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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
Local

City of Sierra Madre
Measure S - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

1,975 votos si (80.9%)

466 votos no (19.1%)

To maintain police, fire and paramedic response times; maintain police patrols, emergency planning and response, provide for parks, streets, sidewalks and parkway trees, library services, recreation programs, senior programs, and general finances, shall the City of Sierra Madre establish a 3/4¢ sales tax until ended by voters, providing approximately $225,000 annually with all revenue remaining in Sierra Madre for the benefit of its residents?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Teresa L. Highsmith, City Attorney

Measure S would adopt a local transactions and use tax in the City of Sierra Madre at the rate of three quarters of one cent for every dollar spent (or .75%). This kind of tax is often called a “sales tax.” The proceeds of this tax would be used to provide funding for general fund obligations including support for public safety; paramedic emergency response; police services such as neighborhood patrols, gang, drug and crime prevention; street maintenance; park maintenance; community service programs for seniors and youth; and library services.

The proposed .75% sales tax would be in addition to existing sales tax, and it would be levied on the sale or use of tangible personal property sold at retail. It is estimated that the proposed .75% local sales tax will raise approximately $225,000 annually from retail sales of goods sold to travelers and visitors to the City of Sierra Madre, as well as to residents; 100% of the proposed .75% local sales tax would remain in Sierra Madre. Retailers collect the tax at the time of sale and remit it to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which administers the tax. The tax does not apply to goods or services which are not already subject to state sales tax.

Measure S is a general tax and requires a simple majority voter approval (50% plus 1 vote). If approved, the tax will remain in effect until amended or repealed by the voters.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the .75 percent local transactions and use tax.

A “no” vote is a vote against authorizing the local transaction and use tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measure S. This measure was initiated by Sierra Madre Citizens, by honorably doing the right thing – working hard to collect signatures to qualify the measure for this ballot. Our neighboring City Councils did it the easy way – declaring a financial emergency thereby placing a similar measure on their respective ballots. Why do this now? Because it is inevitable that LA County or another agency will eventually propose the same 0.75% tax increase to match the maximum state-mandated sales tax cap, in which case Sierra Madre would not receive the revenue from sales taxes paid by its residents. Voting YES on Measure S keeps the additional $200,000 in tax sales tax collected right here in Sierra Madre for our benefit, instead of going to other causes with which our voters might not agree. Our neighboring cities have already voted in the same sales tax increase. When you shop in Pasadena or Arcadia, you subsidize their respective General Fund accounts by paying this extra 0.75% sales tax. Let’s level the playing field, so when our neighbors visit Sierra Madre to dine and shop, they contribute to Sierra Madre’s General Fund. Remember that Sierra Madre does not receive revenue from malls, big box stores, hotels etc., as do our neighbors. This small increment to our General Fund will help to fund and improve the things that are important to us: public safety, our library, parks, streets, sidewalks and trees. Vote YES on Measure S!

PATRICIA ALCORN

GARY HOOD

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

 

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