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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of Westminster
Measure SS Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

16,867 votos si (60.6%)

10,970 votos no (39.4%)

100% de distritos activos (34/34).

To address state takeaways of local funds, protect property values, drinking water supplies and prevent cuts to: 9-1-1 response times; police officers/firefighters/paramedics; drug/gang prevention, domestic violence/sex crimes/human trafficking units; and other general city services, shall an ordinance establishing a 1% transactions and use (sales) tax, expiring December 31, 2022, providing estimated $13.9 million annually, requiring audits, citizens' oversight, all funds remaining in Westminster, be adopted?

¿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 is a vote in favor of authorizing the transactions and use tax for a period of six years.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote is a vote against authorizing the transactions and use tax.

Antecedentes

No document was filed.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Westminster City Attorney

If approved by a majority of voters, this measure would adopt an ordinance imposing a one percent (1%) transactions and use tax in the City of Westminster. This tax would operate for a period of six years.

This transactions and use tax was placed on the ballot by the Westminster City Council on June 22, 2016. The tax would be administered for the City by the State Board of Equalization, which also administers state and local sales and use taxes. Generally, the tax would be applied in the City along with existing state and local sales and use taxes. With respect to sales and leases of vehicles, vessels and aircraft, the transactions and use would apply not based on the point of sale, but on the location where the vehicle, vessel or aircraft will be registered.

All proceeds of the tax would be placed in the City’s general fund, except for any administrative expenses of the State Board of Equalization. The funds are available to the City for any lawful municipal purpose.

The measure requires an independent annual financial audit of the revenue generated by this measure and how the revenue is used. The measure also requires an annual community report be created and provided to every Westminster household. This report will detail how much revenue is being generated and how funds are being used. Finally, the measure requires the City Council to appoint an oversight committee that will convene twice a year to review and discuss the use of the revenue generated by this measure.

Collection of the tax would begin on the first day of the first calendar quarter commencing more than 110 days after the adoption of this ordinance by both the voters and by the City Council.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the transactions and use tax for a period of six years.

A “no” vote is a vote against authorizing the transactions and use tax.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure SS. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Office of the City Clerk at 714-548-3174 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Efectos fiscales

No document was filed.

Tax rate

No document was filed.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

VOTE YES ON MEASURE SS!

MEASURE SS will provide locally funding, that cannot be taken by the State, and give Westminster police the resources they need to combat crime, crack down on gangs, drugs homelessness, and keep our families safe.

DID YOU KNOW?

• State money grabs have forced Westminster to cut police funding by millions of dollars, reducing the number of sworn officers in Westminster to the same number as we had in the 1980s.
• There are over 100 active gang members in Westminster.
• There were more than 37,000 emergency 911 calls in Westminster the last year.
• That without Measure SS more cuts will have to be made.

IN AN EMERGENCY SECONDS COUNT
YES on Measure SS will help protect Westminster’s 911 emergency and medical response services that protect residents from crime, provide medical assistance, and save lives.

NOTHING HURTS HOME VALUES MORE THAN HIGH CRIME RATES
YES on Measure SS will protect our home values by maintaining neighborhood police patrols and crime prevention programs.

FIGHT GANGS AND DRUGS
YES on Measure SS will prevent devastating cuts to gang and drug prevention programs and continue after school programs that keep children and youth off the streets and away from the dangers of gangs and drugs.

HOLDING THE CITY COUNCIL ACCOUNTABLE
MEASURE SS includes STRICT ACCOUNTABILITY and FISCAL SAFEGUARDS including independent citizens’ oversight, public spending reports and annual independent audits to make sure that every cent of Measure SS is used effectively, efficiently and as promised to voters.

ALL MEASURE SS funds are required by law to REMAIN LOCAL and can only be used in Westminster.

PROTECT OUR FAMILIES, OUR NEIGHBORHOODS, and OUR HOMES.

Join your Westminster Police Officers, Emergency Responders and Neighborhood Leaders in voting YES on Measure SS

s/ Diana Lee Carey
Westminster City Councilmember & Educator

s/ Jill Dominguez
Neighborhood Watch Captain & Westminster Resident/Tax Payer

s/ Don Anderson
Citizens Financial Task Force Member

s/ Ken Kaiden
Westminster Auto Dealers Association

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

Measure SS will give Westminster one of the highest sales tax rates in Orange County

This tax increase will hit taxpayers in every aspect of our lives:

Buying gasoline
Shopping for clothes or vitamins
Eating out in a restaurant Buying school or office supplies
Shopping for items for your home

This tax increase will even follow you wherever you buy a car, even if that is not in Westminster.

Westminster businesses will suffer as they lose customers to businesses in other cities,

Don’t be mislead, this is a general tax that goes directly into the general fund. It cannot be used for a specific purpose, no matter what you are being told. It can be used for salary increases, increases to pension benefits, anything the city council decides.

Westminster taxpayers already pay a utility tax on telephone use, electricity, gas, water and cable TV.

For years city councils have passed yearly budgets that have not been balanced, yearly pension payments have been increasing by millions of dollars, and the city has been paying to defend themselves in federal lawsuits.

Now the politicians want the taxpayers to step up and pay more, almost 14 million dollars more every year.

Tell City Hall to live within their means and Vote No on Higher Taxes.

s/ Robert W. Mc Cray
Westminster Resident and Taxpayer
s/ Carolyn Cavecche
CEO, Orange County Taxpayers Association

— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Measure SS supporters claim that increasing your taxes is needed to provide for public safety. Don’t be fooled: Measure SS is NOT a special tax for public safety.

Measure SS is a general sales tax that goes directly into the general fund and can be used for anything the city council decides it wants to spend it on.
Salary increases,
Increases to pension benefits,
New Buildings,
Land deals,
Anything.

The city council could have made this a special tax for public safety, but they did not!

Why hasn’t the city council cut their own salaries, pensions, and benefits before asking the taxpayers to pay more?

Why has the city council continued year after year to pass budgets that are not balanced?

The taxpayers of Westminster need to ask themselves if they can trust city hall with more of their hard earned dollars.

Send a clear message, enough is enough.

Vote No on Measure SS

s/ Robert W. Mc Cray
Westminster Resident and Taxpayer

s/ Carolyn Cavecche

  • CEO Orange County Taxpayers Association
— Orange County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Nobody likes taxes, but what’s worse is the condition of public safety in our city.

HERE ARE THE FACTS OPPONENTS WANT YOU TO IGNORE.

  • Crime is on the rise in Westminster
  • Home invasions, burglaries, and other property crimes are out of control.
  • Gangs and drugs are taking over our city
  • Homelessness has hit astronomic levels
  • 911 response times have become longer

YES on SS will:

• Prevent cuts to the number of paramedics and firefighters in Westminster
• Put more sworn police officers on the street to patrol our neighborhoods and schools
• Ensure fast 911 emergency and medical response to emergencies
• Increase police gang suppression and prevention

YES on SS protects 911 emergency and medical response services that are essential for fighting crime, providing medical assistance, and saving lives.

YES on SS protects home values by combating crime in our neighborhoods.

YES on SS prevents cuts to gang/drug prevention and after school programs which are critical to keeping youth off the streets and away from gangs and drugs.

Over the past few years the State has taken millions of dollars away from Westminster. Police and 911 services have been cut to the bone and are at 1980s levels.

Measure SS is about protecting our Police and 911 services.

Measure SS provides ACCOUNTABLE LOCAL FUNDS that cannot be taken by the state. Measure SS requires INDEPENDENT OVERSIGHT and ANNUAL FINANCIAL AUDITS to monitor funds.

Join us in Voting YES on SS to Save Westminster’s Police and 911 services.

s/ Mike Ogawa
President, Westminster Police Officers Association

s/ Tony Lam
Business Owner & Former Councilmember

s/ Steve James
Police Lieutenant & Westminster Resident

s/ Gilbert Cruz
Citizens Financial Task Force Member

s/ John Gentile
Business Owner & Westminster Resident

— Orange County Registrar of Voters
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