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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

— Utility Users Tax RepealOrdinance —

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June 7, 2016 —California Primary Election

City of Glendale
Measure N Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

10,976 votes yes (28.52%)

27,513 votes no (71.48%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (85/85).

Utility Users Tax Repeal
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Shall the City's longstanding utility users tax be repealed, eliminating approximately 9.5% of the revenues in the City's general fund annually ($17.5 million this year) that is used to pay for city services such as police, fire, 9-1-1 emergency response, libraries, parks and senior services?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

CITY ATTORNEY'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE "N" REPEAL OF CITY'S UTILITY USERS TAX Residents of Glendale currently pay a Utility Users Tax (UUT) for water, gas and electricity service. The current rate is 7%. The UUT is a general tax, meaning that UUT revenues are paid into the City's General Fund. General Fund revenues are budgeted by the City Council annually for general City services, such as police and fire protection, 9-1-1 emergency response, parks, libraries, and street maintenance and repairs. If approved by a majority of Glendale voters, Measure "N" would amend the City's Municipal Code by repealing the UUT on gas, electric and water service in its entirety. This measure is on the ballot because a number of residents circulated a petition and obtained sufficient signatures to qualify for the ballot under California Elections law. Therefore, the City Council placed this Measure on the ballot. If the measure is approved, the General Fund will no longer receive UUT revenues resulting in a loss of approximately $17,500,000 per year. The UUT is the City's third largest source of General Fund revenue (9.5%) after property and sales taxes. If the UUT is repealed, there would be a significant impact on the City's ability to provide services and programs at current levels. The City Council will have to decide, as part of the budgeting process, whether alternative revenues are available, or whether City services and programs will have to be reduced or eliminated. Current options being considered to offset this potential revenue loss are to: eliminate 53 full-time sworn police officer positions; eliminate 37 firefighter positions; close the equivalent of two fire stations; eliminate the Police Department's DNA Crime Lab; reduce the number of on-duty paramedics; eliminate the Specialized Fire Department Emergency Service personnel, including the emergency preparedness unit, the arson investigator, the hazardous materials response team and the search and rescue team; eliminate youth anti-gang and anti-drug prevention programs; reduce pothole repair and maintenance of city streets, storm drains and other critical city facilities and infrastructure, and; close most libraries in Glendale and eliminate librarians and library staff. For a more detailed discussion of the potential impacts of Measure "N", we refer you via the hyperlinks below to the Staff's impartial reports to the City Council. December 8, 2015 Report: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/government/council packets/Reports 120815/CC 8a 120815.pdf March 1, 2016 Supplemental Report: http://www.ci.glendale.ca.us/government/council packets/Reports 030116/CC 8a 030116.pdf Measure "N" requires simple majority approval of the voters to pass. A "Yes" vote on Measure "N" will repeal the Utility Users Tax A "No" vote on Measure "N" will not repeal the Utility Users Tax. - c::::I a-. =& ):IO> ;:c .,, :IC r .. -...... 0 -1 -< (") r- m :.J jilt THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE N. IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE MEASURE, THE PROPOSED ORDINANCE, OR THE EXISTING CODE, PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE AT (818) 548-2090, AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED AT NO COST TO YOU. /s/ MICHAEL J. GARCIA City Attorney 

— http://www.glendalevotes.org/home/showdocument?id=28862
Financial effect

Eliminating $17.5 million in annual UUT funding would require deep cuts to all city services, including police, fire and 9-1-1 emergency response services that protect Glendale residents.  More specifically, eliminating UUT funding would:

·        Increase 9-1-1 emergency response times due to a reduction in police, firefighter and paramedic staffing levels.

·        Eliminate 53 full-time sworn police officer positions

·        Eliminate 37 firefighter positions

·        Close the equivalent of two Fire Stations

·        Eliminate the Police Department’s DNA Crime Lab

·        Reduce the number of on-duty paramedics

·        Eliminate specialized Fire Department Emergency Service personnel, including the emergency preparedness unit, the arson investigator, hazardous materials response team and the search and rescue team

·        Eliminate youth anti-gang and anti-drug prevention programs

·        Reduce pothole repair and maintenance of city streets, storm drains and other critical city facilities and infrastructure

 

·        Close most libraries in Glendale and eliminate librarians and library staff

— http://glendaleca.gov/government/uut-education-/uut-staff-report/faq

YES vote means

Passage of the initiative proposing to eliminate Glendale’s UUT finding would cut $17.5 million from public services and result in increased 9-1-1 emergency response times, the elimination of over 50 police officers and nearly 40 firefighters, the closure of the equivalent of two fire stations, and other cuts.

NO vote means

A no vote would preserve Glendale’s $17.5 million for fiscal year 2015-16 and annually thereafter, in UUT funding that has been in place since 1969.  This would maintain current 9-1-1 emergency response times, police patrols and investigations, on-duty firefighters and other services.

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