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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Arvin
Measure L - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

530 votes yes (28.8%)

1,310 votes no (71.2%)

100% of precincts reporting (5/5).

Utility tax to Support City Services and Improvements
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Shall the measure establishing a utility users tax of up to a maximum of 7% on charges for telecommunications, video, electricity and gas services to raise approximately $700,000 to be spent for city services, including police, fire, and other emergency services, and street, sidewalk, sewer, public works improvements and other unrestricted purposes, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Arvin

Measure L was placed on the November 6, 2018, Consolidated Municipal Election ballot by atwo-thirds vote of the City Council. If adopted, this measure will perma­nently enact a 7% Utility User Tax on telecommunications, video, electricity and gas services (“UUT”). The City does not currently have a utility tax.

The UUT is a general tax on utility charges (telephone; including voice over internet protocol and cellular; electricity; gas; and television, including cable, sat­ellite and other types of television services) to Arvin businesses and residents to the extent they are served or billed in the City. This measure provides exemptions for public agencies and allows the City Council to enact exemptions for other rea­sons. This tax would not be levied on water, sewer or trash services. The UUT is permanent and has no sunset date.

The UUT will be collected on the monthly bills of the utilities and generally will ap-plyto chargesforall services and fees, unlessthe services are non-taxable. If tax­able and non-taxable services are part of a bundled rate, the service provider may provide information on the non-taxable services or it may all be taxed.

According to City staff, the UUT will provide approximately $800,000 per year to support public services. The moneys could be spent on unrestricted purposes, in­cluding public works improvements, police, fire and other city services. Since the City has a general fund balance deficit, without the UUT, the City will likely need to make reductions in services as part of its budgetary process, including reductions to public safety (e.g., police and fire), recreation, publicworks, and othercore gov­ernmental services. The City may also delay certain capital improvement pro­jects, including road repairs, and park improvements. Public safety expenses represent approximately 60% of all non-enterprise City operating expenditures.

Voter approval would be required for any future increase in rates or to expand the scope of services under Measure L.

The tax administrator may provide instructions or administrative rulings related to implementation and enforcement of the tax. The ordinance allows for penalties and interest for non-payment.

A “Yes” vote means you approve the enactment of the UUT. A “No” vote means you disapprove the enactment of the UUT. This ballot measure would take effect only if a majority of those voting cast a “Yes” vote for it at the November 6, 2018, election.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure L. If you desire a copy of Measure L, please call the CityClerk at (661)854-3134. Acopywill be provided at no cost. In addition, the full text will be available at the following web site address: https://www.arvin.org/.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

The City currently has a general fund deficit of $1 million and expects such deficit to continue or increase over the next several years. The City Council will have to make difficult decisions and cut services in the next budget cycle should Measure L fail, including likely cuts to public safety and essential services. Passing Mea­sure L, with the advice of an oversight committee, will ensure that the City Council makes stable, smart decisions to help secure the City’s financial future, protect residents and preserve services.

YES on L      Ensures that police and fire responses will maintain adequate staffing levels.

YES on L      Creates an oversight board that oversees the spending of revenues.

YES on L      Provides for much-needed road repairs throughout Arvin.

YES on L      Allows the City of Arvin to maintain its parks and recreation programs.

Measure L is proposed to help the City fund basic public services like police, fire, recreation, planning, code enforcement, streets and other services that benefit the City’s residents.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE L TO IMPROVE FINANCIAL STABILITY AND SER­VICES IN THE CITY

s/THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ARVIN

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

— Kern County Registrar of Voters
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