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Los Angeles County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure MC
Transactions and Use Tax
City of Maywood

Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

Fail: 2,238 / 47.76% Yes votes ...... 2,448 / 52.24% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 28 5:11pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (7/7)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis |

Shall an ordinance be adopted to impose a Transactions and Use Tax at the rate of one percent (1%); in order to continue funding general municipal services, such as police, fire protection and paramedic, street maintenance, parks and libraries?

Impartial Analysis from MARCO A. MARTINEZ
Interim City Attorney
Measure “MC”, is a one percent (1%) transactions and use (sales) tax measure that is estimated to raise one million dollars ($1,000,000) per year of additional revenue to fund essential City services in the City of Maywood. The revenue from the tax would be used to fund general government services including the hiring of additional police officers, the purchase of police equipment, fire protection services, park staff and park improvements and maintenance, youth programs, graffiti abatement, street maintenance and repairs, traffic improvements, and library services.

This tax would be adopted as a general tax. As a result, revenues from the tax would be placed in the City’s General Fund and could be used for any legal purpose. Measure “MC” is intended to prevent significant cuts to general City services resulting from revenue shortfalls caused by decreased state funding and other recent economic factors. Further, since this is a local tax adopted by the people of Maywood it cannot be taken away by the State of California, County of Los Angeles or other government entity.

State law authorizes cities to adopt transactions and use (sales) tax ordinances with voter approval and to have those taxes administered by the State Board of Equalization. Pursuant to law, Measure “MC” was placed on the ballot by the Maywood City Council to ask the voters of Maywood to approve the tax at a rate of one percent (1%).

The tax would be paid in addition to current sales and use taxes and would increase the overall effective sales tax rate in the City of Maywood from the current rate of 8.25 percent (8.25%) to 9.25 (9.25%) percent. Under current State law, no further increases to the tax could be imposed without the approval of the State legislature.

By placing Measure “MC” on the ballot, the City complies with Article XIIIC of the California Constitution (Proposition 218), which requires the voters to approve an ordinance which establishes a general tax. This measure must be approved by a majority of the voters.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure “MC”. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the Maywood City Clerk’s office at (323) 562-5714 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

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