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City of Moreno Valley
Measure L - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


37,005 votes yes (71.89%)

14,471 votes no (28.11%)

100% of precincts reporting (52/52).

51,476 ballots counted.

To maintain community safety/quality neighborhoods by retaining police, firefighters, youth/senior services, drug/gang prevention, library, parks, street maintenance/other city services; shall an ordinance be adopted updating Moreno Valley's existing transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) from 8% to 13%, paid only by overnight hotel/lodging guests, providing $650,000 annually, that can only be ended by voters; requiring independent audits, financial oversight committee and all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Interim City Attorney for City of Moreno Valley

Moreno Valley Safety/Vital Services/Fiscal Stability Measure

This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Moreno Valley City Council. 

This Measure relates to an ordinance that proposes to amend Chapter 3.24 of the Moreno Valley Municipal Code titled “Transient Occupancy Tax.” This tax, which is commonly known as the “Hotel Tax,” is imposed on certain overnight guests of the City’s hotels which means any structure, or any portion of any structure, which is occupied or intended or designed for use or occupancy by guests. The Hotel Tax is not levied against the City’s residents or property owners; rather, it is levied against guests who occupy a hotel in the City of Moreno Valley for thirty calendar days or less. 

The Hotel Tax is a general tax that produces a stream of revenue for the City’s General Fund. The proceeds of the Hotel Tax are not restricted for a particular use or for particular types of expenditures. As such, the Hotel Tax revenue may be used for any general municipal purpose including, but not limited to, retaining police officers and firefighters, providing youth and senior services, implementing drug and gang prevention programs, expanding library services, and maintaining and improving the City’s streets and parks.

This Measure, if approved by a simple majority of the voters, would increase the rate of the Hotel Tax from eight percent (8%) to thirteen percent (13%) commencing ten (10) days after the results of the election are certified by the City Council. The increase is expected to produce an additional $650,000 annually in General Fund revenue for the City which may only be used locally. This additional revenue will also be subject to audits conducted by independent auditors and review and evaluation by a financial oversight committee appointed by the City Council. The five percent (5%) increase in the Hotel Tax will remain in place unless subsequently repealed by the voters.

A “YES” vote on this Measure will increase the existing Hotel Tax from eight percent (8%) to thirteen percent (13%), which may not be increased in the future without prior voter approval.

A “NO” vote on this Measure will keep the existing Hotel Tax at eight percent (8%).

This Impartial Analysis is hereby submitted to the City’s Elections Official in conformance with Section 9280 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

By: Steven B. Quintanilla

Interim City Attorney

City of Moreno Valley

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure L. If you

desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office

at (951) 413-3001 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Protect our vital public safety services, Vote Yes on L!

Violent crime is on the rise in our community and more and more gang members are coming into Moreno Valley from other Southern California communities to commit crimes. 

YES on L will help maintain gang and drug prevention programs, increase the number of police officers on our streets and make Moreno Valley safer – WITHOUT TAXING LOCAL RESIDENTS OR BUSINESSES.

Measure L is paid by out-of-town visitors and tourists when they stay at a hotel and NOT by Moreno Valley residents or property owners! Out-of-town visitors will pay their fair share for public safety and other services.

In An Emergency Seconds Count! YES on L maintains fast 911 emergency response times for our City’s paramedics, firefighters, and emergency medical workers who are the first to respond and save lives.

The State Has Taken Millions Of Dollars From Moreno Valley! Over the past five years the state has taken millions of dollars from Moreno Valley to balance their State budget – impacting the City’s ability to provide the services, especially public safety, at the levels needed. YES on L provides a source of LOCALLY-CONTROLLED funds – THAT CANNOT BE TAKEN BY THE STATE – for our LOCAL city.

YES on L Holds The City Council Accountable! YES on L is subject to INDEPENDENT ANNUAL AUDITS and requires that funds be monitored by a FINANCIAL OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE to ensure they are spent properly.


Join residents, business owns, police officer and 911 responders in voting YES on MEASURE L to protect keep our community safe and protect our city services!

By:   Oscar Valdepeña –President / CEO

        Norman Mark Tatum, AYSO Region 187

        Samuel A. Manella, Pres. Moreno Valley Pop Warner Football

Arguments AGAINST


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