FIVE SGV CITIES PLACE SALES TAX INCREASES ON THE MARCH 2020 BALLOT
IRWINDALE - Five San Gabriel Valley cities - Alhambra, Azusa, La Verne, San Gabriel and West Covina - have placed 0.75% sales tax increases on the March 2020 ballot. If voters approve the measures, these cities will reach the state maximum rate for sales tax at 10.25%. Cities raising their sales tax to pay for city services, facilities, pensions and other financial obligations has been a recent trend as voters in Covina, Pasadena, Pomona, Glendora, Arcadia, Monrovia, Irwindale, Sierra Madre, and South Pasadena have all approved sales tax increases in the past two years. Other cities in the region, like Duarte and Montebello, have considered similar measures. Claremont had a sales tax increase narrowly defeated just two weeks ago.
"Cities are asking their residents to approve sales tax increases because they have rising costs, but also to retain more tax dollars in the city rather than lose it to LA County or other regional agencies," said Partnership President and CEO Bill Manis, himself a former city manager. "Losing local dollars is a serious problem. With so many competing tax authorities, San Gabriel Valley cities and residents worry that they send their precious tax dollars into L.A. but only get pennies back to deal with major problems in their towns like homelessness. Raising the sales tax in the city allows them to retain more revenue for their own services and residents."
Pasadena Unified School District had discussed placing an $850 million school facilities bond on the March ballot but last night agreed to push it to November 2020. There are significant needs in the district to upgrade the technology available in classrooms and to properly maintain several school facilities. However, Board members felt that more time was necessary to properly inform the public about these needs and to evaluate the spending plan for this measure.
Bassett Unified School District, located in the central San Gabriel Valley along the 605 freeway between the 10 and 60, will place a $50 million facilities bond on the March 2020 ballot. If approved, the monies raised will be used for a variety of school facility improvements.
For more information about these measures, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy at (626) 856-3400 or firstname.lastname@example.org.