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Crime Reduction and Street Resurfacing Measure
City of Citrus Heights
Modification of Utility Tax - 2/3 Approval Required
Fail: 12,726 / 44.10% Yes votes ...... 16,129 / 55.90% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 30 4:14pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (62/62)|
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Shall an ordinance be adopted to modify the City's existing Utility User Tax to treat taxpayers equally; and to temporarily increase the current rate by 1.75%, for 10 years, for the following restricted uses: additional police officers, programs to prevent youth crime/violence, police equipment and technology, and resurfacing city streets?
The City, when it incorporated in 1997, adopted Sacramento County's UUT ordinance; that ordinance has not been updated since that time. Measure K would update the definitions in the City's current UUT ordinance by including wireless communications, private communication service, paging and voice over internet, and other anticipated technologies within the scope of the services subject to the UUT. Thus, if Measure K passes, users of these and other new technologies would pay the same UUT paid by users of traditional landline telephones and other utility users.
Measure K does not propose any tax on internet access, such as DSL or cable modem. Measure K also does not tax internet services, such as purchases or downloads of music, books, or similar items.
Measure K defines how the City must use the increased revenue. Because Measure K is a special, not a general, tax and due to Measure K's terms, the increased UUT revenues from the 1.75% temporary tax can only be used as follows: 0.875% for street resurfacing; 0.547% for additional police officers, 0.218% for police equipment and technology, and 0.110 % for programs to prevent youth crime/violence. A special fund, the "Street Resurfacing and Crime Reduction Measure Fund," will be created and all proceeds from the special tax will be deposited into this fund. The City will have an annual report providing information on the amount of funds collected and expended, and the status of any projects authorized to be funded by the special tax.
Measure K will not become effective unless the Measure is approved by two-thirds of the people voting on the Measure. A "Yes" vote is a vote to approve updating the UUT and to approve a temporary 1.75% increase in the UUT for a period of ten years for the sole purpose of funding street resurfacing, additional police officers, police equipment and technology, and programs to prevent youth crime/violence. A "No" vote is a vote against the tax. Measure K would be approved if it receives a "Yes" vote from 2/3s of those voting on the Measure.
DATED: June 28, 2012
The Sacramento Bee
|Arguments For Measure K||Arguments Against Measure K|
|Keep Citrus Heights Safe + Vote YES on Measure K
The City's crime rate is at its lowest point since we formed our police department in 2006, but that's changing with the passage of the state's prison realignment bill. The release of prisoners into our community began October 2011. Supervision of this new category of offender becomes the responsibility of local jurisdictions. Statistics show 70% of these criminals will commit new crimes.
City residential streets need resurfacing. When we incorporated in 1997, most streets in Citrus Heights had never received maintenance. In the past seven years our annual revenues have fallen by $9.7 million due to the downturn in the economy and the State continuing to take away our revenue sources for City services.
For the first 15 years of incorporation Citrus Heights has consistently operated with a balanced budget. We need this temporary revenue in order to continue to maintain the safety of our community and to continue our efforts to rebuild the City's infrastructure.
A yes vote on Measure K is vital to stay ahead of the increase in crime we are now experiencing and to keep our streets safe. A yes vote on Measure K will result in a modest and temporary increase in the utility user tax of approximately $5 per month per residential household. A yes vote on Measure K will raise $2 million per year that will only be used for additional police officers, police equipment and technology, youth crime prevention programs, and street resurfacing. In 10 years, the increase will expire. At that time, in 2023, we will finally receive our property tax revenue which is currently diverted to Sacramento County.
Keep Citrus Heights Safe + Vote YES on Measure K
This year Citrus Heights received $1.3 million+gas tax+ for road maintenance and repairs, but spent less than 1/3 paving neighborhood streets. Instead, these road funds are used to pay some of the highest salaries and pensions in the region. Currently, the city's top staff is in line for $100,000-plus pension+paid for in part every time you use your cell phone.
Last year there was a $1 million general fund surplus. Half went for employee bonuses and none went for roads. The simple solution is for the City to use the $33 million in their savings account and use the gas tax revenue for what it was intended + paving roads.
Other jurisdictions are dealing with the state's prison realignment in innovative ways. For example, assigning each parolee to an officer to monitor. But it's easier for Citrus Heights to simply raise taxes when they really don't need to.
Vote "NO" on Measure K.
|Don't be deceived. Voting "yes" on this measure means a new tax on cell phones and other telecommunication services. And when the cost of utilities increases, so will your tax. Sewer rates will triple in the next few years, and so will the tax. Since PG&E, SMUD, Comcast, Surewest and ATT rates are likely to increase over 10 years, so will the tax.
This is not the time to be increasing taxes. People need more income, not more expenses. This new tax will discourage business growth + right where real job growth begins. Without job opportunities in the private sector, there is no attraction for people to move to Citrus Heights. Larger businesses will pass their costs on to you, increasing your tax contribution. However, small businesses rely on competitive rates and need incentives to locate in Citrus Heights, and a utility tax increase is not an incentive. Even worse, unless business owners live in Citrus Heights, they cannot even vote on this tax increase. This tax does not add any new police officers on the streets to fight crime+ just four new detectives (promoted from within), four new hires for backfill, and a new sergeant to run their nonprofit youth program.
This tax increase is a perfect example of bureaucratic thinking. Excess taxes collected in earlier years were not spent paving neighborhood streets. Instead, those dollars were stashed away and now there is $33 million surplus in the bank. Even worse, Citrus Heights' taxpayers currently contribute $1.3 million per year for roads, and most of it is siphoned off to pay some of the highest salaries and pensions in the region.
The city has $33 million in the savings bank. We paid those taxes already. How about using this money first?
Vote "No" on Measure K
s/Jerry Mayberry, Citrus Heights Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman
s/Tonya Wagner, President, REACH & Neighborhood Area 1
s/James Monteton, Planning Commissioner; President of Neighborhood Area 7 & 8
s/William H. Van Duker, Business Owner, Resident
s/Dale K. Covey, Businessperson, Resident