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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of Fountain Valley
Measure HH Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

14,617 votos si (59.8%)

9,808 votos no (40.2%)

100% de distritos activos (29/29).

To maintain 911 emergency response times, fire stations, police officers/firefighters/paramedics, anti-gang/drug programs, after school, senior programs; upgrade first responder disaster communication; repair stormwater systems to prevent flooding, streets/potholes/parks; other general city services, shall the City of Fountain Valley establish a one-cent sales tax providing $11.5 million annually for twenty year term, requiring public disclosure of expenditures, independent audits, all funds only for Fountain Valley?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote on Measure HH will authorize the sales tax.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote on Measure HH will not authorize the sales tax.

Antecedentes

No document was submitted.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City Attorney

On July 19, 2016, the City Council placed Measure HH, the Fountain Valley 911 Response Police-Fire/Essential City Services Measure, on the November 8, 2016 ballot. If approved by a majority of Fountain Valley voters, this Measure would authorize a one cent (1.0%) transactions and use (i.e. “sales”) tax within the City of Fountain Valley. Measure HH is intended to prevent significant cuts to general City services such as 911, police, and fire services; after-school recreation and gang prevention programs; street, pothole, and storm water system repairs; and business attraction/job creation programs, resulting from revenue shortfalls caused by recent economic factors. This sales tax would be a general tax, meaning revenues raised from the tax would go into the City’s general fund to maintain or enhance any lawful City program, improvement, or service such as those described. The City would not be required to use the revenues raised by Measure HH for any special purpose.

California Revenue and Taxation Code section 7285.9 authorizes the City to levy a local transactions and use/sales tax at a rate of one percent (one cent) so long as the tax is approved by two-thirds of the City Council and a majority of the voters voting in an election on that issue. If approved, the sales tax would become effective on April 1, 2017.

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. By law, all revenues raised by the Measure would belong to the City of Fountain Valley and could not be taken by, or shared with, the State or any other agency.

By placing Measure HH on the ballot, the City complies with Proposition 218, which requires a majority of the voters to approve a general tax.

A “yes” vote on Measure HH will authorize the sales tax

A “no” vote on Measure HH will not authorize the sales tax

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Ordinance or Measure. If you desire a copy of the Ordinance or Measure, please call the election official’s office at (714) 593-4410 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

s/ Colin Burns Attorney for the City of Fountain Valley 

Efectos fiscales

Fountain Valley City Attorney

The cost to the City for placing the transaction and use tax measure before the voters ranges from $6,000 to $10,000 based on a consolidated County election. The tax measure is for a 20 year term and would generate approximately $11.5 million dollars per year. The tax will be paid by everyone, including visitors to the City and exempts food purchased as groceries and prescriptions. Additional tax on a $1 item would be 1 cent.

The funds will be used to maintain vital City services including public safety (police and fire), public works services & infrastructure, recreation programs; address structural budget deficit; rebuild designated reserves and pay down existing debt and unfunded pension and OPEB obligations. The measure has the potential for fiscal benefit to the City by helping maintain its long-term goal of fiscal sustainability.

The measure includes a Citizens Advisory Committee to review the expenditures from the tax measure proceeds and their compliance with the ballot question and City Council intent. Semi-annual reports are required to be presented to the public and the City Council at regular Council Meetings.

Tax rate

No document was submitted

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Sacramento politicians have taken about $100,000,000 of Fountain Valley’s money–causing reductions to OUR services. Tired of this money grab? Vote YES on HH!

Fountain Valley’s firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement are the first to respond when an emergency occurs. They need the up-to-date emergency equipment to reach your family YES on HH provides.

Response times for 911 calls are critical to stopping crime, protecting victims and saving lives! YES on HH helps maintain and increase our neighborhood patrols, put more officers on the street and improve law enforcement response times to every neighborhood in Fountain Valley.

Did you know that 85% of our local Fire calls are for medical emergencies? YES on HH keeps our fire stations open, ensuring that firefighters and paramedics can quickly respond to emergencies and save lives.

By law, Yes on HH requires strict fiscal accountability provisions, public spending reports, and annual independent audits, so every cent of our money is used effectively, efficiently, and as promised by law to voters. Sacramento can’t touch a dime! By law, ALL funds are required to remain local for Fountain Valley’s benefit!

YES on HH maintains Fountain Valley’s safety and quality of life:

YES on HH maintains 911 emergency response, neighborhood patrols and anti-gang/anti-drug programs

YES on HH maintains Fountain Valley fire stations

YES on HH maintains city-funded after-school, summer rec, youth job and gang prevention programs that serve more than 4,200 kids annually, keeping them safe and out of trouble

YES on HH repairs streets/potholes

YES on HH repairs Fountain Valley storm water systems to prevent flooding

YES on HH maintains programs attracting businesses/creating jobs

Measure HH is NOT a tax on your home or property and is not applied to prescription medication or food purchased as groceries. Out-of-town visitors share the cost.

s/ Jynene Johnson 39-year Resident

s/ Ed Sussman 47-year Resident

s/ Susan Saurastri 19-year Resident

s/ Ed Arnold 49-year Resident

s/ Vince Bui 16-year Resident

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

The 1% sales tax proposed for Fountain Valley residents is a bad move on many levels. Already California, of all the states, is in the top three highest sales tax. In Orange County, we pay 8% total sales tax. Only .25 of that is county tax levied to solve a major financial crises. A full 1% sales tax increase added, would total a gigantic 9%.

Who stands to lose from the high tax burden?

-Business: residents will shop elsewhere to pay less

-Residents: especially those on fixed incomes. Social Security with no increase In 2016

-The middle class -Big ticket manufacturers

-City of Fountain Valley

s/ David Pruyne

s/ Rochelle Giuseffi

s/ Gloria Pruyne

s/ Raymond Silva

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

No Rebuttal to Pro Argument was submitted.

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Maintain Fountain Valley’s Police, Fire and Essential Services – Vote YES on HH!

Sacramento Politicians have seized hundreds of millions of dollars from Fountain Valley. You can do something about this by voting YES on HH!

We’ve been extremely responsible with your tax dollars: City staff, healthcare and pension subsidies for employees have all been reduced. But Sacramento money grabs, unfunded state mandates and the lingering effects of the Great Recession means Fountain Valley needs additional funds to maintain the services you expect and deserve.

FACT: Measure HH is NOT a tax on your home or property.

FACT: Voting YES on HH keeps your taxpayer dollars LOCAL and requires out of town visitors to share the cost of using our services, streets and roads. NO money can be taken by Sacramento politicians.

FACT: Serious Part 1 Fountain Valley crimes such as homicide, rape, robbery, and assault have increased 41% over the previous year.

YES  on  HH maintains Fountain Valley’s police cadet training program and crime suppression unit to fight gangs and drugs. It funds protective clothing and equipment for our first responders such as helmets, vests, and firefighting equipment.

The State has grabbed well over $100,000,000 from Fountain Valley. Without YES on HH we will likely need to close one of our two fire stations, and eliminate 12 firefighters. YES on HH keeps both of our fire stations open and staffed, and also maintains school crossing guards and school-based police officers – join us.

For factual information, visit www.fountainvalley.org

s/ Joe Zane President, Fountain Valley Police Officers Association

s/ Chris Grogan President, Fountain Valley Firefighters Association

s/ Ed Arnold 49-year Fountain Valley Taxpayer

s/ Jean Hardy Service Club Member/Community Volunteer

s/ Richard Nguyen Wynn Attorney/Fountain Valley Taxpayer

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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