City Council decides against placing a sales tax measure on the March 2017 Ballot
During their Strategic Planning Session in January of this year, the City Council determined that addressing the ongoing budget shortfall and infrastructure funding needs would be their highest priority in the coming years. As such, staff was directed to bring back information needed to understand the issues associated with placing a revenue measure on the March 2017 ballot. Since that time, staff and the City Council have taken a number of steps with that goal in mind. On November 21, 2016, the Council considered an item on the agenda that, if approved, would have placed a ballot measure asking voters if an additional ¼ percent sales tax should be collected in La Verne. If approved, the additional sales tax revenue would have generated an estimated $1M annually to address the City’s needs.
However, the City Council opted to take no action at this time for several reasons. Voters approved two countywide measures on the November ballot that will generate approximately $500-$600k in annual funding for the City of La Verne to address infrastructure and park improvement needs in the city. Proposition M is a ½ cent sales tax measure that will fund the Gold Line extension through La Verne and provide local funding for our streets. Proposition A is a countywide property tax that will provide local funding for our parks. The City Council agreed that it was unfair to ask the residents to contribute more at this time and opted to postpone any action to see if the remaining budget gap can be achieved without asking the voters for more funding. The City Council is hopeful that the Gold Line will fuel economic development in that area of town which will in turn increase revenue to the City of La Verne. The residents of La Verne are very generous and willing to support the quality of life in La Verne and the City Council and staff are grateful for their support.
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Assistant to the City Manager
City of La Verne