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City of Long Beach
Measure A - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

49,676 votes yes (50.01%)

49,660 votes no (49.99%)

To maintain 911 emergency response services, police, fire, parks, improve water quality, repair streets, and maintain general services, shall a measure be adopted extending the City of Long Beach's transactions and use (sales) tax beyond 2027, generating approximately $60 million annually, at a maximum rate of one cent (1%) per the measure until ended by voters, requiring a citizens' advisory committee and annual independent audits, with all funds remaining in Long Beach?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Charles Parkin, City Attorney

On June 7, 2016, Long Beach voters approved Measure "A", a general Transactions and Use (Sales) Tax ("TUT") enacted for a period of ten (10) years on the sale and/or use of all tangible personal property sold at retail in the City of Long Beach. Measure "A" initially set the TUT rate at one percent (1%) for the first six operative years of the tax (January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2022), and declining to one-half percent (1/2%) for the remaining four operative years of the tax (January 1, 2023 – December 31, 2026), with the tax scheduled to sunset on January 1, 2027.

Voter approval of this measure (Measure "A") would eliminate the ten (10) year sunset and the Long Beach TUT would remain in effect until ended by voters at a later election. This measure would also adjust the TUT rate as follows:

-  From January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2022 – one percent (1%) on the sale and/or use of all tangible personal property sold at retail in the City. This is the same rate currently authorized by Measure "A" through December 31, 2022;

-  From January 1, 2023 through September 30, 2027, three-quarters percent (3/4%) on such sale and/or use;

-  From October 1, 2027 and thereafter, one percent (1%) on such sale and/or use.

Under Measure "A", which was placed on the ballot by the Long Beach City Council, the TUT would remain a general tax, from which the revenue would be placed in the City's general fund. This measure requires a majority vote of the electorate.

Except as set forth above, the City's current TUT ordinance would remain the same. For example, the five-member citizens advisory committee would be retained. This committee is authorized to make recommendations to the City Council on the priority of TUT-funded projects and to review the use of these funds by the City. The requirement for annual audits of expenditures also remains.

The proposed adjusted TUT tax would continue to be administered by the California State Board of Equalization, in the same manner that sales tax is currently administered, in order to reduce the cost of collecting the tax and to minimize the burden of record-keeping upon retailers subject to the tax.

A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the extension and rate adjustment for the TUT. A "no" vote is a vote against authorizing the extension and rate adjustment for the TUT.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Let's Keep Rebuilding Long Beach - Vote Yes on A

As your Mayor, Fire Chief and Police Chief, we work hard to make this community safer, healthier, and a better place to raise a family and open a business. We've made great progress, but we still have some big challenges, that's why we encourage you to vote Yes on Measure A. 

Measure A does NOT raise taxes. It maintains the current tax rate we have. 

We must maintain and enhance police services to impact crime in our community and maintain quick 911 paramedic and firefighter response times across Long Beach.

And we still have $2.6 billion in infrastructure needs. Many of our streets, sidewalks and alleys are in desperate need of repair. We need to continue the upgrade of our water systems for conservation and storm drains for neighborhood protection and water quality.

Measure A will also help fund the reopening of Community Hospital and improve medical services across the city.

Voting Yes on Measure A will:

-  Support and enhance police services
-  Improve 911 paramedic response times
-  Support the continuation of recently added fire engines and firefighters at critical locations
-  Continue the program to fix streets, roads, alleys, and repair potholes
-  Upgrade the water systems to protect neighborhoods
-  Help fund the reopening of Community Hospital

We are asking you join us in supporting Measure A, which is a continuation of the one cent transactions and use (sales) tax. The sales tax is shared by everyone, including visitors to our city.

Measure A does NOT increase the sales tax rate but keeps it at its current level.

Please join our Long Beach Firefighters, Police Officers, and hundreds of community leaders and Vote Yes on Measure A.

ROBERT GARCIA
Mayor of Long Beach

ROBERT LUNA
Police Chief 

XAVIER ESPINO 
Fire Chief

 

Arguments AGAINST

This measure converts the Measure A (2016) sales tax from a temporary into a PERMANENT TAX on the residents of Long Beach.

Measure A resulted from a deceptive campaign run by City Hall and funded by a feeding frenzy of over $600,000 in special interest money, including $150,000 from the police department and fire department unions (looking for raises and big pensions, not new hires) and from pro-development interests like builders and building trades unions.

IN ORDER TO TAKE YOUR MONEY, they told you with expensive glossy mailers that Measure A was necessary to save the elderly, to save our streets, to save public infrastructure like libraries, and to improve public safety and law enforcement in the city. That was a lie.

IN ORDER TO TAKE YOUR MONEY, they refused to tell you this was a tax, and that it's a SALES TAX whose burden is heaviest on those who can least afford it. This is a regressive tax on the most basic goods and services to live, and it is a devastating tax for our troubled retail and restaurant small business sector.

IN ORDER TO TAKE YOUR MONEY, they refused to write into the measure a legal guarantee of how it would be spent—instead it's a BLANK CHECK for City Hall.

IN ORDER TO TAKE YOUR MONEY, they misled you into thinking it would all be spent on improved public safety and infrastructure. That was a lie. Our new hires are few, and our streets aren't getting the money we expected.

They knew much of it would be put back in their own pockets through huge pay increases and extravagant pensions. They knew it would be spent on the developers' tax giveaways and billion-dollar new civic center boondoggle.

Vote No on Measure A.

CORLISS G. LEE
President Eastside Voice

JOSEPH WEINSTEIN
Statistical Analyst

CARLOS OVALLE
Architect

Replies to Arguments FOR

Why Can't Our City Hall Get The Job Done Without A Tax Other Cities Don't Charge?

This Measure is a PERMANENT EXTENSION to the original, temporary 2016 sales tax. It is a city surcharge on already sky-high state and county combined sales tax.

This Measure DOES RAISE TAXES.

Beginning in 2023 and again in 2027, BY A FULL PERCENT

-  Includes online purchases and automobiles (wherever purchased)!

-  HITS LOW INCOME RESIDENTS who can least afford it the hardest, as it's a tax on basic necessities

This Measure is a BLANK CHECK.

- City Council can spend it on ANYTHING, including pay raises, unreformed pensions, and money-wasting boondoggles 

This Measure WON'T Go to "Rebuilding Long Beach"

-  They haven't been "rebuilding Long Beach"; they've been wasting the money

-  They don't plan to restore the 200 police cut during the recession

-  Investment in streets has been scant

-  Seismic costs of reopening Community Hospital unknown

Where Has All OUR MONEY Been Going?

HUGE PAY RAISES and EXTRAVAGANT PENSIONS for city employees with the most politically powerful unions 

-  To the "$100,000 Club" of over 1,600 city employees making over that amount, many making well over $200,000 

-  LUXURIES like the BILLION-DOLLAR new civic center BOONDOGGLE, with a MILLION-DOLLAR FLATSCREEN TV

-  TAX GIVEAWAYS to favored developers.

Long Beach Taxpayers Association, People of Long Beach, Long Beach Reform Coalition, and Citizens About Responsible Planning encourage you to VOTE NO.

 

NO on The Infinity Tax: NO on A

CORLISS LEE
President Eastside Voice

JOSEPH WEINSTEIN
Statistical Analyst

CARLOS OVALLE
Architect, Activist

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Let's Keep Rebuilding Long Beach - Vote Yes on A

We have seen the results investments approved by Long Beach voters in 2016 have made in the city. Long Beach is safer, healthier, and a better place to raise a family and open a business as a result of voter approval in 2016. We've made great progress, but we still have big challenges.

Measure A DOESN'T raise taxes. It maintains the current tax rate.

We must support and enhance police services to reduce crime and maintain quick 911 response times. 

We still have $2.6 billion in infrastructure needs. Many streets, sidewalks and alleys are in desperate need of repair. We must continue the upgrade of water systems for conservation and storm drains for neighborhood protection and water quality.

Measure A will also help fund the reopening of Community Hospital and improve medical services across Long Beach.

Voting Yes on Measure A will:

Support and enhance police services and 911 paramedic response times
-  Continue the support of Fire Department staff, structures and equipment
-  Continue to fix streets, roads, and alleys, and repair potholes
-  Upgrade the water systems to protect neighborhoods
-  Help fund the reopening of Community Hospital

Support Measure A, the continuation of the one cent sales tax shared by everyone, including visitors to our city.

Measure A DOESN'T increase the sales tax but keeps it at its current level.

Please join Long Beach Firefighters, Police Officers, and hundreds of community leaders and Vote Yes on Measure A. 

ROBERT GARCIA
Mayor of Long Beach

ROBERT LUNA
Police Department Chief

XAVIER ESPINO
Fire Department Chief

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