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City of Lynwood
Measure PS - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


11,108 votes yes (75.18%)

3,667 votes no (24.82%)

100% of precincts reporting (25/25).

To protect and maintain vital city services including emergency response, neighborhood police patrols, drug and youth violence prevention programs, fire protection, street and pothole repair, parks and recreation programs; and other essential services, shall Lynwood establish a one cent sales tax, requiring independent annual financial audits, citizens' review of expenditures, with all funds remaining in Lynwood with said tax expiring after 10 yea

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The City of Lynwood Penny Tax Ballot Measure asks the voters of the City of

Lynwood to approve a Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance (the “sales

taxordinance”) that would increase the City’s existing sales tax rate by 1.0% or one 

cent for every dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City, and on the taxable

storage, use or consumption in the City of goods purchased. The total sales tax

rate currently paid in the City of Lynwood, which also includes the sales tax rate

collected for the State of California and the County of Los Angeles, is 9%. If the

Measure is approved by the voters, the total sales tax rate in the City will increase

to 10%.

The proposed tax is a general sales tax. The tax revenues will be deposited in the

City’s general fund and may be used for any municipal purpose. The City Council

unanimously declared a fiscal emergency and voted to place this sales tax

measure on the ballot at a special election of the City in order to fund public

services such as to repair/reconstruct local streets/sidewalks, support Sheriff and

fire suppression services, encourage economic development and youth job

training programs, improve parks as well as other general City services. An

analysis estimates that this measure may raise approximately $4.5 million per

year in general fund revenue for the City.

The proposed tax would be administered by the California State Board of

Equalization at the same time and in the same manner as the City’s existing sales

tax. Collection of the tax would begin on or about April 1, 2017. The tax would

automatically terminate in ten years. In addition, the sales tax ordinance requires

the City Council to establish an independent Lynwood Citizens’Transactions

and Use Tax Committee to review the expenditure of the revenues raised by the

proposed tax.

Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, commonly known as Prop. 218,

requires that the proposed tax be approved by a majority of the voters voting on

the ballot measure.

A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of the Measure enacting the sales tax ordinance.

A “no” vote is a vote against the tax being adopted.



Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Mayor Edwin Hernandez, the unanimous City Council, and Lynwood business

leaders agree:

Measure PS will make our city safer and fiscally healthier.

We need Measure PS to maintain Sheriff response times. Measure PS will make

funding available to hire sufficient Sheriff deputies to protect us. We need

Measure PS to help fight gangs and drug crimes. More fundscan be used to

expand gang suppression and prevention programs, find and go after drug

dealers, and provide options for at-risk youth.

We need Measure PS to make sure that those suffering from heart attacks,

strokes, or other medical emergencies get an immediate response.

Measure PS dollars will be used to fix bad roads today and will save public

monies by not having to reconstruct those same roads later at greater cost, not to

mention public safety traveling on the City’s roads.

Measure PS allows us to avoid debt and provides needed funding to invest in

important basic services such as:

Improving 911police and fire response times;

Expanding proven anti-crime programs like gang prevention and after-school academics


Maintaining firefighting services;

Repairing streets;

Providing programs for our youth.

Measure PS has strong accountability provisions, such as an independent

citizens’ oversight committee, fiscal restraints, a “Rainy Day” fund account, and

annual financial audits to help ensure funds are spent appropriately.

Now that we have reduced personnel, implemented cost-saving measures, and

are reforming City staff expenses to reduce costs, we need this temporary

measure to restore basic city services.

For a safer and brighter Lynwood and community, vote Yes on Measure PS.


Mayor, City of Lynwood




Arguments AGAINST


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