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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Improvement of Safety/Essential City ServicesOrdinance

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Indio
Measure X Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

16,578 votes yes (73.32%)

6,031 votes no (26.68%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (20/20).
  • 22,609 ballots counted.

To maintain rapid 9-1-1 emergency response times; police gang/drug enforcement programs; increase police patrols of neighborhoods/parks/schools; improve water quality/delivery by upgrading pipes/infrastructure; fix potholes; and other city services, shall Indio adopt an ordinance to enact a one cent sales tax, for 20 years, providing $8,500,000 annually, with citizens' oversight, annual audits, all money for Indio, prohibiting state government from taking funds raised?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

If enacted by the voters, Measure X, the City of Indio Neighborhood Safety/Essential City Services Improvement Measure, would approve the Indio Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance (commonly known as the “Sales Tax Ordinance”) that would increase the City’s existing sales tax rate by 1.0% 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 Indio is 8%. If Measure X is approved by the voters, the total sales tax rate in the City will increase to 9%.

The proposed tax is a general tax meaning that revenues from this tax will be deposited into the City’s General Fund and used to pay for general municipal City services, operations and programs such as but not limited to police services, street repair, infrastructure upgrades and other city services. All revenues raised by the tax would belong to the City and would not be shared with the State or any other governmental entity. The City’s Finance Director estimates that the proposed tax will raise approximately $8.5 million per year in General Fund revenue for the City. If the Sales Tax Ordinance is adopted by the voters, it will automatically expire after twenty years on March 31, 2037.

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 Sales Tax Ordinance further provides that the tax and any expenditures of revenue collected from the tax is subject to an annual independent financial audit, which is a public record. In addition, the financial audit shall annually be independently reviewed and analyzed by the City’s Citizen’s Finance Advisory Commission at a public meeting. The financial audit along with the Commission’s analysis, findings and recommendations are to be further reported to the City Council at a public meeting.

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. 

On August 3, 2016, the City Council unanimously approved the Sales Tax Ordinance, attached to Resolution No. 9883, and authorized its placement on the ballot. A full copy of the ordinance is printed in these ballot materials.

A “Yes” vote on Measure X adopts the 1% Sales Tax Ordinance for a period of twenty years.

A “No” vote will result in the 1% Sales Tax Ordinance not being adopted.

By:    Roxanne Diaz, City Attorney

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure X. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at (760) 391-4007 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

— Indio City Attorney

Arguments FOR

EXcellent Public Safety— Vote Yes on X!

 

YES ON X REQUIRES OUT-OF-TOWNERS TO PAY THEIR FAIR SHARE

YES on X requires the thousands of out-of-towners who visit Indio annually for events like the Coachella Festival to pay their fair share for their use of our police, fire, road maintenance and other services!
YES on X is NOT applied to food purchased as groceries and prescription medication.

 

YES ON X MAINTAINS INDIO’S PUBLIC SAFETY SERVICES

YES ON X maintains rapid 911 emergency response times.
YES ON X continues police gang and drug enforcement programs.
YES ON X increases police patrols of neighborhoods, parks and local schools.

 

YES ON X MAINTAINS QUALITY ROADS

Indio needs an additional $6,000,000 annually to maintain our 172

miles of streets. We need YES ON X to make this investment now!

Delaying these repairs will only make them more expensive.

YES ON X upgrades the quality of Indio’s local roads.

YES ON X improves traffic and pedestrian safety.

YES ON X reduces wear and tear on our cars.

 

YES ON X MAINTAINS INDIO’S QUALITY OF LIFE

YES ON X maintains an adequate emergency reserve so the city can

respond effectively to a major crisis like an earthquake.

YES ON X maintains senior services.

YES ON X invests in local infrastructure to improve drinking water quality.

 

YES ON X IS FISCALLY ACCOUNTABLE

YES ON X makes the City of Indio eligible for state/federal matching grant funds.

YES ON X includes strict accountability provisions:

• Annual independent audits.

• Independent citizens’ oversight.

ALL money must be used for Indio.

PROHIBITS state government from taking any of the funds raised.

 

Join local firefighters, police officers, teachers and community members in voting YES ON X!

For factual information: www.indio.org

 

By:       Chris Shannon, Member Indio Police Officers Association

Brent Wright, local firefighter

Joanne Gilbert, Youth Advocate

Rasim Hallum, Local Business Owner

John T. Bingham, Chairman Citizen’s Finance Advisory Commission

 

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE “X”

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