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City of Redondo Beach Utility User Tax, Measure A (March 2009)

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A City of Redondo Beach Utility Users Tax, Measure A ballot question was on the March 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of Redondo Beach in Los Angeles, California, where it was approved.[1]

Measure A authorized the city to extend its existing utility users tax (UUT) to include additional forms of telecommunications; the tax rate itself was not increased in Measure A. The UUT tax rate at the time of the vote on Measure A in March 2009 was 4.75%. Voter approval was required for any future increase in the rate or the scope of services subject to the UUT.

Redondo Beach has had a UUT since 1969.

Election results

Measure A
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 4,837 74.7%
No1,63525.3%
These final election results are from the Los Angeles County election office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE A: "An ordinance of the City Council of the City of Redondo Beach, California amending Chapter 9 of Title 8 of the Redondo Beach Municipal Code to modernize the utility users tax and to maintain the current tax rate."[2]

Criticism of ballot description

David Kline, the communications director for Cal-Tax, said that the language on the ballot describing Measure A was misleading. "In several local elections, voters are being asked to approve tax increases, but the ballot descriptions are written to hide the tax and instead focus on services that most people support, like education and police protection. Examples of this misdirection are not hard to find. In Los Angeles County, there are several measures on the March 3 ballot that would expand the existing telephone tax (officially dubbed the "utility users' tax on telecommunications") to cell phones, text messaging, Voice over Internet Protocol and other forms of communication that aren't currently taxed. These measures would increase taxes for anyone who uses a cell phone, but they aren't identified as tax increases on the ballot!...In similar situations in Gardena and Redondo Beach, ballot descriptions ask if voters want to "update" the tax. Redondo Beach even worked the city's talking points into the measure's official ballot title, calling it the 'Vital Services Utility Users Tax Update Measure.'"[3]

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