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March 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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Temporary Excise Tax to Partially Fund Police Protection Services

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March 7, 2017Local Elections

City of Cudahy
Measure PS - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

333 votes yes (26.47%)

925 votes no (73.53%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (3/3).

Shall the 2017 Temporary Public Safety Funding Ordinance imposing an excise tax of $139 per parcel per year on single-family and unimproved property; $181 per dwelling per year on multifamily property; and between $1,550 to $49,600 per parcel per year on industrial, commercial, mobilehome park and other nonresidential properties be adopted for 5 years to raise approximately $2,000,000 per year to pay for approximately half of the City's annual cost of providing police protection services?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure PS, the “2017 Temporary Public Safety Funding Ordinance” would establish a parcel tax on real property parcels in the City of Cudahy (“City”). Proceeds of the tax may only be used to pay for police protection services in the City and for no other purpose. Eligible uses for Measure PS funds include paying for police equipment and paying for the cost of police personnel. The proceeds may also be used to pay for contracted police protection services provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Currently, it costs the City approximately $4.0M per year to provide police protection services at its current level of service. The tax imposed under Measure PS is estimated to raise approximately half of this amount or approximately $2.0M. Without the tax, the City may need to consider lowering its current levels of service in order to reduce costs.

The tax has a 5-year sunset and will expire automatically on June 30, 2022.

The owner of each real property parcel subject to the tax would be responsible for paying the tax. The tax would be collected through the property owner’s annual property tax bill.

– The tax for single family residential parcels is $139 per parcel per year; – The tax for unimproved parcels would also be $139 per parcel per year;

– The tax for multifamily residential parcels (i.e., a single parcel containing multiple residential dwelling units) would pay $181 per single family residential dwelling on the parcel;

– The amount of the tax paid for other parcels (e.g., industrial parcels, commercial parcels and mobilehome park land) is based on the square footage of the parcel as follows:

Annual Parcel Tax

Parcel Use      Parcel Size                                Rate (Starting

Type             (square feet)                             with FY2017-2018)

Other parcel     0 to 9,999                          $1,550 per parcel

10,000 to 24,999               $3,100 per parcel

25,000 to 49,999               $6200 per parcel

50,000 to 99,999               $12,400 per parcel

100,000 to 249,999           $24,800 per parcel

250,0000 plus                   $49,600 per parcel

Parcels that are legally exempt from federal taxation under the IRS code as well as government-owned property are exempt from the tax.

Measure PS must be approved by a 2/3 majority of those casting votes at the March 7, 2017 General Municipal Election in order to be approved.

RICK OLIVAREZ
City Attorney

   
— City Attorney for City of Cudahy

Arguments FOR

Vote “Yes” on Measure PS for Public Safety!

Vote “Yes” to Preserve and Save current levels of police protection services in Cudahy!

For the first time in City’s history, you can determine City’s future police services levels for the next five years. Approval by 2/3 vote would generate approximately $2,000,000, half of City’s annual $4,000,000 police service costs which are rapidly rising. If the parcel tax is approved, by law Measure PS dollars can only be used to pay police protection services.

The economic recession of 2008 and the loss of $8,000,000 total since 2012 after Governor Brown dissolved the City’s Community Redevelopment Agency further exacerbated the City’s Budget. Despite these challenges, in 2015, the City Council, recognizing that safety is critical to maintaining a stable and prosperous community, voted to reinstate minimum police deployment services and allocated additional funding for a dedicated deputy to establish a Neighborhood Watch Program at a cost of $250,000. Recently enhanced police services including Neighborhood Watch and Crime Free Multi-Family Programs have led to the City recently being named the 76th Safest City in California.

To maintain these very significant public safety gains, Cudahy voters are urged to vote “Yes” on Measure PS, a temporary parcel tax that will expire in 5 years. The tax will be paid by the owners of real property; not by tenants or renters. It will raise necessary funding to maintain current levels of police services and free up scarce general fund dollars needed to pay for street repairs, youth recreation programs and other revitalization efforts. Cudahy families and their children deserve a safe community environment.

Vote “YES” for Public Safety!
Vote “YES” to Promote Security!
Vote “YES” on Measure PS!

For more detailed information, read the ONE Cudahy magazine and reference the Fundraising at the Polls article.

 

CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
Vice Mayor

Arguments AGAINST

NO BAILOUT TAX!

This tax amounts to a BAILOUT tax for the City Council, which has so severely mismanaged the City’s budget that it now wants YOU to pay for it. The City’s General Fund is projected to have $7.4 million revenue and $8.3 million expenditures, resulting in a deficit of $900K. This reflects irresponsible out-of-control spending by the City Council on lucrative contracts for special vendors and consultants, cushy deals for campaign contributors, generous travel budget for Council members, and excessive compensation for senior management, including a City Manager who is paid more than the Governor of California!

The Council is trying to sell this as a “LAW ENFORCEMENT” tax, but this is very misleading! The City of Cudahy has a contract with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. Law enforcement is already paid for from the General Fund, and this would continue with or without the Tax. The Council basically wants to FREE-UP the General Fund with YOUR tax dollars, to pay for special interest pet projects that have nothing to do with law enforcement.

Vote NO on higher TAXES!

Vote NO on higher RENT for your home!

JACK M. GUERRERO, CPA
Councilmember

 

SERGIO VASQUEZ
Community Activist

Replies to Arguments FOR

Do not be fooled! This proposition is a BAILOUT TAX FOR THE CITY COUNCIL.

FACT:

The City Council continues to run irresponsible deficits, with General Fund expenditures projected to exceed revenues by approximately $900K in the current fiscal year.

FACT:

Last year, the City Council ran approximately $2 million deficit, totally exceeding all estimates, including the originally budgeted deficit of $1 million. The Council passed an irresponsible budget to begin with, and then missed the mark altogether!

FACT:

The General Fund pays for essential services (like park maintenance and public safety), but it also pays for non-essential contracts, like hundreds of thousands of dollars in lucrative consulting agreements for campaign contributors, unethical contracts that circumvent the bidding process, excessive pensions for senior management, and even legal fees to negotiate use of the City’s logo by a for-profit corporation owned by a friend of the Council.

Now, the Council wants YOU to pay $2 million for “public safety”, but what it REALLY wants to do is FREE-UP the General Fund. This way, the Council can keep funding non-essential lucrative consulting agreements. This is UNFAIR! The Council already RAISED FEES on residents for parking, facilities, park access, and even sports programs for children. Now the Council wants YOU to pay more!

The parcel tax will affect HOMEOWNERS and RENTERS alike, because property management companies can simply pass the new tax along to renters.

Send a message to the Council:

NO BAILOUT!

NO HIGHER TAXES!

NO HIGHER RENTS!

JACK M. GUERRERO, CPA
Councilmember

 

SERGIO VASQUEZ
Community Activist

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Vote “YES” on Proposition PS!

If approved the revenue generated will only be spent on maintaining our minimum police protection deployment requirements intact. As previously mentioned, due to the reduction in revenue coming to the city to cover the growing police services and administrative costs, the city council has two options. Firstly, either reduce police protection services to below minimum deployment and put our community at risk, as the opposition suggests in order to reduce costs and become fiscally balanced. Or secondly, we can avoid that and continue providing public safety services as required by increasing revenues if this proposition passes. If the proposition passes, it will allow us to continue investing in our community public safety services to ensure that our children have a safer environment. Unlike the opposition, the majority of council does not believe we should compromise the safety of our community for the sake of reducing costs. Cutting the public safety budget was not the answer in 2013, and it is not the answer TODAY.

Remember property owners, as public safety increases so do property values!

Let’s not regress to old 2013 tactics, as the opposition suggests, by cutting the budget and jeopardizing the safety of our families and youth.

Invest in Public Safety!

Vote yes to continue expanding our community public safety programs such as citizens’ academy, neighborhood watch program, and the crime free multi-family housing program!

This is your choice, Vote YES on Proposition PS!

CHRISTIAN HERNANDEZ
Vice Mayor

Proposed legislation

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CUDAHY, CALIFORNIA ADDING A NEW CHAPTER 3.30 TO BE ENTITLED “2017 TEMPORARY PUBLIC SAFETY FUNDING ORDINANCE” TO TITLE 3 (REVENUE AND FINANCE) OF THE CUDAHY MUNICIPAL CODE.

THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF CUDAHY DO ORDIANE AS FOLLOWS:

SECTION 1. The Cudahy Municipal Code is hereby amended by the addition of a new Chapter 3.30 (2017 Temporary Public Safety Funding Ordinance) to Title 3 (Revenue and Finance) of the Cudahy Municipal Code. This newly added Chapter 3.30 shall state the following:

Chapter 3.30

2017 Temporary Public Safety Funding Ordinance

3.30.010 Definitions

3.30.020 Tax Imposed

3.30.030 Amount of Tax

3.30.040 Use of tax proceeds

3.30.050 Determination of uses and number of residential units

3.30.060 Collection with Property Taxes

3.30.070 Exemptions

3.30.080 Administrative Determinations; Appeal

3.30.090 Appropriations limitations

3.30.100 Administrative interpretation

3.30.110 Five-year Sunset Period.

3.30.120 Purpose, Intent and Authority.

3.30.130 Findings.

3.30.010 Definitions.

As used herein, the following definitions shall apply:

“Consumer Price Index” or “CPI” means the Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) for the Los Angeles-Riverside-Orange County area as published by the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Developed” shall be defined in administrative regulations adopted pursuant to Section 3.30.100.

“Fiscal year” shall mean the period of July 1st through the following June 30th.

“Mixed-use property” shall be defined in administrative regulations adopted pursuant to Section 3.30.100.

“Multifamily residential parcel” shall mean any single real property parcel which contains two or more single family residential dwellings wherein no one l single family residential dwelling possess its own unique assessor parcel number and each such dwelling is not alienable from any of the other dwellings on the single parcel. For purposes of this Chapter, the term multifamily residential parcel does not include real property parcels used for mobile home park use, whether or not any or all of the individual mobile home coaches is owned or leased by the occupant of the coach or is owned or leased by the owner or tenant of the real property parcel upon which the mobile home coach is located.

“Other parcel” shall mean all other real property parcels in the City, other than those falling within the definition of the terms “single family residential parcel” or “multifamily residential parcel”. For purposes of this chapter, the term “other parcel” shall include parcels used for mobile home park use, whether or not any or all of the individual mobile home coaches is owned or leased by the occupant of the mobilehome coach or is owned or leased by the owner or tenant of the real property parcel upon which the mobile home coach is located.

“Owner” shall mean the owner or owners of the real property to which police protection services are available, as shown on Los Angeles County’s most recent assessment rolls of the County of Los Angeles.

“Parcel” means the land, and any improvements thereon, designated by an assessor’s parcel map and parcel number and carried on the secured property tax roll of Los Angeles County.

“Police protection services” means obtaining, furnishing, operating and/or maintaining police protection equipment or apparatus, paying the salaries and benefits of police protection personnel and support staff, and such other police protection services expenses as are deemed necessary by the City Council for the benefit of the residents and businesses of the City. Police protection services includes all of the foregoing whether or not the City provides such services directly using its own equipment and/or personnel or whether such services are provided by way of a contract with any other public law enforcement agency, including but not limited to the Sheriff’s Department of the County of Los Angeles.

“Single-family residential parcel” shall mean any lawful, residential real property parcel with its own unique assessor parcel number containing only one (1) single family residential dwelling, whether or not the single family residential dwelling is detached or whether it is attached to another single family residential dwelling with its own separate assessor parcel number.

“Single-family residential dwelling” means a building or structure or portion of a building or structure composed one or more rooms, designed and lawfully used for human habitation as a separate living quarters, with cooking, sleeping and sanitary facilities provided within the dwelling unit for the exclusive use of a single person or single family maintaining a household within said building or structure or portion thereof.

“Tax Administrator” shall mean the City Manager or designee.

“Unimproved” shall be in administrative regulations adopted pursuant to Section 3.30.100.

“Year” shall mean the period from July 1st to the following June 30th

3.30.020 Tax Imposed.

A. An annual tax for police protection services (“tax”) in the amounts set forth in Section 3.20.030 is hereby levied upon the owners of real property parcels within the City.

B. The tax is an excise tax imposed on the owner of each real property parcel subject to the tax as of July 1st of each year.

C. The owner of each real property parcel giving rise to tax liability under this Chapter shall be responsible for the payment of the tax due and payable hereunder. The tax constitutes a debt owed by the owner to the City.

3.30.030 Amount of tax.

A. The tax on each real property parcel in the City shall depend on the following factors: (i) the use of real property parcel, including its status as an unimproved parcel; (ii) in the case of multifamily residential parcels, the number of single family residential dwellings on the parcel; and (iii) in the case of other parcels, the size of the parcel. The tax per year on each parcel in the City shall not exceed the amount applicable to the parcel, as specified below.

B. No later than July 15th of each year, Tax Administrator shall determine the amount of taxes to be levied upon the parcels in the City for the then-current fiscal year as set forth in this section.

Annual Tax Rate Schedule

Parcel Use Type

Parcel Size

(square feet)

Annual Parcel Tax Rate

(Starting with FY2017-2018)

Single family residential parcel    
(single parcel contains only one single family residential dwelling) N/A $139 per parcel
Unimproved parcel N/A $139 per parcel

 

Multifamily residential parcel (single parcel contains multiple residential dwelling units) N/A $181 per single family residential dwelling on the parcel
Other parcel 0 to 9,999 $1,550 per parcel
  10,000 to 24,999 $3,100 per parcel
  25,000 to 49,999 $6200 per parcel
  50,000 to 99,999 $12,400 per parcel
  100,000 to 249,999 $24,800 per parcel
  250,0000 plus $49,600 per parcel

C. With respect to mixed-use parcels, the applicable annual tax rate imposed under this Chapter shall be determined as follows: (i) those portions of the real property parcel with uses that qualify as single family residential parcel uses shall be taxed at the rate applicable for single family residential parcels; (ii) those portions of the real property parcel with uses that qualify as multifamily residential parcel uses shall be taxed at the rate applicable to multifamily residential parcels; and (iii) and those portions of the real property parcel with uses that qualify as other parcel uses shall be taxed at a rate applicable to other parcel uses. Unless otherwise excluded under the administrative guidelines authorized under Section 3.30.100 of this Chapter, all common areas of a mixed-use development shall be counted toward the square footage size of those portions of the mixed-use property that qualify as other parcel uses.

D. As authorized by Government Code Section 53739(b), annually each July, the Tax Administrator shall adjust the tax rates established under this Section by the percentage increase, if any, in the January Consumer Price Index. If the percentage change in the January Consumer Price Index is zero or negative, the tax rate shall remain unchanged from the prior fiscal year. The foregoing notwithstanding, no annual percentage increase in the tax rates shall be more than two percent (2%). If the Consumer Price Index is discontinued or revised, such other government index or computation with which it is replaced shall be used in order to obtain substantially the same result as would be obtained if the Consumer Price Index had not been discontinued or revised.

E. The taxes levied on each parcel pursuant to this section shall be a charge upon the parcel and shall be due and collectible as set forth in Section 3.30.060.

3.30.040 Use of tax proceeds.

A. All proceeds of the tax levied and imposed hereunder shall be accounted for and paid into a special fund designated for the provision of police protection services in the City.

B. In accordance with California Government Code Section 50075.3, the Finance Director shall file an annual report with the City Council that contains the tax funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded with revenue raised by the tax imposed by this chapter.

3.30.050 Determination of uses and number of residential units.

The records of the County Assessor of the County of Los Angeles as of January 1st of each year and the records of the City shall be used to determine the actual use of each real property parcel and, for multifamily residential parcels, the number of residential units, for purposes of determining the tax hereunder.

3.30.060 Collection with Property Taxes

A. The tax levied and imposed by this Chapter shall be due and payable each year in the same manner, on the same dates and subject to the same penalties and interest as established by law for other charges and taxes fixed and collected by the County of Los Angeles on behalf of the City for the applicable year. The tax together with all penalties and interest thereon, shall constitute a lien upon each real property parcel upon which it is levied until it has been paid, and shall constitute a personal obligation of the record owner of the real property parcel.

B. In the event the County of Los Angeles does not collect any tax amount when due under this Chapter 3.30, then the City Council shall have the power to authorize the Tax Administrator, by resolution of the City Council to collect any tax amount and enforce all the provisions of this Chapter 3.30. In such cases, an assessment may be made by the City against the owner of a real property parcel in the manner provided by law. Any such unpaid tax amount collected by the City under this subsection (B) of this Section 3.30.060 shall be subject to all remedies provided under the Cudahy Municipal Code and other applicable law.

3.30.070 Exemptions.

A. Nothing in this Chapter shall be construed as imposing a tax upon any person when imposition of such tax upon that person would be in violation of either the Constitution of the United States or the Constitution of the State of California.

B. The tax imposed by this Chapter shall not be levied upon any real property parcel owned by the federal government, the state government, any state agency, or any local government agency, including the City.

C. The tax imposed by this Chapter shall not be levied against a property owner with respect to any real property which has been exempted from the payment of ad valorem property taxes pursuant to Section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, as that section has been interpreted by the laws, administrative regulations and judicial opinions of the State of California. The exemption under this subsection (C) of Section 3.30.070 extends to, but is not limited to, those

real property parcels owned by religious organizations or other charitable or community service organizations that are exempt from the payment of ad valorem property taxes on the Parcel pursuant to Section 214 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.

3.30.080 Administrative Determinations; Appeal

A. In the event an owner of a real property parcel contends the annual levy of the tax established herein was erroneously computed, levied or paid, the owner of the real property parcel may apply for a correction of the levy or a correction of the rate of the tax levied against the real property parcel by timely submitting a claim to the Tax Administrator. Upon determination of the merit of each claim, including any error in the computation of the tax rate for the tax, or the levy of the tax against a particular real property parcel, the Tax Administrator shall cause the tax for that particular real property parcel to be corrected, as applicable and shall so advise the Los Angeles County Tax Collector or other appropriate official. If the Tax Administrator denies a claim for correction or overpayment or refund, the Tax Administrator shall notify the claimant in writing along with the reasons for such denial.

B. All claims, including claims of exemption, refund claims, overpayment claims, double payment claims or other errors relating to the tax for a particular year, shall be filed with the Tax Administrator within one (1) year following the date total payment of an annual tax levy is deemed due according to the real property parcel owner’s annual tax bill. All such claims for refund of the amount of the overpayment or double payment shall be filed with the City on forms furnished by, and in the manner prescribed, by the Tax Administrator. The one-year appeal period shall also to apply to any sums alleged to have been overpaid as a result of the allegedly erroneous denial of any exemption set forth under 3.30.070.

3.30.090 Appropriations limitation.

In no case shall the revenues generated by the tax levied and imposed by this chapter exceed the limitation established by Article XIII-B of the Constitution of the State of California.

3.30.100 Administrative interpretation.

The City Council may, by resolution, adopt guidelines for administrative matters related to the interpretation and enforcement of this Chapter. Such guidelines may establish new uses or may modify uses listed in Section 3.20.030 provided, that the maximum for any use can be no more than the rates set out in Section 3.30.030. The guidelines may also establish definitions for terms set forth in the Chapter, in addition to those terms defined under Section 3.30.010 of this Chapter.

3.30.110 Five-Year Sunset Period.

The tax imposed under this Chapter shall apply to the following property tax fiscal years: 2017-2018; 2018-2019; 2019-2020; 2020-2021; and 2021-2022 and will expire on June 30, 2022, unless extended by approval of the voters as required by law.

3.30.120 Purpose, Intent and Authority

A. It is the purpose and intent of this Chapter to authorize the levy of a tax on owners of real property that are within the city limits of the City of Cudahy in order to provide funding for police protection services to serve the property and persons within the City.

B. This Chapter is adopted pursuant to Government Code Sections 37100.5; 50075 50077; 53722; 53724; 53739; and 53978. The tax proposed herein shall be effective only if approved by two-thirds of the voters of the City of Cudahy at the General Municipal Election called for March 7, 2017.

C. The tax is a special tax within the meaning of Section 4 of Article XIIIA and Article XIIIC of the California Constitution because it will be used for specific purposes.

D. This tax is an excise tax. This tax is not determined according to, nor in any manner based upon, the value of property. Rather, it is based on the availability of police protection services to properties within the City.

E. The revenues raised by this tax are to be used solely for the purposes of provided police protection services as defined under this Chapter.

3.30.130 Findings.

A. The City Council recognizes that residentially and non-residentially developed parcels both use police protection services. The City Council has, therefore, determined that the tax should be imposed on both residentially and non-residentially developed properties.

B. Although parcels that are unimproved contain no occupants who may avail themselves of police services, such parcels generally require and benefit from some police protection services and may be the response site of calls for service. Accordingly, the City Council has determined that owners of unimproved shall be subject to this tax.

C. By approving this Chapter, the People of the City of Cudahy confirm and adopt these findings in this Section 3.30.130.

SECTION 2. Amendment or Repeal. The City Council is hereby authorized to adopt additional provisions consistent with the intent of this Ordinance and to amend the provisions of Section 1 of this Ordinance without voter approval, provided any such amendment does not extend the tax to the owner of a real property parcel that would otherwise not be required to pay the tax under its own terms; or which would increase the amount of the tax above the amount authorized by Section 2 of this Ordinance. The foregoing shall not prevent or otherwise prohibit the City of Cudahy from adjusting the amount of the tax paid by a real property owner to the extent that adjustment is attributable to a change in the use of the real property parcel or a change in the number of residential units on the real property parcel.

SECTION 3. Severability. If any provision, section, paragraph, sentence or word of this Ordinance, or the application thereof to any person or circumstance, is rendered or declared invalid by any court of competent jurisdiction, the remaining provisions, sections, paragraphs, sentences or words of this Ordinance, and their application to other persons or circumstances, shall not be affected thereby and shall remain in full force and effect and, to that end, the provisions of this Ordinance are severable.

SECTION 4. Effective Date. This Ordinance shall take effect immediately upon the certification of election results for the March 7, 2017 General Municipal Election contest demonstrating that the ballot measure seeking approval of this Ordinance received the requisite 2/3rds votes required for approval.

SECTION 5. California Environmental Quality Act. The City Council finds that under the Guidelines of the California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”), the excise tax established under this Ordinance does not constitute a project pursuant to CEQA Guidelines 15060(c)(2) and 15378, subdivisions (2) and (4) of subdivision (b), and therefore review under CEQA is not required.

SECTION 6. Legal Authority for Tax. The tax established under this Ordinance is established under the authority of, and in compliance with, Government Code Sections 37100.5; 50075 50077; 53722; 53724; 53739; and 53978.

SECTION 7. Certification. The Mayor is hereby authorized to subscribe this Ordinance where indicated below to evidence its adoption by the voters of the City and upon that subscription, the City Clerk shall certify to the passage and adoption of this Ordinance and shall cause it to be posted according to law

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