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November 8, 2016 — California General Election

Transactions and Use Tax

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Menifee
Measure DD - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

22,104 votes yes (68.26%)

10,279 votes no (31.74%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (56/56).
  • 32,383 ballots counted.

Shall Ordinance 2016-199 of the City of Menifee to reduce traffic congestion; improve/repair local interchanges/overpasses/streets/roads/bridges/potholes; maintain local police/fire protection/paramedics/9-1-1 emergency response times; prevent cuts to senior/disabled/youth programs; and provide other general services by enacting a 1¢ sales tax providing $6.2 million annually until ended by voters; requiring annual independent audits, all funds spent locally, be adopted?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City of Menifee
Menifee Public Safety/Traffic Congestion Relief/Vital City Services
Measure

The City Council of the City of Menifee has placed before the voters the question whether to approve an ordinance enacting a transactions and use tax within the City of Menifee. The tax rate would be one percent (1.00%) of the retail sales price, or one cent for an item that costs one dollar. The tax would remain in effect until ended by the voters. A full copy of the ordinance text is printed in these ballot materials.

Currently, the tax on retail sales in Menifee is 8.00% of the purchase price. The City receives one percent (1.00%.) The remainder goes to the State (6.50%) and the Riverside County Transportation Commission (0.50%).

Technically, the existing “sales tax” is a combination of “sales and use tax” and “transactions and use tax.” Both are levied on the sale or use of tangible personal property sold at retail, with certain limited exceptions. Retailers collect the tax at the time of sale and remit the funds to the State Board of Equalization, which administers the tax.

This measure would authorize a one percent (1.00%) transactions and use tax, which would increase the total sales tax rate to nine percent (9.00%). Of that total amount, two percent (2.00%) would be deposited in the City’s general fund and be available to support the full range of municipal services. Because this measure does not legally restrict the use of tax revenue to any specific purposes, it is classified as a “general tax,” not a “special tax.” The tax proceeds may be used for any valid municipal government purpose, including reducing traffic congestion; improving and repairing local interchanges, overpasses, streets, roads, bridges, and potholes; maintaining local police, fire protection, paramedic services, and 9-1-1 emergency medical response times; preventing cuts to senior, disabled, and youth programs; and providing other general services.

This measure requires the City’s independent auditors to, no later than December 31 of each year, prepare an audit report which shall review whether the tax revenues are collected, managed, and expended in accordance with the ordinance adopted by this measure.

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the tax. A “No” vote is a vote against the tax. This measure will be approved if it receives a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

Dated: August 18, 2016

By: Jeffrey Melching, City Attorney

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure DD. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official’s office at (951) 672-6777 and a copy will be mailed, emailed, or otherwise provided at no cost to you.

— City Attorney for City of Menifee

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on DD — Protect Menifee’s public safety and vital community services from Sacramento money grabs!

Sacramento politicians have taken $21,000,000 from Menifee over the

past five years. Stop the money grab -- YES on DD keeps OUR taxpayer dollars LOCAL, to address our needs!

We live in Menifee because it offers a great quality of life. YES on DD maintains services we expect and deserve — requiring every dime be used for our benefit. NONE of Measure DD funding can be taken by Sacramento politicians.

YES on DD keeps funds local
YES on DD maintains 911 emergency response
YES on DD maintains local streets/roads and repairs local interchanges/overpasses
YES on DD improves traffic flow
YES on DD maintains local police, fire and paramedic services

Here’s what Measure DD won’t do:
Measure DD is NOT a tax on your home or property.
Measure DD is NOT applied to food purchased as groceries or prescription medications.

With crime from surrounding communities increasing, we must maintain police protection and the number of officers on our streets. YES on DD will keep Menifee safe by restoring the number of police officers we need to be full force.

YES on DD also addresses our street infrastructure and traffic flow. If you’re tired of spending hours stuck in traffic, vote YES on DD to expand interchanges and build overpasses to reduce traffic congestion, and make our streets/roads safer for drivers and pedestrians alike.

YES on DD keeps Menifee a desirable place to live, work, and visit by ensuring our public safety, roads, parks and other vital services are maintained.

YES on DD includes tough fiscal accountability, with independent financial audits and public review—ensuring funds are spent responsibly.

Join a unanimous City Council and Menifee residents in voting YES on DD.

Factual information: www.cityofmenifee.us

By: Scott A. Mann, Mayor, City of Menifee
      Greg August, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Menifee, District 1
      Matthew Liesemeyer, Councilmember, City of Menifee, District 2
      Lesa Sobek, Councilmember, City of Menifee, District 3
      John V. Denver, Councilmember, City of Menifee, District 4

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT FILED AGAINST MEASURE “DD”

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters
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