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Los Angeles County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure I
Funding for Bond Repayment
City of Long Beach

Special Tax - Two-Thirds Majority Approval Required

Fail: 75,821 / 52.86% Yes votes ...... 67,619 / 47.14% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 28 5:11pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (222/222)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis |

To repay bonds which the City intends to issue to repair/replace city streets, sidewalks, alleys, storm drains, fire stations, police stations, libraries and recreational facilities and to acquire, restore and preserve wetlands, shall an Ordinance be adopted which establishes an annual parcel tax of $120 per residential unit (0.4 to 8.8 cents per square foot for other uses) adjusted annually for inflation?

Impartial Analysis from Robert E. Shannon
City Attorney
This Measure would amend the Municipal Code by adopting an Ordinance entitled the “Long Beach Infrastructure Reinvestment Act” to raise revenue solely for the purpose of financing certain infrastructure projects. Measure I, if approved by two-thirds of the voters, would authorize the City to impose a special tax on parcels of real property within the City. By law, the revenue from the special tax can only be used for acquisition, improvement, repair, replacement, rehabilitation, relocation, restoration, and preservation of the following:

  • Streets, signals, sidewalks and alleys.
  • Storm water collection, transportation, detention and discharge systems.
  • Fire and police stations and other public safety facilities.
  • Parks and recreation and community facilities.
  • Open space and wetlands.
  • Libraries and health facilities.

The revenue may also be used for the payment of debt service on and the administration of any bonds issued for the improvements listed above.

The proposed Ordinance establishes an annual parcel tax of $120.00 per year ($10 per month) per parcel with a single family residence, or per unit with a multi-family residence. Rates for commercial and other uses would vary depending upon parcel and building size. The formula to compute the parcel tax for commercial and other property types is specified in the Ordinance, a copy of which is included in the Sample Ballot materials and is available from the City Clerk. The rates are subject to annual increases based on the annual percent increase in the Consumer Price Index.

The proposed Ordinance establishes a procedure for senior citizens and disabled persons who own and occupy a single family residence to apply for an exemption from the tax.

The proposed Ordinance requires that all tax proceeds be deposited in a special fund subject to an annual independent audit report by the City Auditor which will set forth the amount of the tax collected and expended and the status of any projects funded with tax proceeds. It further requires the establishment of a Citizen’s Oversight Committee to review the amount of tax revenue collected and expended, to make recommendations on the priority of funded projects, and to submit an annual public report of findings to the City Council.

Two-thirds of those voting on Measure I must approve the measure for it to pass. A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the parcel tax. A “no” vote is a vote against authorizing the parcel tax.

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