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City of San Gabriel
Measure SG - Majority Approval Required

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To maintain City of San Gabriel's fire, police/911 response; prevent thefts/burglaries; keep public areas safe/clean; recruit/retain will-trained police, firefighters/paramedics; repair streets/potholes; attract/retain local businesses; maintain senior services, youth programs, parks, other general services/aging infrastructure; shall an ordinance establishing a ¾¢ transaction and use (sales) tax, providing approximately $3,000,000 annually until ended by voters be adopted; requiring independent audits, all funds benefiting City of San Gabriel residents?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Measure "SG" is the City of San Gabriel Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2020. If approved by the voters, the ordinance would adopt a three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) tax on every dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City. Revenue collected from this tax would be spent exclusively on local City Services such as Police and Fire protection and street repaving. A three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) rate equates to 75¢ of tax per $100 of taxable goods purchased.

The proposed tax is a general tax. It is estimated that Measure "SG" will annually provide $3,000,000 in local revenue for use in the City. The City Council's adopted ballot question states that this new revenue would be used for essential services such as Police and Fire personnel, Community Services programming, hours of operation at City facilities, community events, General Fund street repaving and other similar needs.

California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 7285.9 authorizes the City to levy this tax with the majority approval of the voters. This measure was placed on the ballot by unanimous approval of the City Council Members present at the October 15, 2019 meeting. If approved, this tax may not be increased beyond the amount specified without voter approval. It would remain in effect until repealed by the voters.

Revenue from this tax would be collected by the State of California under a contract with the City in the same manner as existing sales tax. All revenues raised by the tax would remain in the City and would not be shared with the State, County or any other agency. Accountability for these funds will be part of the City's Annual Financial Audit conducted by the City's third-party auditor, the report of which shall be made available to the public.

If Measure "SG" is not approved, the City's 5-Year Budget Projections show that a General Fund deficit will occur next year and continue to grow into the future. Without additional revenue, City services will need to be cut in order to balance the budget. Services that could be cut or reduced include Police and Fire protection, maintenance of infrastructure and street repaving.

By placing Measure "SG" 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 "SG" will authorize a three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) transactions and use (sales) tax. A "no" vote on Measure "SG" will not authorize the three-quarters of one percent (0.75%) transactions and use (sales) tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on MEASURE SG! Maintain. Invest. Protect.

San Gabriel is a "City with a Mission."

To ensure we have the resources we need to maintain public safety and other vital city services, to continue investing in fixing our streets and other public infrastructure, and to protect our neighborhoods and quality of life, the City is proposing Measure SG, a ¾-cent sales-tax increase.

Other cities such as Pasadena, Alhambra, Temple City, Monterey Park, Arcadia, South Pasadena, Monrovia, Burbank and Glendale have already passed or are also considering this same measure. This is because state law imposes a limit on the sales tax that may be charged and only ¾-cent is left under that limit.

If we do not implement this tax now, it is likely that LA County or another agency will propose their own tax increase to fund their programs with our local tax dollars. Passing Measure SG keeps 100% of the revenue for local use.

Measure SG would generate $3 million a year for the City's general fund which is needed to offset rising costs and maintain city services. Without additional revenue, the City will be forced to reduce essential city services which will negatively affect property values and our quality of life. 

Measure SG is needed to:

- Maintain 911 paramedic services and secure funding for a new Police Station and other Police and Fire services;

- Invest in our public infrastructure, like streets, parks and playgrounds;

- Protect our property values and quality of life; and 

- Keep our tax dollars local and under local control.

Measure SG is needed to make San Gabriel more beautiful, to promote pride in our City and to maintain and enhance our city services for our children and our future.

Vote YES on MEASURE SG!

JASON PU
Mayor

DENISE MENCHACA
Vice Mayor

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED
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