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El Monte Sugar Sweetened Beverage Business License Fee Measure
City of El Monte
Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 4,428 / 23.85% Yes votes ...... 14,137 / 76.15% No votes
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|Results as of Dec 2 2:20pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (38/38)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
To offset state cuts and maintain City gneral fund services, shall an ordinance be adopted implementing a business license fee of one (1) cent per fluid ounce of sugar sweetened beverage served/provided/traded by businesses in the City?
Proponents of the business license fee believe its imposition will result in the reduced consumption of sugar sweetened beverages, which in tum will help reduce incidences of obesity and the various related health problems and associated medical costs that come with obesity. Opponents question whether the fee will result in reduced incidences of obesity and further express concern over the fees possible economic impact on businesses and consumers.
As used in the measure, "sugar sweetened beverage" means any nonalcoholic beverage, whether or not carbonated, which contains added caloric sweetener, e.g. non-diet soda drinks. "Sugary sweetened beverage" does not include Pedialyte, Ensure, Lucerne and Pediasure, or other similar nutritional supplement drinks or rehydration beverages for children and/or seniors.
It is also estimated by City staff that the business license fee will generate between $3.5 to $7 million in general tax revenues for the City of EI Monte ("City") which the City could use to address fiscal challenges brought about by the elimination of Redevelopment and other adverse economic conditions.
The business license fee is a general tax under Article XIIIC of the California Constitution because the proceeds of the tax may be used for any governmental/municipal purpose, including but not limited to park and street maintenance, recreational programs, the restoration of emergency reserves and public safety and emergency response services. Because the business license fee is a general tax it may be approved by a simple majority of those who vote at the City's upcoming Special Municipal Election of November 6, 2012.
If approved by the voters, the City will enact an ordinance implementing the business license fee.
Voting "YES" for Measure H means:
The voter wants a business license fee to be imposed on City businesses in the amount of one (1) cent per fluid ounce of sugar sweetened beverage served, provided, or traded.
Voting "NO" for Measure H means:
The voter does not want a business license fee to be imposed on City businesses in the amount of one (1) cent per fluid ounce of sugar sweetened beverage served, provided, or traded.
|Arguments For Measure H||Arguments Against Measure H|
|Measure H is a unique proposal to raise needed revenue and improve public
health through an increase in the business license fee for businesses that sell
sugary drinks. In a recent study of 400 cities in California, EI Monte ranked 9th
in childhood obesity. To address this obesity epidemic in EI Monte and to
maintain basic city services, we are asking you to consider imposing a 1 penny per
ounce fee on business licenses.
A YES Vote on Measure H will:
Measure H will help stabilize our budget, provide improved community services for families, preserve public safety services and make our city healthier. Out of state corporations are going to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to mislead local families on this important issue. They want to avoid paying their fair share and they don't care about the safety and health of EI Monte's neighborhoods. The City Council is trying to get ahead of these challenges.
Please join us in voting YES on Measure H.
NORMA EDITH GARCIA
VERNA DE LOS REYES
DR. BETZY SALCEDO, M.D.
The people of El Monte shouldn't have to pay for the City's pet projects and wasteful spending habits.
Vote No On Measure H. Visit: NoOnMeasureH.com
ARTHUR MEIER JR.
ARTHUR GEORGE BARRIOS
|Measure H: Too Expensive For EI Monte
E1 Monte's politicians are trying to make up for years of overspending by taxing beverages like sports drinks, ice teas, bubble teas, horchata, and agua fresca. A tax on groceries is the wrong way to balance the city's budget.
This is a money grab that has nothing to do with the health of our community. EI Monte residents already pay a sales tax of 9.25% - a higher rate than neighboring cities. And there's nothing to stop the politicians from trying to increase the tax every time the city runs low on money.
Vote "NO" on "H" because:
Get more information at http://www.NoOnMeasureH.com.
AR THUR MEIER JR.
ARTHUR GEORGE BARRIOS
So what are the budget facts? We know that Measure GG, the half-cent sales tax, will sunset in April 2014 and leave the City with fewer choices. If we adjust for inflation, the City is spending less in each of the last three years than it did in the previous 9 years. The City is doing more for less. Opponents want you to believe that this City is overspending, but the facts do not support such a claim.
We also know that opponents will spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to defeat Measure H in El Monte. They spend more than $500 million dollars per year advertising products to our children that have no nutritional value. They fear that a business license fee on sugary drinks will result in less consumption of their products which impacts their bottom line. Supporters of Measure H will not spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to try to convince you to vote for Measure H.
If we vote YES on Measure H, we will generate a local revenue stream to provide City services in our community that our children and families deserve.
The future of El Monte is in your hands.
MICHAEL J. GOMEZ
JAQUELINE V. MORALES
CARROLL A. LEESE