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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
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City of Gonzales
Measure O Initiative Statute - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Failing

732 votos si (45.52%)

876 votos no (54.48%)

Transaction and Use Tax Amendment
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Gonzales Quality of Life Temporary Tax Amendment Measure. Shall the City of Gonzales increase its Temporary Transaction and Use Tax from one-half percent (0.5%) to one percent (1%), and extend the life of the tax from ten to twenty years, subject to continued independent audit and citizens' oversight committee review, with all funds being used exclusively for Gonzales programs, initiatives and projects? The tax amendment would generate an estimated additional $550,000 annually.

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the enactment and imposition of a new .5% increase to the City’s TUT, and extension of the collection of the TUT through 2034, with expenditure oversight by a committee of members of the public.  

 

Un voto por el NO significa

 A “No” vote is a vote against the tax and extension.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

The Gonzales City Council has placed Measure O on the November 6, 2018 Consolidated Statewide Election ballot to ask the voters to approve an ordinance that will increase the City’s existing one-half percent (.5%) transactions and use tax (“TUT”) by one-half percent (.5%), for a new total TUT of one percent (1%).  Measure O would also extend the term of the existing .5% TUT, approved by Measure K in 2014, so that the new 1% TUT would be collected until 2034.      

 If approved, the tax would add a new one-half cent tax on an item that costs a dollar, or fifty cents on an item that costs one hundred dollars. 

Currently, the tax on retail sales in Gonzales is 8.25% of the purchase price.  Under the current tax rate, the City receives the equivalent of one and a half percent (1.5%) or one and a half cents of every dollar spent.  The proposed .5% TUT increase would be levied on the sale or use of tangible personal property sold at retail in the City.  Accordingly, the total tax rate for most purchases in the City would increase to 8.75%.  Of this total, the City will receive two cents of every dollar spent if the voters approve Measure O.  

Revenue generated from the TUT would be deposited in the City’s general fund.  All monies collected could then be used for any general governmental purpose, such as police and fire services, park and road maintenance, public facility renovation, youth and senior programs, community center development, and other essential services.  As such, this ballot measure is a “general tax,” rather than a “special tax.”  

Measure O continues the requirement that all TUT revenues are subject to an annual audit of  tax revenues received and expenditures thereof, accompanied by an annual report from the City Manager and City Finance Director that reviews the status and performance of programs and services funded with tax proceeds.  Additionally, the Mayor and City Council will continue to maintain a five-person oversight committee comprised of members of the public appointed to review expenditures and recommend the use of tax proceeds.  

A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the enactment and imposition of a new .5% increase to the City’s TUT, and extension of the collection of the TUT through 2034, with expenditure oversight by a committee of members of the public.  A “No” vote is a vote against the tax and extension.  Measure O would be approved if it receives a simple majority (over 50%) of “Yes” votes.   

Dated:  August 16, 2018 

/s/ Michael F. Rodriquez, City Attorney 

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measure O! General purpose money generated by Measure O goes to your LOCAL SERVICES, and Sacramento can’t touch it! Measure O gives you LOCAL CONTROL of money generated to improve the Quality of Life of YOUR Community.

YES on Measure O keeps the Gonzales sales tax rate competitive while providing an additional half-cent to the existing Quality of Life Temporary Transaction and Use Tax rate through 2034. Measure Owill allow the City to continue the great work and projects that have been funded by the existing sales tax measure such as the renovation of the community pool, new restrooms at Central Park, a new playground at Centennial Park, and dramatic increases in youth programs.

YES on Measure Oprovides money that may be used for a variety of potential general purposes including:

• Protection of essential police and fire services;

• A match to other funds and grants to construct a “Youth Innovation Center;”

• Increased funding to serve additional youth during out-of-school time in the Gonzales Day Camp;

• Expansion of sustainability programs like Environmental Leadership Academy, Gonzales Grows Green, and alternative and renewable energy projects;

• More youth, adult, and senior recreational activities;

• Start-up funds for:

• a street improvement plan;

• establishing baseline broadband Internet service for all city households;

• developing more parks, soccer fields, and recreation opportunities

• construction of a new state-of-the-art public library.

YES on Measure O includes strong fiscal accountability, annual audits, and an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee to monitor spending and recommend a spending plan to the City Council, guaranteeing funds are spent responsibly. By law, Measure Orequires every dime is spent on LOCAL SERVICES IN GONZALES.

Vote Yes on Measure O!

/s/ Maria Orozco, Mayor

/s/ Candice McFarland Camacho, Transaction Use Tax Oversight Committee Member

 

— Monterey County Elections Dept.

Argumento EN CONTRA

No Argument Against Measure O submitted.

— Monterey County Elections Dept.

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

ORDINANCE NO. 2018-109

 

AN ORDINANCE OF THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF GONZALES

APPROVING AMENDMENTS TO GONZALES CITY CODE CHAPTER 3.29 INCREASING THE CITY’S TEMPORARY GENERAL TRANSACTION AND USE TAX, KNOWN AS THE “GONZALES QUALITY OF LIFE TEMPORARY TAX MEASURE”  BY ONE-HALF PERCENT (.5%), AND EXTENDING THE TERM OF SAID TAX MEASURE

 

              BE IT ORDAINED BY THE VOTERS OF THE CITY OF GONZALES:

 

SECTION 1.  FINDINGS.  The voters of the City of Gonzales hereby find as follows:

1.     The City of Gonzales continues to address ongoing challenges to its efforts to maintain core city operations and infrastructure, maintain a variety of pro-active business initiatives, maintain its award winning G3 recycling sustainable and environmental program, re-energize its community policing program, nurture youth engagement and leadership, maintain salary and benefits flexibility in order to retain and attract top-quality employees, and continue its leadership role in regional efforts on gang suppression, economic development, storm water, solid waste, and housing, all subject to an extremely limited budget.

2.     The City’s financial condition continues to hamper the City’s ability to address all the projects, programs and services required and expected by the community.

3.     In order to stay within the limits of its General Fund, the City has implemented expenditure reductions, refrained from use of the General Fund balance, and has maintained vacancies in virtually every department.    

4.     In 2014, the voters of the City adopted Measure K, imposing a Temporary General Transaction and Use Tax, known as the “Gonzales Quality of Life Temporary Tax Measure,” in the amount of one-half percent (.5%) on retail sales or consumption of tangible personal property within the City.  Use of said tax revenues, which are collected by the State Board of Equalization, are subject to annual audit and reporting by an independent auditor, as well as oversight and use recommendation from the City’s Measure K Temporary Use Tax Advisory Committee, a board comprised of appointed members of the community.  The tax revenues are restricted to use exclusively by the City of Gonzales and its residents and cannot be taken by the state for other purposes.  The Gonzales Transaction and Use Tax Measure currently generates approximately $550,000 annually in tax revenues    

5.     Despite the City’s cost savings efforts, as well as the collection of the aforesaid transaction and use tax, a number of critical areas of City operations are currently unfunded, resulting in understaffing in the finance, police, fire and public works departments, deferred street and parks maintenance, and deferred action on capital projects such as a new Community Park with ample playing fields and a Community Center.  In addition, a lack of available funding continues to keep the City from fulfilling its vision and mission to carry out economic development and business assistance, retention and development necessary to increase the local job base. 

6.     The City currently shares the second lowest tax rate in Monterey County, 8.25%, with King City.

7.     Pursuant to Part 6.1 (commencing with Section 7251) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and Part 1.7 of Division 2, the City may seek voter approval for a general transaction and use tax and/or any amendments thereto.

8.     The City’s Transaction and Use Tax Advisory Committee has recommended that the City Council consider increasing the existing Transaction and Use Tax by one-half percent (0.5%) to one percent (1%) and to extend or eliminate the ten-year sunset period on the term of the existing tax.

9.     The City Council has proposed a City Code amendment that will increase the existing transaction and use tax from one-half percent (0.5%) to one percent (1%).   

10.  Revenues generated by the proposed ordinance amendment would provide the City with greater financial flexibility to maintain essential governmental services and Core Programs and continue to move the City forward with a number of proactive programs.  

11.  The proposed City Code amendment would also increase the term of the temporary transaction and use tax, from ten (10) to twenty (20) years (to 2034), so as to provide greater financial stability and enhanced long-term planning capability to the City.   

 

SECTION 2.  AMENDMENT TO CITY CODE SECTION 3.29.050.  Gonzales City Code Title 3-Revenue and Finance, Chapter 3.29- Temporary Transaction and Use Tax, Section 3.29.050-“Tranactions tax rate” shall be amended to read as follows:

3.29.050  Transactions tax rate.  For the privilege of selling tangible personal property at retail, a tax is hereby imposed upon all retailers in the incorporated territory of the city at the rate of one-half percent (0.5%) one percent (1%)  of the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of all tangible personal property sold at retail in said territory on and after the operative date of this ordinance.

 

SECTION 3.  AMENDMENT TO GONZALES CITY CODE SECTION 3.29.070.  Gonzales City Code Title 3-Revenue and Finance, Chapter 3.29- Temporary Transaction and Use Tax, Section 3.29.070-“Use tax rate” shall be amended to read as follows:

3.29.070  Use tax rate. An excise tax is hereby imposed on the storage, use or other consumption in the city of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer on and after the operative date of this ordinance for storage, use or other consumption in said territory at the rate of one-half percent (0.5%) one percent (1%)  of the sales price of the property. The sales price shall include delivery charges when such charges are subject to state sales or use tax regardless of the place to which delivery is made.

 

SECTION 4.  AMENDMENT TO GONZALES CITY CODE SECTION 3.29.160.  Gonzales City Code Title 3-Revenue and Finance, Chapter 3.29- Temporary Transaction and Use Tax, Section 3.29.160 shall be amended to read as follows:

 

3.29.160  Termination date.  This ordinance is meant to establish a transaction and use tax for a limited period of time.  The authority to levy the tax imposed by this chapter shall expire on the tenth twentieth anniversary of the last day of the calendar quarter preceding the operative date.

 

SECTION 5.  USE OF TAX REVENUE.  The tax approved by this ordinance is a general tax. The city may use the revenue from the tax for any general governmental purpose, including without limitation hiring and retention in the finance, police, fire and public works departments, youth and senior programs, street and parks maintenance, capital projects such as improvements to and/or installation of new pool and library facilities, broadband infrastructure and/or service and the proposed community center, economic development and business assistance, retention and development, and payment of outstanding debt.  The revenue from the tax shall only be used for services and programs that benefit the residents of the City.  The amended tax will continue to be subject to the auditing requirements and the community-based committee review of tax use established for the original transaction and use tax.   

  

SECTION 6.  SEVERABILITY.  If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the ordinance and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.  The voters of the City of Gonzales hereby declare that they would have adopted each and every provision of this ordinance regardless of the invalidity of any other provision.

 

SECTION 7.  CODIFICATION.  Upon adoption of this ordinance pursuant to the voter approval, the City Clerk, in consultation with the City Attorney, is hereby authorized and directed to codify this ordinance in the Gonzales City Code.

 

SECTION 8.  EFFECTIVE DATE.  If this ordinance is approved by a majority of the voters voting on the issue at the November 6, 2018 election, pursuant to Elections Code Section 9217, this ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the Council declares the results of the election.

 

SECTION 9.  PUBLICATION.  The Clerk of the City of Gonzales is hereby directed to cause the following summary of the ordinance to be published by one (1) insertion in the Gonzales Tribune, a newspaper of general circulation published and circulated in the City of Gonzales:

 

Contingent upon majority voter approval, this ordinance increases the City’s  transaction and use tax on the sale or consumption of tangible personal property within the City of Gonzales from one half percent (0.5%)  to 1 percent (1%). The amendment also extends the term of the temporary tax to 20 years, or until 2034.  All tax revenues will continue to be subject to independent annual audits; annual public expenditure reports and oversight by the Transaction and Use Tax Advisory Committee.  The tax revenues will only be spent on services and programs for the City of Gonzales and its residents.

 

              APPROVED by the following vote of the Voters of the City of Gonzales on November ____,   2018.

 

              ADOPTED by Declaration of the vote by the City Council of the City of Gonzales on ____, 2018:

 

AYES:                     COUNCIL MEMBERS:      

 

NOES:                    COUNCIL MEMBERS:                      

 

ABSTAIN:             COUNCIL MEMBERS:      

 

ABSENT:               COUNCIL MEMBERS:      

                                                                            

Maria Orozco, The Honorable Mayor

ATTEST: 

 

                                                       

René L. Mendez, City Clerk

 

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