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City of Lawndale
Measure L - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


4,408 votes yes (64.16%)

2,462 votes no (35.84%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

Shall the measure, the CITY OF LAWNDALE VITAL CITY SERVICES MEASURE, establishing a three-quarter cent sales tax, generating about $2,100,000 annually until ended by voters, be adopted to maintain vital city services, including: 9-1-1 response times, fighting gangs/drugs, ensuring safe drinking water, programs that attract businesses and create jobs, emergency communications systems, neighborhood police patrols/the number of sheriff deputies, addressing homelessness, requiring annual audits, citizen oversight, with all funds to be used locally?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The City Council has prepared and is submitting Measure L to the voters of the City of Lawndale to add a new Chapter 3.22 to the City’s Municipal Code, titled “Transactions and Use Tax.” If approved at the November 6, 2018, election, Measure L will impose a ¾ cent per dollar (0.75%) transactions and use tax (i.e., sales tax) for general fund purposes. Specifically, Measure L places a tax of 0.75% upon City retailers’ gross receipts from the retail sale of most tangible personal property sold within the City, and an excise tax upon the storage, use or other consumption of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer for storage, use or other consumption within the City at a rate of 0.75% of the sales price of the property, where “sales price” includes delivery charges subject to State sales or use tax, regardless of delivery destination.

It is estimated that revenues from this tax will generate approximately $2,100,000 annually for the purpose of funding general City services. Funds generated by the proposed tax are not restricted and may be used for any City general fund purposes, including, without limitation, maintaining:
– 9-1-1 response times
– Fighting gangs/drugs
– Ensuring safe drinking water
– Programs that attract businesses and create jobs
– Neighborhood police patrols
– Number of sheriff deputies

Measure L includes provisions for the establishment of an independent citizens’ oversight committee and annual financial audits.

As a sales tax, Measure L will apply to everyone who purchases retail goods within City limits. Food purchased as groceries and prescription medication will not be taxed under this measure. Visitors to Lawndale will bear part of the tax burden imposed by their local activities and thus contribute to the City’s ability to maintain general public services that they use while visiting. Residents and other purchasers of goods in the City will also be subject to the tax.
The tax would be administered by the California Board of Equalization under contract with the City of Lawndale.

A “YES” vote is a vote to approve a 0.75% retail transactions and use general tax. A “NO” vote is a vote against a 0.75% retail transactions and use general tax. The transactions and use tax in Measure L would take effect only if it receives a majority “YES” vote at the November 6, 2018, general municipal election. The tax, if approved by the voters, will take effect 10 days after the City Council declares voter approval. As a local, voter-approved measure, current law would protect the funds generated by Measure L from being taken by the State.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Safe neighborhoods, well-maintained streets and safe parks all lead to strong property values – Vote yes on L and keep Lawndale’s property values strong!

Over the last few years, Sacramento politicians have taken millions of OUR taxpayer dollars to solve their own problems. Enough is enough! Vote yes on L to keep OUR taxpayer dollars local, for OUR community’s services.

Measure L keeps our tax dollars local – ensuring that Lawndale can maintain our excellent public safety, 9-1-1 emergency responses, keep our drinking water safe and clean, and address OUR needs. Vote yes on L!

Fast 911 response times are critical for stopping crime, protecting victims, and saving lives. Protect our neighborhood patrols, keep deputies on the street, and protect fast emergency response times for all neighborhoods in our City! Vote yes on L!

Yes on L keeps Lawndale safe! Money from Measure L helps keep gangs and drugs from coming into Lawndale!

Yes on L protects the vital services that we all rely on! Yes on L protects our safe drinking water supplies and programs that attract businesses and create good-paying jobs.

Yes on L keeps Lawndale both safe and clean––by removing graffiti and vandalism, fixing potholes, repairing neighborhood streets, and keeping our parks and open-spaces clean, trash-free and safe. Vote yes on L!

Measure L does NOT tax your home or property, food purchased as groceries or prescription medicine. Yes on L ensures that all visitors pay their fair share when they do business in our City.

Measure L includes independent citizen’s oversight, independent audits, and yearly reports back to the community. By law, all funds must stay in Lawndale for OUR services – Sacramento can’t touch a dime.

Join Lawndale’s homeowners, taxpayers, community leaders and public safety officials in voting yes on L.

In support,

Mayor of Lawndale

Retired Sheriff Commander

Soccer/Youth Advocate

Arguments AGAINST


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