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Utility User's Tax
City of Cathedral City
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 8,742 / 68.33% Yes votes ...... 4,052 / 31.67% No votes
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|Results as of December 2 11:01am, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (20/20)|
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Shall the City of Cathedral City impose a utility users' tax at the rate of three percent (3%) on telecommunication services, electricity, gas and solid waste removal?
In general, utility companies would collect the tax from consumers as part of their regular utility bills and would remit the paid taxes to the City. Low-income seniors would be exempt from the tax, provided they are 65 years and older and are enrolled in Southern California Edison's California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) program. For the period June 1, 2008, to May 31, 2009, a household of one to two people qualifies for the CARE program if they have a combined income no higher than $30,500. The income threshold for the CARE program increases with the number of people in the household, to a high of $58,000 for a household of six people.
The utility users' tax is a general tax that is intended to alleviate the City's ongoing general operating budget deficit. Revenue generated by the tax would go into the City's General Fund. The City Council spends General Fund monies according to its adopted budget for the support of the essential public services, including: police, fire and paramedic services; the development and operation of crime, gang and drug prevention programs; emergency response improvement programs; street repairs and maintenance; street sweeping; street medium maintenance; graffiti removal; code enforcement; and youth and senior programs. The tax includes a requirement for an annual financial audit performed by a qualified, independent third party. The results of these audits would be available to the public.
A "Yes" vote on Measure "L" means the voter is in favor of authorizing the City to collect a utility users' tax. A "No" vote on Measure "L" means the voter is not in favor of the City collecting a utility users' tax.
The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure "L". If you desire a copy of the utility tax ordinance that implements the utility users' tax and provides a more detailed description of the utilities to be taxed and the manner in which the tax is to be calculated and collected, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (760) 770-0385 and a copy will be mailed to you at no charge. Free copies of the utility tax ordinance are available at the City Clerk's Office at 68-700 Avenida Lalo Guerrero, Cathedral City, California 92234.
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|Arguments For Measure L|
Maintain Cathedral City's essential city and public safety services -- Vote YES on "L".
Cathedral City's population has grown by 20% since 2000- to more than 50,000. Demands for services have increased, including a 33% increase in 9-1-1 emergency calls.
With a multi-billion dollar State budget deficit and an economic slowdown, Cathedral City is running out of money to meet the needs of a growing population. Unless we pass Measure "L", deep cuts will be necessary.
YES on "L" maintains the City's ability to respond quickly and effectively to a natural disaster like an earthquake or flash flood.
YES on "L" maintains 911 emergency response times, retains emergency dispatch operators, paramedics, police and firefighters, and purchases communications equipment such as radios and computers.
YES on "L" maintains funding for police traffic safety, and youth anti-gang and anti-drug programs.
The average 9-1-1 response time in Cathedral City is almost 7 minutes - the slowest in Coachella Valley. YES on "L" prevents our City from having to make cuts to 9-1-1 emergency response services that could risk lives.
YES on "L" ensures local control. By law, all funds raised will stay in Cathedral City, providing a guaranteed source of revenue that can't be taken by Sacramento. Citizens Finance Committee review and annual financial audits are Iegally required to ensure that funds are spent efficiently, effectively and as promised. Low-income seniors are exempt from "L".
Cathedral City is rated one of the safest in Riverside County - we must keep it that way. By keeping our City safe and maintaining our services, Yes on "L" protects our property values and the local economy.
Join Police Officers, Firefighters, Paramedics and residents from all walks of life - Vote YES on "L".
By: Margarita Garcia, Dream Home Resident
(No arguments against Measure L were submitted)