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City of Alhambra
Measure AL - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


9,025 votes yes (63.66%)

5,152 votes no (36.34%)

To protect City of Alhambra's long-term financial stability; maintain fire, police, emergency response/school safety; preventing thefts/burglaries; repairing streets/potholes; recruit/retain well-trained police/firefighters; keep public areas safe/clean; maintain gang prevention, afterschool and senior programs/other general services; shall the measure be adopted approving an ordinance establishing a ¾ ¢ sales tax providing approximately $8,100,000 annually until ended by voters; requiring audits, all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Joseph Montes, Alhambra City Attorney

Measure AL, placed on the ballot by the City Council, would adopt by ordinance a local transactions and use tax in the City of Alhambra 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." As described in the ballot question, the proceeds would be used to provide funding for general fund obligations including, but not limited to, support for public safety including recruitment and retention of police and firefighters; street and pothole repairs; and community service programs for seniors and youth as well as to maintain other general services. The use of the funds would be subject to an annual audit.

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 $8,100,000 annually from retail sales of goods and 100% of the proposed .75% local sales tax would go to the City of Alhambra. 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 AL 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 If approved, the tax will remain in effect until amended or repealed by the voters.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

Arguments FOR

Protect Alhambra's community, property values, and quality of life — Vote YES on AL!

Tired of Sacramento politicians taking our money? Years of State money grabs of MILLIONS of local dollars impact OUR LOCAL services, quality of life, and property values.

Your Yes on AL vote provides LOCAL funds for LOCAL needs — with money the State can't take.

Yes on AL Fixes Alhambra's Potholes and Infrastructure.

Our infrastructure is 115 years old and desperately needs repair! Many Alhambra streets are rated "poor", "very poor", or "failed"— and some of our bridges are deteriorating! Because of State money grabs, we can't make these needed repairs- and the longer we wait, the more expensive to repair these projects become.

Yes on AL repairs streets, sidewalks and alleys, retrofits city bridges for earthquake safety, and upgrades aging playground equipment for our youth.

Yes on AL Keeps Alhambra SAFE.

Alhambra had nearly 600 burglaries and car thefts last year, but we can't afford to fill ten police positions.

Yes on AL funds hiring the police we need — increasing neighborhood, school and business patrols and improving 911 emergency response times to make Alhambra safer.

Measure AL is Accountable.

Your Yes on AL vote ensures required public reports of all spending and annual independent financial audits. By law, ALL money must be used to benefit Alhambra residents — the State or County cannot touch one penny!

Yes on AL Protects Alhambra's Property Values.

Well-maintained streets, the quality of local parks, safe and clean neighborhoods, and rapid 911 response strengthens our community and makes Alhambra a desirable place to live, work, and raise a family.

Join your neighbors, business owners, and public safety leaders in voting Yes on AL.

For factual information, visit:

Retired Assistant Police Chief

Alhambra Little League Coach

MARIA GAO, Alhambra Chamber of Commerce Member

Arguments AGAINST

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