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L.A. County Hotel Occupancy Tax Continuation Measure
County of Los Angeles
Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 522,354 / 60.69% Yes votes ...... 338,288 / 39.31% No votes
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|Results as of Jun 29 2:14pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (4,786/4,786)|
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Shall the existing unincorporated county hotel room tax be readopted to ratify, continue, and update the existing ordinance at the current rate of 12 percent to fund essential County general fund services, such as parks, libraries, senior services, and law enforcement; to continue exempting hotel stays longer than 30 days, to add exemptions for emergency shelter referrals, and for individuals on official government business pursuant to federal law?
In fiscal year 2011-2012 TOT revenues contributed $12.4 million to the Nondepartmental Revenue Budget. This revenue supports county-wide general fund services such as parks, libraries, senior services, and law enforcement, but is not limited to any specific use.
Case law indicates that voter approval may be needed for certain taxes imposed after 1990. On this basis, current litigation is challenging the TOT increase. Measure H asks the public to affirm the current 12% rate, while exempting those referred for emergency shelter and certain individuals traveling on government business, as well as those staying over 30 days.
Other cities in Los Angeles County charge similar or higher hotel taxes: Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Inglewood, 14%; Pasadena, 12.11%; Long Beach, Hawthorne, Monterey Park, 12%.
The difference in the tax rate is about $2.1 million annually. If the increase is not approved the tax rate will revert to the 10% rate, general fund revenues will be $2.1 million lower, and services depending on those funds will suffer.
WHAT A YES OR NO VOTE MEANS
A NO vote means that the TOT tax would revert to 10%, the 1983 rate, and the county general fund would be reduced by about $2.1 million each year.
The hotel tax is charged to tourists, out-of-town businesspeople, and other visitors staying in unincorporated areas of the County. Many other cities in Los Angeles County impose similar or higher taxes.
Revenue from the TOT supports important County services such as parks, libraries, senior and emergency services; unless the current rate is approved, services dependent on the revenue will have to be cut.
The Hotel Tax is a general tax which provides funding for essential government services including parks, libraries, senior services, law enforcement, and other general fund services. The Hotel Tax would continue to be imposed on every temporary, or transient, occupant of a hotel, motel or other place of lodging within the unincorporated area of the County, and would be imposed at the current rate of 12%, which rate was adopted by ordinance by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on December 18, 1990.
This measure clarifies the definition of "transient" to exempt any person occupying space in a hotel or motel for a period of time longer than 30 days upon written agreement entered into during the initial 30-day stay. The Hotel Tax would expressly exempt emergency shelter referrals from public agencies and employees of federally-related agencies who are travelling on official government business.
The current Hotel Tax rate of 12% has been in effect since January 1991. From August 1983 until January 1991, the Hotel Tax rate was 10%. The present Hotel Tax rate is the subject of existing litigation. An adverse decision in that litigation may result in reverting the Hotel Tax to its pre-1991 rate of 10%, which would reflect a reduction of approximately $2.1 million per year in general funds, and may also result in refunds of 2% of the tax paid to those persons who occupied hotel or motel rooms in the unincorporated area during certain periods of time.
Approval of this measure ratifies the current rate and approves the past collection of the Hotel Tax from transients who occupied hotels and motels in the unincorporated area of the County of Los Angeles.
This measure requires a majority vote of the qualified voters in the County of Los Angeles who cast votes in the election.
|Arguments For Measure H|
The current Los Angeles County hotel tax was originally adopted in 1991. Measure H is necessitated by a change in State law that requires County voters to
ratify this tax in order to maintain it at its current rate. MEASURE H will not
increase the current tax, nor will it impose a new one. It simply keeps it at its
This hotel tax is charged to tourists, out of town businesspeople and other visitors who stay in hotels located in unincorporated areas of the County. Revenue from this tax supports countywide services such as parks, libraries, senior and emergency services.
This tax is not paid by County residents---only by out of town visitors. If Measure H is not approved the tax rate will be reduced, and the County will have to cut vital services which we enjoy and on which we depend.
Many cities in Los Angeles County assess a similar tax on hotel rooms. The City
of Los Angeles, Santa Monica and Inglewood charge 14%; Pasadena charges
Measure H is not a new tax; it maintains an existing tax at the existing rate. It ensures that County residents will continue to enjoy high-quality park, library, senior and emergency services at no cost to local taxpayers.
We urge you to vote YES ON MEASURE H.
WILLIAM T. FUJIOKA
DARYL L. OSBY
MARGARET DONNELLAN TODD
(No arguments against Measure H were submitted)