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L.A. County Landfill Tax Continuation Measure
County of Los Angeles
Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Pass: 540,260 / 63.08% Yes votes ...... 316,217 / 36.92% 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 Los Angeles County's existing tax on landfills be readopted to ratify and continue the existing 10 percent tax on landfill operators' gross receipts from waste disposal in landfills in the unincorporated county, to fund essential general fund services, such as parks, libraries, senior services, and law enforcement; and to update the administrative appeal process, and clarify definitions to ensure the tax is properly calculated?
Since January 1991 a 10 percent tax, the Business License Tax + Disposal Facilities, has been imposed on operators of landfills in unincorporated areas of the county. It is based on gross receipts received for the disposal of waste in a landfill facility.
Case law indicates that voter approval may be needed for certain taxes imposed after 1990, so the current tax could be subject to legal challenge. Measure L asks for public approval of the landfill tax.
The landfill tax adds about $12 million annually to the county general fund. It supports county-wide general fund services, such as parks, libraries, senior services, and law enforcement, but is not limited to any specific use.
WHAT A YES OR NO VOTE MEANS
A NO vote means that the Landfill tax would no longer be imposed and general fund revenues would be reduced.
WHAT SUPPORTERS SAY
Revenue from the landfill tax supports vital County-wide services such as parks, libraries, senior and emergency services. If Measure L is not approved, services would be cut.
Landfills are a burden on neighbors and on County streets and highways. It's fair for landfill operators to offset impacts by continuing to pay this tax..
WHAT OPPONENTS SAY
The Landfill Tax is a general tax which provides funding for essential government services such as parks, libraries, senior services, law enforcement, and other general fund services. The Landfill Tax would continue to be imposed on operators and proprietors of waste disposal facilities within the unincorporated area of the County, and would be imposed at the current rate of 10% of the gross receipts collected, which rate was adopted by ordinance and approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on January 22, 1991.
This measure clarifies that the term "operator" includes the proprietor of the landfill; that "gross receipts" includes the totality of income collected, including income from subsidiary or parent companies; and requires that the amount of tax be separately stated on the invoice. Further, this measure amends the process to appeal imposition of the tax, providing operators with the opportunity to have an initial review by the tax administrator before appealing to the Board of Supervisors.
The Landfill Tax has been in effect since January 1991 at the current rate of 10% of gross receipts. Subsequent state court decisions have found that voter approval may be required for certain taxes imposed after 1990. Should the County be sued, an adverse decision could place the Landfill Tax revenues at risk, resulting in a reduction in general funds.
Approval of this measure ratifies the current rate and approves the past collection of the Landfill Tax from operators of landfills and waste disposal facilities 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 L|
The current Los Angeles County landfills tax is a 10% tax on the gross receipts of
landfills (dumps) operating within the unincorporated areas of the County. Measure L 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 L will not
increase the current tax, nor will it impose a new one. It simply keeps it at its
Revenue from this tax supports vital countywide services such as parks, libraries, senior and emergency services. If Measure L is not approved, the tax could be completely eliminated, and the County would have to cut those services on which County residents depend.
Measure L is a fair tax. Landfills impose a heavy burden on their neighbors and on County streets and highways. It's only fair that landfill operators in the unincorporated areas mitigate the impacts of their activity by continuing to pay this tax. L.A. County is not alone. Several cities in our region impose a landfill tax or fee including Glendale, Palmdale and the City of Los Angeles.
Measure L 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 L.
WILLIAM T. FUJIOKA
DARYL L. OSBY
MARGARET DONNELLAN TODD
(No arguments against Measure L were submitted)