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Los Angeles County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Measure Y
Temporary Half-Cent Sales Tax
City of Culver City

Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

Pass: 14,185 / 76.79% Yes votes ...... 4,287 / 23.21% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Dec 2 2:20pm, 100.00% of Precincts Reporting (26/26)
Information shown below: Official Information | Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

To offset state budget cuts, preserve quality neighborhoods and ensure effective 911 emergency response by retaining firefighters, police officers, and paramedics; fixing potholes/streets; maintaining parks, community centers, storm drains; continuing after school programs, senior services, graffiti removal, arts/cultural programs, and other general services, shall Culver City enact a half-cent sales tax, automatically expiring after ten years, requiring independent financial audits, all funds used locally, and no money for Sacramento?

Official Sources of Information

Impartial Analysis from
City Attorney, City of Culver City
The Culver City City Council has placed Measure Y on the ballot, which would approve an ordinance enacting a temporary one half-cent (0.5%) transactions and use tax within the City of Culver City for a period of ten years. This type of tax is also commonly referred to as a "sales" tax. If the measure is approved by the voters, some of the services and programs that may receive funding include: police, fire, senior services, streets, parks, recreation and other general city services. This tax is a "general tax," not a "special tax," and may be used for any valid municipal purpose. Such general tax revenues will be deposited into the City's General Fund and will not go to the State.

Currently, the State and local sales tax in Culver City is 8.75% of the purchase price. The City of Culver City receives one percent (1.0%). The remaining 7.75% goes to the State and County. If Measure Y is adopted, the total Culver City sales tax rate would be 9.25%, with the City receiving one and one-half percent (1.5%) and the remaining 7.75% going to the State and County. The temporary one half-cent (0.5%) tax would be effective April, 2013 and would automatically expire after ten years in 2023, unless extended by the voters at a subsequent election.

Technically, the existing "sales tax" is a combination of "sales and use tax" and "transactions and use tax." Both are levied on the retail sale or use of tangible personal property, with certain limited exceptions. Under Measure Y, the tax would be collected at the same time and in a similar manner as the existing sales tax, and would be administered by the State Board of Equalization. This retail tax is paid by nonresidents, as well as residents, and would only apply to goods and services that are subject to the existing sales tax. Like other Culver City revenues, the added tax would be subject to annual independent audits.

To be adopted, State law requires that this Measure be approved by a majority of the voters. A "Yes" vote on Measure Y would adopt the ordinance increasing the transactions and use (sales) tax rate in Culver City by a half-cent (0.5%), which would terminate in ten years. A "No" vote would not adopt the increase.

Dated: July 30, 2012

Contact FOR Measure Y:
Yes on Measure Y
FPPC# 1350708
Dan Gallagher, Treasurer
9696 Culver Blvd., Suite 106,
Culver City, CA 90232
Phone 310-839-5217

Contact AGAINST Measure Y:
Unavailable as of October 19, 2012

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City of Culver City
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Arguments For Measure Y
We are proud to live and work in Culver City. We enjoy high quality services and programs that provide an exceptional quality of life. But since the 2008 recession, the City has lost $4.5 million in state funding, an additional $6 million in local revenues, plus $40 million annually through Sacramento's elimination of Redevelopment, threatening our successes.

We have taken unprecedented measures to deal with this crisis: reducing the City workforce by nearly 18% and reducing the operating budget deficit through a combination of departmental cuts, retirements, and health care concessions. In addition, all our labor unions agreed to pay their full share of pension costs and to cap health care expenses, reducing the City's costs for pensions and health benefits, now and into the future.

Yet, despite these steps, our reserves are being drained to pay for essential daily services, resulting in an annual general fund deficit of nearly $8 million. To close this gap, we need a balanced approach that continues to reduce expenditures and generates new revenues.

A 1/2 cent City sales tax (example: 5 cents on a $10 purchase) will enable Culver City to continue to provide its many essential services.

All tax funds from Measure Y will stay in Culver City and cannot be taken by the State. The 1/2 cent tax will end in 10 years and a Public Advisory Committee will ensure full accountability and transparency.

Measure Y enables us to avoid cutbacks in vital services such as 911 emergency and paramedic response, police and fire protection, programming for parks, recreation, and seniors, as well as fixing streets and potholes.

We urge a Yes vote on Measure Y - a vote for locally controlled funding - to maintain and protect the continued safety, security and services for Culver City residents.






(No arguments against Measure Y were submitted)

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