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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

911, Public Safety and Vital City Services

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Temecula
Measure S - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

19,711 votes yes (51%)

18,935 votes no (49%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (32/32).
  • 38,646 ballots counted.

To maintain 9-1-1 emergency response times, prevent cuts to local paramedic/police/fire protection, school safety patrols, youth/after-school, senior, disabled services; improve freeway interchanges/reduce traffic; other general services; shall Ordinance 2016-06 of the City of Temecula be adopted establishing a one-cent sales tax providing $23,000,000 dollars annually, until ended by voters; requiring independent audits, no money for the State, all funds remaining local?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

If enacted by the voters, Measure S, the Temecula 911 Emergency Response, Public Safety and Vital City Services Measure, would approve Ordinance No. 2016-06, Temecula Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance (the “Sales Tax Ordinance”) that would increase the City’s existing sales tax rate by 1% or one cent for every dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City, and on the taxable storage, use or consumption in the City of goods purchased. The total sales tax rate currently paid in the City of Temecula, which also includes the sales tax rate collected for the State of California and other public agencies is 8%. If the Measure is approved by the voters, the total sales tax rate in the City will  increase to 9% subject to any changes in state law.

The proposed tax is a general tax. The tax revenues from this tax will be deposited in the City’s general fund and may be used for any municipal purpose for the City of Temecula. It is estimated by the City’s Director of Finance that this proposed tax will raise approximately $23 million per year in general fund revenue for the City until ended by the voters. The proposed ballot measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Temecula.

The Sales Tax Ordinance provides that the tax will be collected by the State under State law in the same manner as the existing sales tax.  The Ordinance further provides that each year the City’s independent auditors shall complete a  Temecula Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance Compliance and Internal Control Audit Report that shall review whether the tax revenues collected pursuant to the Ordinance are collected, managed and expended in accordance with the requirements of the Sales Tax Ordinance adopted by the voters.

Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, commonly known as Proposition 218, requires that the proposed tax be approved by a majority of the voters voting on the ballot measure. A “yes” vote on Measure S adopts the 1% Sales Tax Ordinance. A “no” vote will result in the 1% Sales Tax Ordinance not being adopted

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure S as required by Elections Code Section 9280. If you desire a copy of the Sales Tax Ordinance, please call the City Clerk at (951) 694-6444 and a copy will be sent to you at no cost to you.

By:    Peter M. Thorson, City Attorney

— Temecula City Attorney

Arguments FOR

Vote YES ON S – Maintain Temecula’s public safety and quality of life services!

 

We all live in Temecula because it offers a great quality of life. But did you know Sacramento politicians have taken $31,000,000 from Temecula over the past five years? With over 80% of calls to our fire department for medical emergencies and the State releasing parolees into our region, we must maintain our police/fire services and stop the Sacramento money grab. Vote YES ON S to keep our taxpayer dollars LOCAL!

 

YES ON S keeps our neighborhoods safe and restores Temecula police staffing to recommended levels.

 

YES ON S keeps our fire stations open and maintains emergency response services so firefighters and paramedics can continue to quickly respond and save lives.

 

YES ON S maintains the quality of life services that make Temecula a desirable place to live, work, and do business:

• Maintains 911 emergency and police response times

• Prevents cuts to paramedic services, local police and fire

protection – the City’s top priority

• Maintains school safety patrols

• Prevents cuts to services for the disabled and seniors

Here’s what Measure S WON’T do:

Measure S is NOT a tax on your home or property.

Measure S is NOT applied to food purchased as groceries or prescription medication.

 

Again -- by law, YES ON S requires every dime be used for our local services—none can be taken by Sacramento politicians for their own agenda. YES ON S gives you—the Temecula taxpayer – LOCAL CONTROL.


YES ON S includes tough fiscal accountability, with independent financial audits and public oversight—ensuring funds are spent responsibly.

 

Join a unanimous City Council, local businesses, firefighters and police officers in voting YES ON S.

 

For factual information, visit:      www.cityoftemecula.org

Campaign: www.votetemecula.org

 

By:       Alice Sullivan, Temecula Valley Chamber of Commerce President

Howard Windsor, Retired Temecula Fire Chief

Jim Domenoe, Retired Temecula Police Chief

Diana Serrano, Temecula Citizen Corps Leader
            Peg Moore, Temecula City Founder

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Temecula does not have a revenue shortfall; it has a spending problem. Voters are being asked to tax themselves and visitors an additional one-percent sales tax to finance a deficit of fiscal responsibility in city leadership.

Temecula has a wealth of revenue streams producing a tax base most cities envy. We have a regional mall, upscale auto dealerships, numerous restaurants and a thriving tourism industry.

City leadership has blundered the budget. Should voters reward Temecula’s fiscal irresponsibility? No!

Rather than observing fiscal prudence to ensure essential public services, Temecula politicians embarked on amenity projects that are costly to maintain. There has been no adequate examination of structural spending habits. Instead, a consultant was hired to peddle a tax hike.

The spendthrift city council is shamelessly selling this tax hike in a smokescreen of fear, citing Public Safety needs – even as statistics show Temecula to be one of the safest cities in the country.

Rather than wisely budgeting funds to address future public safety needs, the city council instead built a cavernous $70-million Taj Mahal civic center – an embarrassing and glaring example of “big government.”

Council luxury projects include an unbudgeted $1.3-million special needs play structure with a water feature. Meanwhile, the rehabilitation of the neighboring YMCA building and pool the City inherited has been defunded. That facility would have served many needs, including special needs.

City leaders gave a multiyear, multimillion-dollar tax break to Medline, a corporation with $7 billion in annual revenue. Voters are now expected to subsidize this corporate welfare.

If revenue is needed for public safety, the City can establish a paramedic fee rather than sticking residents and businesses with a perpetual 1% sales tax increase.

Demand accountability. Vote No! Deny this city council a $23-million annual slush fund.

By:      Paul Jacobs

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

Vote NO on $ – Measure S is a political money grab, pure and simple.

A unanimous City Council placed this tax measure on the ballot yet not one member signed the ballot argument in favor of this extra $23 million every year in unallocated revenue.

“Local Control” means residents get tricked into voting for a slush fund of $23 million per year that politicians decide how to spend.

Two of the retirees in favor of Measure S receive executive public pensions.

A tax increase has NEVER cured government of overspending – nor stopped corporate welfare.

Besides the multimillion-dollar tax giveaway to Medline Industries, another $1.5 million in the City’s 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Budget is already budgeted for reimbursement of developer fees.

A tax dedicated for public safety would require a 2/3 vote.

The Fact is that NOT ONE DIME is dedicated to public safety with Measure S yet future revenue is already earmarked to be returned to developers.

Measure S is an overreach. Other fiscal remedies such as an independent audit of expenditures have not been explored.

IF Public Safety is the priority, Temecula could adopt a user-based paramedic fee program as is in place in Murrieta and Menifee.

Measure S has consequences, potentially driving new business, existing customers and employment opportunities to other communities.

Measure S is a regressive tax unfairly hurting working families and fixed-income retirees.

STOP the grandiose spending schemes!

MAKE local government accountable.

VOTE NO! ON Measure $.

By:     Paul Jacobs, Former Public/Traffic Safety Commissioner
          Angel Garcia, Small Business Owner

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure S was placed on the ballot so you – Temecula’s residents –  can decide if maintaining our high quality life, public safety, and vital services is a priority.

Temecula is one of the safest communities in the United States – Measure S will keep it this way.

Don’t be misled. Consider the facts:

FACT: Temecula is fiscally responsible /accountable, including balanced budgets and cutting costs. Measure S was placed on the ballot after over a year of community engagement, including community meetings and feedback from literally thousands of residents about their priorities for maintaining vital services that make Temecula a desirable place to live, work and do business.

FACT: Increasingly, the State has shifted responsibility for programs to cities like Temecula, while at the same time raiding City funding to balance the state budget. Sacramento has taken $31,000,000 from the City’s budget and will continue to do so. Measure S provides local control for local needs. NO money from Measure S can be taken by the State.

FACT: The City has cut costs, including reducing staff / leaving positions vacant. Temecula is already nine police officers shortMeasure S will maintain 911 emergency and police response times and prevent cuts to paramedic services and local police and fire protection

Measure S maintains vital services, our quality of life, and ensures local control — without being at the mercy of the State. Vote YES on S to keep Temecula safe and maintain the quality of life we deserve.

For more factual Measure S information: www.cityoftemecula.org.

By:      Robert Hagel, Public Safety Commissioner
           Mark Anselmo, Special Needs and Disabled Advocate
           Rebecca Weersing, Youth Advocate and Taxpayer
           Robert Rosenstein, Local Small Business Owner
           Thomas Edwards, 25-year Resident and Taxpayer

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters
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