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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections

City of South Pasadena
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


2,608 votos si (60.5%)

1,702 votos no (39.5%)

To maintain 9-1-1 emergency response times, including to home break-ins and thefts; neighborhood, school and park police patrols, fire/paramedic services, fire station operations, emergency preparedness; retain/attract local businesses; maintain streets/infrastructure; provide other general services and maintain City finances, shall the City of South Pasadena establish a 3/4¢ sales tax providing approximately $1,500,000 annually until ended by voters, all funds remaining in South Pasadena?

¿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 A would adopt a local transactions and use tax in the City of South Pasadena 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 $1,500,000 annually from retail sales of goods sold to travelers and visitors to the City of South Pasadena, as well as to residents; 100% of the proposed .75% local sales tax would remain in South Pasadena. 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 A 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 If approved, the tax will remain in effect until amended or repealed by the voters.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 A to maintain important city infrastructure and services that promote South Pasadena’s quality of life and safeguard our community.

Vote YES on Measure A to protect high-quality paramedic, fire, police, library, senior and youth services and our city’s ability to maintain our roads, sidewalks, storm drains, and parks.

If approved, Measure A will create a modest 0.75% increase in the sales tax to fund the services and facilities we all care about.

Measure A funds can only be used by the City of South Pasadena—they cannot be taken by any other entity. That will mean approximately $1.5 million in additional funds annually. South Pasadena businesses are supporting the measure, and the Chamber of Commerce has endorsed it.

Twenty-one cities in Los Angeles County, including Arcadia, Pasadena, Burbank, and Glendale, have approved similar measures.

The City of South Pasadena has been fiscally prudent with its limited budget and has maintained a quality level of service without increasing personnel.

South Pasadena residents know that when we call 911, help will arrive fast. We enjoy well-maintained parks, and our library, recreational facilities and Senior Center offer enriching gathering places for residents of all ages.

Vote YES on Measure A to keep it this way!

We love South Pasadena. Let’s protect so much of what makes it such a special place.

Join South Pasadena paramedics, firefighters, police officers, business people, parents, seniors, and your neighbors from across the city and vote YES on Measure A!

Keep it Local!


South Pasadena Mayor Pro Tem


School Board Member


Chamber of Commerce Chair/General Contractors




Former Mayor

Argumento EN CONTRA



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