Continuation of New Realities Taxes
City Of San Jose
61,045 / 42.6% Yes votes ...... 82,164 / 57.4% No votes
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Shall the existing
ordinances implementing the New Realities Task Force recommendations
which provide for a limited inflationary adjustment for
business taxes, the collection of the existing utility tax on out-of-state
telephone service, and an alternative business tax on fuel tank farms, be
In 1995, the Mayor convened the New Realities Task Force which was comprised of 25 citizens from a broad cross-section of the community, with representatives from business, labor, clergy, academia and neighborhood groups, to study organizational efficiency, revenue, expenditure and personnel issues. One goal of the Task Force was to design a comprehensive package of proposals and reforms to correct the structural imbalance that exists between the City's revenues and expenditures. On April 16, 1996, the Task Force presented a package of recommendations to the City Council. Included as part of the Task Force package was the imposition or increase of three general taxes, referred to as the New Realities Taxes. The implementing ordinances, adopted by the City Council on October 29, 1996, did the following:
In the last fiscal year, the City collected an estimated amount of over $11,000,000 from these three sources of revenue. Therefore, if this measure fails to pass, the City's current General Fund revenue will be reduced.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure AA. If you desire a copy of the ordinance, please call the City Clerk's office at (408)277-4424 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.
|Arguments For Measure AA||Arguments Against Measure AA|
|Strong neighborhoods make a strong city. Measure AA allows the city
to continue providing essential services, including upgraded police and
fire protection, to neighborhoods throughout San Jose.
In 1996 the city created the New Realities Task Force - a citizens' committee representing neighborhood groups, small and large businesses, labor, churches and other community-based organizations. After completing the most thorough review of
city operations ever attempted, the committee found over 30 ways to make our government more efficient. Recommendations included improved employee safety programs, performance-based budgeting, and additional opportunities for the private sector to compete to provide government services. Together, these changes have saved taxpayers millions of dollars and improved basic services.
Three of the recommendations from the citizens' task force were adopted by the City Council in 1996. Measure AA reaffirms this 1996 decision.
How will Measure AA benefit San Jose? The Mayor's budget proposal, unanimously adopted by the City Council, state that Measure AA funds can be used for the following priorities:
Measure AA keeps us on the right track. These funds help guarantee vital
services like police, fire, parks library and transportation improvements
For the security of our neighborhoods, please vote YES on Measure AA.
|The City Council didn't want the people of San Jose to have the right
to vote on these taxes. That's why they were rushed through in 1996 to
beat the Proposition 218 "Right to Vote on Taxes" deadline.
Because Proposition 218 was approved by the voters, the City Council has now been forced to give the people the right to vote on these taxes.
We believe you should vote "No" for three simple reasons.
First, these $5 million of tax increases are part of a package of broken promises. They were supposed to come with a commitment from city government to become more efficient and cut waste. Those promises were broken. The cost savings claimed by the supporters of these taxes are greatly exaggerated and mostly imaginary.
Second, City Hall has not done enough to improve government efficiency since these taxes were imposed. The City recently adopted new rules that discourage local businesses from bidding to provide services and reduce costs. These rules stopped those outside of city government from competing for work.
Third, the taxes just don't make sense:
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