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City of Manhattan Beach
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


5,182 votes yes (76.6%)

1,585 votes no (23.4%)

To fund essential City services such as police patrols/crime prevention, fire, paramedic/9-1-1 emergency response, street maintenance, pothole repair, community facilities, infrastructure improvements/other general services, shall an ordinance be adopted increasing the City's existing transient occupancy (hotel) tax paid by hotel/motel guests up to 14%, providing more than $1,000,000 annually for City services, until ended by voters, requiring citizen oversight, independent audits, and all funds locally controlled?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

QUINN M. BARROW, City Attorney

Measure A seeks voter approval to increase the City’s existing 10% transient occupancy tax (TOT) to a maximum of 14%. The TOT is paid only by guests who stay at hotels, motels and other lodging in Manhattan Beach for thirty consecutive calendar days or less, and is not a tax on property. Measure A was placed on the ballot by the Manhattan Beach City Council.

Revenue from the TOT is not required to be spent for any specific purpose. Rather, this revenue is placed in the City’s general fund, and used for general City functions such as police and fire protection, street and park maintenance, and recreation programs, among other City services.

If approved, Measure A would adopt an ordinance to increase the rate of the City’s TOT to a maximum of 14% in stages from the current 10%. Measure A would also permit the City Council to adjust the TOT to a rate that is less than or equal to, but not more than 14%, or to repeal the Ordinance, without further voter approval. This Measure also would enable the City Council to amend other administrative provisions of the regulations governing the TOT, provided that no amendment increases the TOT above 14%.

If Measure A is approved by the voters, the TOT will remain 10% until April 30, 2020. Commencing May 1, 2020, the TOT will be 12%. After April 30, 2022, the City Council may consider increasing the TOT to a maximum of 14%.

Measure A must be approved by a majority of the votes cast in order for the ordinance to become law. A “Yes” vote on Measure A favors enacting an ordinance that will increase the rate of the City’s transient occupancy tax to a maximum of 14%. A “No” vote opposes it, and would maintain the City’s transient occupancy tax at the existing rate of 10%.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

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