To continue to provide about $5 million annually to preserve essential City services like Police, Fire, Parks, Library, Recreation and Public Works and other local programs and general services, shall an ordinance be adopted to extend the City of Covina's current 6% utility users tax on telephone, gas, electricity and water services to March of 2029, without raising the rate of the tax or taxing any additional utility services?
— Extend the Existing Utility Users Tax for Ten YearsOrdinance —
City of CovinaMeasure CC Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
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Impartial analysis / Proposal
The Covina City Council has placed a measure on the March 7, 2017 ballot asking voters to approve an extension of the Utility User Tax (“UUT”) Ordinance, set to expire on March 16, 2019. If approved by a majority vote Measure CC would authorize an amendment to the City’s UUT Ordinance (Covina Municipal Code, Chapter 3.14) to extend the life of the City’s UUT at its current rate of 6% by an additional ten (10) years. If approved by a majority of the voters, the UUT Ordinance would expire on March 16, 2029, unless further extended by the voters.
A UUT is a tax levied on each utility customer within the City’s boundaries. Since 2004, the City has imposed a 6% tax on telephone communication services (including land line telephone and cellular phone services), electricity, water, and gas services. The utility tax is computed based on a customer’s monthly utility usage and certain services charges. Since the tax is levied on the amount of each separate utility bill, the amount of tax varies based on the cost of the utility services provided for that billing period. The tax is collected by each utility provider and conveyed to the City.
Measure CC would not increase the current percentage rate of the tax, but would maintain the 6% tax on telephone communications, electricity, water, and gas services in the City. The UUT is a general tax. UUT revenues are paid into the City’s general fund to finance services such as police, fire, public works, parks, libraries and recreation.
Measure CC requires approval of a majority of voters. A “yes” vote for Measure CC will maintain th e existing UUT in place until March 16, 2029. A “no” vote against Measure CC will allow the City’s existing UUT Ordinance to expire on March 16, 2019.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure CC. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official’s office at (626) 384 - 5430 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE CC
Your YES VOTE on MEASURE CC is very important to keeping essential city services, maintaining property values and protecting the quality of life in Covina. Covina Community Matters has reviewed the city budget and found that Covina’s Utility Users Tax (UUT) provides critically needed funding for city services. Without the UUT, the quality of life in Covina will be seriously threatened.
Voting YES on MEASURE CC will only extend Covina’s current UUT ordinance - WITHOUT increasing the tax rate or making any other language changes.
MEASURE CC will:
Protect Covina from significant reductions in Police Services
Continue current funding levels for Fire Protection and Paramedic Services
Maintain essential street lighting, street repair, graffiti removal, code
enforcement services and school crossing guards
Ensure that Covina Senior Citizen services continue
Keep Covina’s Parks & Recreation programs from being completely
eliminated-including sports and after school programs
Save our city Library and library services from complete closure
100% of MEASURE CC funds will stay in Covina to fund these programs and
services. UUT Measure requires accountability:
Mandatory annual financial audits ensure funds are spent properly.
A ten year sunset guarantees a review for necessity.
Changes to the UUT cannot be made without a vote of the people.
Local police officers, firefighters, businesses, civic leaders, seniors, parents and
citizens throughout Covina urge you to join them in supporting UUT Measure.
Please VOTE YES to protect the Covina we know and love.
CVUSD Board Member
NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF COVINA EXTENDING
THE EXISTING UTILITY USERS TAX FOR A PERIOD OF TEN
THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF COVINA DO HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:
Section 1. Amendment. Section 3.14.260 of the Covina Municipal Code is hereby amended to read as follows:
“3.14.260. Sunset of Tax. The tax imposed by this chapter shall automatically be terminated, without further action by the City Council, or the electors of the City, on March 16, 2029. As part of the yearly budget process, the City Council shall conduct an annual review of the tax to determine potential downward adjustment. After March 16, 2029, the tax imposed by this chapter can only be continued or re-established by at least a majority vote of the City Council following required public hearings and a majority vote of Covina voters pursuant to California Propositions 62 and 218.”
Section 2. Effective Date. This ordinance is subject to a vote of the citizens of Covina and shall take effect, if approved by a majority of the voters voting at such election, ten (10) days following the date the election result is declared by the City Council, pursuant to Elections Code Section 9217. This ordinance does not increase the City’s current utility users tax.
Section 3. Severability. If any section, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid or unconstitutional by a decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of this ordinance. The People of the City of Covina hereby declare that they would have adopted this ordinance and each section, sentence, clause or phrase thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more section, subsections, sentences, clauses or phrases be declared invalid or unconstitutional.
Section 4. Certification /Summary. Following the City Clerk’s certification that the citizens of Covina have approved this Ordinance, he or she shall cause the same to be entered in the book of original ordinances of said City; and shall cause the same, or a summary thereof, to be published as required by law.