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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Local

City of Santa Maria
Measure U2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

13,403 votes yes (74.18%)

4,666 votes no (25.82%)

100% of precincts reporting (38/38).

Sales Tax
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PUBLIC SAFETY/ESSENTIAL SERVICES: To maintain/enhance essential services including neighborhood police patrols; firefighter staffing; gang suppression/enforcement; crime/graffiti/vandalism prevention; 911 medical response times; library, recreation, homelessness, at-risk youth programs; providing durable fiscal stability; shall the measure be approved adopting an ordinance extending Measure U at the one cent rate until ended by voters, providing $18,000,000 annually, with no funds taken by Sacramento, requiring oversight, independent audits, all funds used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Santa Maria

PUBLIC SAFETY AND ESSENTIAL SERVICES MEASURE U2018


ONE-CENT ($0.01) TRANSACTIONS AND USE (SALES) TAX

In 2012, Santa Maria voters approved Measure U2012, authorizing a temporary sales tax to fund general City services. The U2012 tax rate is one-quarter of one percent (0.25%), sometimes referred to as a quarter (1/4) cent because it adds a quarter cent to the price of an item that costs one dollar ($1.00), if the item is normally subject to sales tax. The Santa Maria City Council has placed Measure U2018 on the ballot to ask the voters of Santa Maria if the City should continue the sales tax and increase the rate to one-cent ($0.01) (or one percent (1.0%)). The sales tax is also referred to as a transactions and use tax. If approved by a majority of the voters, the one-cent ($0.01) sales tax would become operative on April 1, 2019. The proposed increased City of Santa Maria sales tax would be collected at the same time and in the same manner as existing sales taxes. The proposed increased sales tax would continue until repealed by voters.

As a general local tax approved by the voters of Santa Maria, Measure U2018's revenue must be placed in the City's general fund and used for general governmental purposes, including funding public safety and essential services. The State cannot take the revenue from Measure U2018 for its own use. General governmental purposes include: neighborhood police patrols; firefighter staffing; gang suppression and enforcement; crime, graffiti, and vandalism prevention; 911 medical response times; library, recreation, homelessness, and at-risk youth programs; and other general functions and services.

Measure U2018 would require the City to conduct annual independent audits, by no later than December 31st of each year. The audit would include the Measure U2018 revenue raised and expended for the prior fiscal year. In addition, Measure U2018 provides that the Citizens’ Oversight Committee previously created by the Santa Maria City Council as required by Measure U2012 will continue to review and report on the revenue and expenditure of the funds from this tax. The annual independent audit would be provided to the Citizens’ Oversight Committee for their review. The Committee will continue to consist of not more than five residents of the City to be appointed by the City Council. City employees, consultants, and vendors are prohibited from serving as members of the Citizens’ Oversight Committee.

A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the sales tax extension and increase. A “No” vote is a vote against extending and increasing the tax. Measure U2018 would be approved if it received a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

The above statement is an Impartial Analysis of Measure U2018. If you desire a copy of Measure U2018, please call the Santa Maria City Clerk’s Office at (805) 925-0951, ext. 2307 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Respectfully submitted,

/s/ Gilbert A. Trujillo, City Attorney

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at http://www.sbcvote.com.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Santa Maria is a great place to live with an amazing quality of life – and we need to keep it that way. Help our local police department fight gangs and drugs! Vote Yes on U to extend existing, voter-approved funding for these important services!

Yes on U keeps your taxpayer dollars locally-controlled. Over the last 25 years, Sacramento politicians took more than $55,000,000 in our local funds. That’s why Santa Maria voters acted to keep our tax dollars local in 2012. Vote Yes on U to extend this funding!

Yes on U extends funding to protect our fast emergency response times. Doctors say the brain starts to deteriorate 5 minutes after a person stops breathing--seconds count in an emergency. Vote Yes on U and help our fire department save lives!

Our local police department still needs tools to keep gangs from resurging — extend Measure U — help our police department combat gangs and keep our city safe!

Yes on U prevents cuts to neighborhood police patrols, keeps officers on the streets, and fully staffs all of our fire stations.

Yes on U supports critical youth services, including maintaining library, park, and recreation programs that keep our kids safe. Extending Measure U ensures our kids are out of trouble, off the streets, and out of gangs.

Extending Measure U at one penny qualifies Santa Maria to receive our fair share of millions in matching grants, ensuring taxpayers don’t have to pay the full cost of our programs. Vote Yes on U!

All Measure U funds will extend accountability, and is subject to mandatory, independent annual financial audits and Citizen Oversight, ensuring that every dollar is spent as promised.

Join a unanimous Santa Maria City Council, public safety officers, business and community leaders in voting YES on U.

The undersigned authors of the Argument in Favor of ballot measure U2018 at the Consolidated General Election for the City of Santa Maria to be held on November 6, 2018, hereby state that such argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Alice M. Patino, Mayor, City of Santa Maria
7/31/2018

/s/ Frank Ortiz, Fire Chief (retired)
7/31/2018

/s/ Trent Benedetti, Chairman, Measure U2012 Citizen Oversight Committee
7/30/2018

/s/ Michael Cordero, City Council Member / Retired Police Officer, City of Santa Maria
8/1/2018

/s/ Tim McNulty, President, SEIU Local 620
8/1/2018

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT WAS FILED AGAINST MEASURE U2018

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at http://www.sbcvote.com.

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