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City of San Dimas
Measure SD - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


3,479 votes yes (38.52%)

5,552 votes no (61.48%)

To preserve San Dimas' long-term financial stability; maintain emergency response, neighborhood sheriff patrols; prevent thefts/burglaries; protect/clean local water sources; keep public areas safe/clean; repair streets/potholes; maintain senior, youth/afterschool services/other general services; shall a measure be adopted establishing a 0.75% sales tax providing approximately $4,700,000 annually until ended by voters; requiring audits/public disclosure of all spending, all funds benefiting San Dimas residents?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Jeff M. Malawy. City Attorney

The San Dimas Essential Services Preservation Measure (the "Measure"), if approved by the voters at the March 3, 2020 general municipal election, would add a new Chapter 3.22 to the City of San Dimas' Municipal Code, imposing a three quarters of a cent per dollar (0.75%) transactions and use tax (i.e., sales tax) for City general fund purposes.

Specifically, the Measure places a tax of 0.75% upon retailers' gross receipts from the retail sale of most tangible personal property sold within the City, and an excise tax upon the storage, use or other consumption of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer for storage, use or other consumption within the City at a rate of 0.75% of the sales price of the property, where "sales price" includes delivery charges subject to State sales or use tax, regardless of delivery destination.

It is estimated that revenues from this tax will generate approximately $4,700,000 annually for the funding of general City services. Funds generated by the proposed tax would be placed in the City's general fund, are not restricted, and may be used for any City general fund purposes, including, without limitation, maintaining and improving:

-  Neighborhood sheriff patrols,
-  Emergency response times,
-  Crime and vandalism prevention,
-  Street improvements and traffic flow,
-  Community and recreational services,
-  Park services,
-  Water quality,
-  Cleanliness and safety of public areas.

The Measure was placed on the ballot by the San Dimas City Council and includes provisions for annual financial audits.

Food purchased as groceries and prescription medication will not be taxed under this measure. Visitors to San Dimas will bear part of the tax burden imposed by their local activities and thus contribute to the City's ability to maintain general public services they use while visiting. Residents and other purchasers of goods in the City will also be subject to the tax. The specific retail sales and uses subject to the tax would be determined under the regulations of the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration ("CDTFA") and the tax would be administered by the CDTFA under contract with the City of San Dimas.

A "YES" vote is a vote to approve a 0.75% retail transactions and use general tax. A "NO" vote is a vote against a 0.75% retail transactions and use general tax. The transactions and use tax proposed by the Measure would take effect only if it receives a majority "YES" vote at the March 3, 2020, general election.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR


The San Dimas City Council and staff understand the importance of fiscal responsibility and have consistently developed balanced budgets. Always keeping an eye on protecting the City's future ensuring long-term fiscal sustainability, San Dimas' leadership is proud of our ranking in the top 30 of financially responsible California cities.

However, like many cities in California, the City faces upcoming funding challenges due to rising costs for providing quality levels of service, increased State mandates for pension liabilities, capital improvement costs and unfunded facility and parks maintenance projects. The City's existing level of services are increasingly threatened and difficult to guarantee in the long-term.

Without the additional revenue being generated by this measure, the City forecasts a structural deficit in the next fiscal year and may have to reduce public services, delay repairs for parks, facilities, streets and potholes, reduce park and recreational programs for seniors and afterschool programming, among other budget cuts.

Money generated from the San Dimas Essential Services Preservation Measure will be kept in San Dimas, going to the General Fund to maintain public services, better prepare for wildfires, and maintain senior, youth and after-school services – all things to preserve the quality and character of our community. The City Council urges the voters of San Dimas to vote YES on this measure, to allow the City to continue to be fiscally responsible and preserve and maintain the high quality essential services that make San Dimas an ideal place to live, work and play.


Mayor Pro Tem




Arguments AGAINST

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