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City of Hawaiian Gardens
Measure HG - Majority Approval Required

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To keep local sales tax dollars in Hawaiian Gardens to maintain public safety; fix potholes/streets; maintain senior services; after school programs; improve City parks; and provide the ability to provide City services in the event other revenue sources disappear, shall the measure authorizing a three-quarters-cent sales tax generating approximately $550,000 annually, until ended by voters, requiring independent annual audits, and all funds used locally, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Megan Garibaldi, Interim City Attorney

Measure HG, if approved by a majority of Hawaiian Gardens voters, will add Chapter 3.22 to the Hawaiian Gardens Municipal Code and authorize a three-quarters percent (3/4%) retail transactions and use (sales) tax within the City of Hawaiian Gardens. A 3/4% rate equates to an extra 75¢ per $100 purchased. 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.

It is estimated that Measure HG will provide an additional $550,000 in annual local funding to be used for general City services, such as police and emergency response for public safety, senior services and after school programs, and maintaining parks, streets, and infrastructure. 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.

On November 19, 2019, the City Council unanimously voted to place Measure HG on the March 3, 2020 special municipal election ballot. California law 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 ordinance imposing the general tax, after being placed on the ballot by the City Council, is approved by a majority of the voters voting in an election on that issue.

If approved, the tax would become operative on October 1, 2020 and would remain in effect until it is ended by Hawaiian Gardens voters voting at a subsequent election. 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 HG also requires annual independent audits to verify that tax revenues are collected, managed, and expended in accordance with its terms.

A "yes" vote on Measure HG will authorize the three-quarters percent (3/4%) transactions and use (sales) tax.

A "no" vote on Measure HG will not authorize the three-quarters percent (3/4%) transactions and use (sales) tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

The City of Hawaiian Gardens faces an uncertain future. The State Attorney General is currently working to take away up to 70% of our City's livelihood and primary revenue source that comes exclusively from the Casino. Changes to gaming rules are projected to bankrupt our City. In addition to this threat, if we do not act, the County of Los Angeles will continue to raise its taxes. Taxes will go up, and the City of Hawaiian Gardens will have no control over how it is spent.

If you have shopped at the Long Beach Town Center, you are already paying our proposed tax rate. Approving Measure HG, which amounts to less than a penny per dollar on eligible goods and services, will ensure we can maintain the services that you rely on. The cities of Cerritos and Lakewood are proposing the same.

We have made significant progress over the last two decades to better the quality of life for our residents. We can't go back now. Collectively, we have reduced crime, expanded services for our senior citizens and youth, improved our streets, and invested in our schools, nonprofits, businesses, and homes.

Vote YES for:
Safe Streets
-  Sheriff services for gang suppression and patrolling
-  Maintenance of street cameras on our main corridors
-  Crossing guards for our school-age children and parents
-  Public Safety Officers for parking enforcement

Community Services
-  Free lunch programs and transportation services for our most vulnerable seniors and disabled community
-  Free Wi-Fi at parks and government facilities
-  Graffiti removal

Investment in our Youth
-  Scholarship grants and donations to local schools
-  Free tutoring services, computer lab, and year-round programs

Capital Improvements
-  Paved roads
-  Maintenance of our parks and facilities
-  Beautification programs for our most needy families

A YES vote on Measure HG guarantees that we continue to invest local dollars in our neighborhoods and secure the financial future of the City of Hawaiian Gardens.

JESSE ALVARADO
Mayor

LUIS ROA
Mayor Pro Tem

MYRA MARAVILLA
City Councilmember

VICTOR FARFAN 
City Councilmember

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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