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City of Artesia
Measure AA - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failing

1,287 votes yes (49.05%)

1,337 votes no (50.95%)

Shall a measure be adopted establishing a 3/4% transactions and use (sales) tax providing approximately $2,200,000 annually until ended by voters, to fund general City services, such as public safety, parks and recreation services, maintaining public infrastructure like streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities, requiring annual independent audits with all funds benefiting Artesia residents?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Christi Hogin, Interim City Attorney

On December 5, 2019, the City Council unanimously voted to place Measure "AA" on the March 3, 2020 special municipal election ballot. If approved by a majority of Artesia voters, this Measure would authorize a three-quarters percent (3/4%) retail transactions and use (sales) tax within the City of Artesia. A 3/4% rate equates to an extra 75¢ per $100 purchased. It is estimated that Measure "AA" will provide an additional $2,200,000 in annual local funding for general City services such as public safety, parks and recreation services, and maintaining public infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities. This tax would be a "general tax," meaning that revenues raised from the tax would go into the City's general fund to pay for any lawful City program, improvement, or service.

California Revenue and Taxation Code section 7285.9 authorizes the City to levy a general transactions and use/sales tax at a rate of three-quarters percent (3/4%) so long as the tax is approved by at least two-thirds (2/3) of all members of the City Council and a majority of the voters voting in an election on that issue. If approved, the tax would become operative on October 1, 2020. Measure "AA" would remain in effect until ended by Artesia voters voting at a subsequent election.

The tax would be paid in addition to current sales taxes and would be collected at the same time and in the same manner as existing sales taxes. All revenues raised by the tax would remain in the City and would not be shared with the State, County or any other agency.

Measure "AA" requires annual independent audits to verify that tax revenues are collected, managed and expended in accordance with its terms.

By placing Measure "AA" on the ballot, the City complies with Article XIIIC of the California Constitution (Proposition 218), which requires a majority of the voters to approve an ordinance which establishes a general tax.

A "yes" vote on Measure "AA" will authorize the 3/4% transactions and use (sales) tax.

A "no" vote on Measure "AA" will not authorize the 3/4% transactions and use (sales) tax.

If Measure "AA" is not approved, the General Fund will not receive the sales tax revenues identified in the Measure. The City Council will then have to decide, as part of the budgeting process, whether other revenues are available to pay for City programs and services, or whether City programs and services will have to be reduced.

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote Yes on Measure "AA" to provide more public safety, parks and recreation services, build and maintain streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities.

The sales tax in Los Angeles County is a cumulative 9.5%, of this amount, the City of Artesia receives less than 1%. The Artesia City Council unanimously voted to place Measure "AA" on the ballot to give voters the opportunity to keep local funds in the City.

A Yes vote on this Measure will create a local 3/4% retail transaction and use (sales) tax within the City of Artesia. A 3/4% rate is equal to an extra 75¢ per $100 purchased. It is estimated that Measure "AA" will provide an additional $2,200,000 in new revenue each year to the City. A benefit of a local sales tax, as opposed to other types of taxes, is that the burden to pay the tax is shared by visitors and residents. Several cities which surround Artesia are asking voters to consider similar local sales tax measures and if they are approved, those sales taxes may affect Artesia residents without any added benefit to the City.

A Yes vote would mean more revenue will be available to fund general City operations and services, including more funding for public safety, new parks and recreation services, and maintaining public infrastructure such as streets, sidewalks, parks and facilities. If Measure "AA" is not approved, the City will not receive the additional $2,200,000 each year. The City Council will then have to decide whether or not other revenues are available to pay for City Programs and services, or whether City programs and services will have to be reduced. The Council's goal is to expand, not reduce, services.

Please join the City Council in voting Yes on Measure "AA" to create new revenue to fund City services.

ALI TAJ
Mayor

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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