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City of Gardena
Measure G - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


7,248 votes yes (64.3%)

4,025 votes no (35.7%)

To provide the City of Gardena with funding available to retain experienced police officers/firefighters/paramedics; maintain 911 emergency response times, gang/drug prevention programs, emergency communications, neighborhood police patrols, youth/senior services, parks/recreation centers; repair streets/sidewalks, and provide general fund services shall the ordinance establishing a 3/4¢ sales tax be adopted, providing approximately $7,400,000 annually, until ended by voters, requiring annual audits, all funds controlled locally?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Peter L. Wallin, City Attorney

Measure G is an ordinance authorizing the City of Gardena to levy a three-quarter cent (0.75%) transactions and use tax. This type of tax, commonly referred to as a "local sales tax," is collected along with other state and local sales and use taxes and is administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration. A three-quarter cent tax on a $100.00 taxable purchase is, for example, seventy-five cents.

The combined rate of all state and local sales taxes applicable to taxable sales in the City of Gardena is currently 9.5%. Of this 9.5%, only a 1.0% sales tax, known as the Bradley-Burns Tax, is imposed by the City of Gardena. The remaining taxes are imposed by the state or by the county or its agencies. The proposed new tax would increase the combined tax rate to 10.25%.

Purchases in Gardena that are exempt from the statewide sales tax would also be exempt from the proposed new tax. For example, most groceries, prescription drugs and purchases of services would be exempt from taxation.

The tax would be administered by the state. Proceeds of the tax, less administration costs, would be deposited in the city's general fund, controlled by the City Council of the City of Gardena, and available for any lawful municipal purpose. Examples of permissible uses, as identified by the City Council, are retaining experienced police officers, firefighters and paramedics, maintaining 911 emergency response times, funding gang and drug prevention programs, emergency communications, neighborhood police patrols, youth and senior services, parks and recreation centers, repairing streets and sidewalks and providing general fund services.

This tax would remain in effect until terminated by the voters. It is anticipated that this tax will initially generate approximately $7,400,000 in revenue annually for the city's general fund. The proceeds of the tax would be audited annually by an independent certified public accountant.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Gardena.

A YES vote approves the measure and authorizes the proposed tax.
A NO vote rejects the measure and the proposed tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

If you want Gardena to continue to provide a safe community where our families, youth and seniors can thrive, act now—vote YES on G.

YES on G addresses three top priorities:

1.  YES on G protects the well-being of Gardena's seniors—the most vulnerable of our residents
2.  YES on G keeps our kids safe by fighting gangs and drugs
3.  YES on G keeps your family and all Gardena residents SAFE.

YES on "G" keeps Gardena police officers on the street and ensures our local firefighters and paramedics can respond quickly to your 911 emergency, if you or your loved ones need help.

YES on "G" keeps gangs and drug dealers from nearby communities from coming into Gardena—and continues programs such as our local Juvenile Justice program, which – provides counseling and mentoring to at-risk youth – keeping them in school and out of gangs.

YES on "G" maintains the services so many Gardena seniors and their families rely on, such as thee free hot meals at our Senior Center and our local cultural and recreational programs. Measure G funding will support Gardena's supervised day care program for residents with dementia and Alzheimer's – giving Gardena's families peace of mind, knowing their parents and grandparents are protected and well cared for.

YES on "G" includes tough fiscal accountability requirements, including independent financial audits-- ensuring funds are spent responsibly.

Here's what Measure G won't do:
Measure "G" is NOT a tax on your home/property.
Measure "G" is NOT applied to food purchased as groceries or prescription medication.

YES on "G" gives you – the Gardena taxpayer —LOCAL CONTROL to protect our quality of life–the County, Sacramento or D.C. politicians won't get a dime!

Join a unanimous City Council, local leaders and your neighbors and vote YES on "G"!

Factual information:

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Arguments AGAINST

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