allows us to avoid debt and provides needed funding to invest in important basic services such as:

Improving 911 police and fire response times;

Expanding proven anti-crime programs like gang prevention, the summer team and after-school academics programs;

Maintaining firefighting services;

Repairing streets;

Providing programs for our youth.

Measure PS has strong accountability provisions, such as an independent citizens’ oversight committee, fiscal restraints, and annual financial audits to help ensure funds are spent appropriately.

Now that we have reduced personnel, implemented cost-saving measures, and are reforming City staff expenses to reduce costs, we need this measure to restore and continue basic city services.

For a safer and brighter Lynwood and community, vote Yes on Measure PS.


City Manager, City of Lynwood

Argumento EN CONTRA



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