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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections

City of Monrovia
Measure K - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


2,801 votos si (63.4%)

1,620 votos no (36.6%)

To keep local sales tax dollars in Monrovia to fund general city services, including community center improvements, police, fire, 911, senior services, parks, recreation, clean water and others, shall the Monrovia Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2019, placed on the ballot by the City Council, be approved, imposing a 0.75% transactions and use (sales) tax to collect approximately $4.5 million annually spent only in Monrovia, with a Citizens Advisory Committee and annual spending plan?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Craig A. Steele, City Attorney

Measure K is the “Keep Monrovia Revenue Local Sales and Use Tax Measure.” If approved by the voters, it would adopt the City of Monrovia Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2019 (the “Sales Tax Ordinance”). Measure K would increase the City’s existing sales tax rate by 0.75%, or three quarters of one cent, on every dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City, and on the taxable storage, use or consumption in the City of goods purchased.

The Measure would be a general tax. The City estimated that this Measure will raise approximately $4.5 million per year in new local revenue for use in the City. The City Council’s adopted ballot question states this new revenue would be used for essential general city services including community center improvements, police, fire, 911, senior services, parks and recreation, clean water and other general purposes. California law gives cities the authority to adopt local measures like this one, in the amount proposed, with the approval of the voters. Under current state law, the local tax rate may not be increased beyond the rate proposed in the Sales Tax Ordinance and will be in effect until ended by the voters. Measure K was placed on the ballot by the unanimous vote of the Monrovia City Council.

The Sales Tax Ordinance provides that the revenue will be collected by the State of California under a contract in the same way the existing sales tax is collected, and paid over to the City. Accountability over revenue and expenditures from the Sales Tax Ordinance will be ensured by the appointment of a Citizen’s Advisory Committee and an annual spending plan approved by the City Council. The funds from the Sales Tax Ordinance will be part of the City’s annual independent audit, the report of which is available to the public. Financial information also is disclosed in the City’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and other public documents. The total sales tax rate paid in Monrovia, which includes the sales tax collected for the State of California,
Los Angeles County, and other public agencies such as the Metropolitan Transit Authority, is 9.5% now. If the Measure is approved by the voters, the total sales tax rate in the City would be 10.25%, subject to any changes in state law. Sales tax is not collected on items such as prescription medications or food bought as groceries.

Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, commonly known as Proposition 218, requires that the proposed general tax be approved by a majority of the voters voting on the Measure. A “yes” vote on Measure K is to adopt the Sales Tax Ordinance. A “no” vote on Measure K is to not adopt the Sales Tax Ordinance.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measure K to keep local sales tax dollars in Monrovia so that we can protect funding for local City priorities, including community center improvements, police, fire, 911, senior services, parks, recreation, library, and clean water.

Right now, the base sales tax rate in LA County is 9.5%, and given current State regulations, that local sales tax rate can only increase by another 0.75%, to a maximum rate of 10.25%.

Since 2008, LA County has had a perfect record of eventually passing every single tax measure they have put on the ballot. We also know that
LA County and regional agencies are considering sales tax increases that would take our local sales tax rate to the 10.25% maximum level and take that money from Monrovia.

Rather than allow the remaining 0.75% of sales tax capacity to be taken from us, we urge all Monrovians to vote YES on Measure K. Why send our sales tax dollars to other cities?

Approving Measure K would prevent other agencies from instituting future local sales tax increases in our City. By voting YES, Monrovia can protect our monies and keep our sales tax dollars local!

The City would use the funds raised from approval of Measure K to make tangible improvements all throughout Monrovia. We have adopted an allocation plan that focuses on using Measure K proceeds to:

Upgrade our Community Center

   Put money into our savings account to help the City achieve a AAA credit rating

   Give money back to residents by eliminating certain fees paid by Monrovia residents

   Invest in additional Citywide capital enhancements, including funding for parks and facilities

   Fund key community priorities, including affordable housing efforts and bolstering the City’s Housing Displacement Response Program

We urge you to vote YES on Measure K! Let’s keep Monrovia revenues local and make Monrovia the best place that it can be!




Mayor Pro Tem








Argumento EN CONTRA



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