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City of La Puente
Measure LP - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


5,962 votes yes (74.51%)

2,040 votes no (25.49%)

100% of precincts reporting (16/16).

To keep neighborhoods safe; improve 9-1-1 emergency response services; increase sheriff's deputies' patrols; expand after-school tutoring, mentoring, gang, and drug prevention programs; economic development; job training; senior services; water conservation; create jobs; fix potholes, local streets; increase graffiti/trash removal; provide other general fund services; shall the City of La Puente sales tax be increased by a half-cent (0.50%), generating about $1.5 million dollars annually, until ended by voters, requiring citizens oversight, all funds spent in La Puente?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

James M. Casso, City Attorney

“The City of La Puente Public Safety, Vital Services and Neighborhood Protection Measure,” (“Measure LP”) is an initiative measure placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of City voters.

Measure LP asks voters to approve an ordinance that imposes an additional one-half of one percent (0.5%) tax on each dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City of La Puente, and on the taxable storage, use or consumption in La Puente of goods purchased from a retailer. Legally, this is known as a “transactions and use tax,” or, as it is commonly called, a “sales tax.”

The 0.5% sales tax increase is in addition to the current sales tax and would be collected in the same manner as existing sales taxes. For La Puente, the current sales tax rate is 9%. If approved, Measure LP increases the tax rate in La Puente to 9.5%.

Because Measure LP does not limit the use of tax revenue, the tax is a “general tax”, not a “special tax” that would restrict the use of the 0.5% of the tax revenue to specific purposes. Therefore, the tax revenues are deposited into the City’s general fund, and may be used for general governmental purposes, including: public safety services; street and sidewalk repairs; park improvements; after school programs; senior services; graffiti removal; and other general municipal services. As a general tax, Measure LP would be approved if it receives a simple majority vote.

The proposed sales tax increase does not have a sunset date, and would stay in effect unless it is repealed by the voters.

The proposed sales tax increase is subject to an annual independent financial audit that reviews whether the tax is collected, managed and expended in accordance with the law.

A “YES” vote on this measure approves the sales tax ordinance, increasing the sales tax rate in La Puente to 9.5%.

A “NO” vote on this measure rejects the sales tax ordinance, and sales tax would remain the same.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

YES on Measure LP authorizes a half cent (0.50%) sales tax in La Puente that will generate $1.5 million annually to help fund public safety, improve our city, and provide quality programs and services to the community.

EMERGENCY SERVICES - The majority of 911 calls in La Puente are for heart attacks, strokes, and other medical emergencies. Measure LP will ensure that local firefighters and paramedics have the resources they need to quickly respond to emergencies and save lives.

PUBLIC SAFETY - Quick response times are also critical for stopping crime, protecting victims, and saving lives. Measure LP will help maintain L.A. County Sheriff’s deputy staffing levels and neighborhood patrols to keep our community safe.

PARKS & PROGRAMS - With resources that come from Measure LP, we can continue to invest in services for our Seniors, improvements to our parks, and afterschool programs that keep our children safe and away from gangs.

STREET REPAIR - Potholes and other outstanding street repairs make streets dangerous for drivers and pedestrians alike. Measure LP will generate more funds for fixing potholes, repaving streets, and traffic safety improvements.

JOBS - Investments in our public safety, programs, parks, local roads, and infrastructure made possible by Measure LP also help La Puente attract new businesses and visitors and create good-paying local jobs.

ACCOUNTABILITY - The money raised through Measure LP can ONLY be used in La Puente. The ordinance requires that funds remain local and includes strict accountability provisions to ensure every cent of our money is used effectively, efficiently, and as promised to voters.

A YES vote on Measure LP means you want to invest in the future of our community. At a cost of just a half a penny for every dollar spent in La Puente, you can help our city grow and thrive for years to come.


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Arguments AGAINST


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