City of Sierra Madre Utilities Tax Question, Measure UUT (April 2014)

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A City of Sierra Madre Utilities Tax Question, Measure UUT ballot question was on the April 8, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of Sierra Madre in Los Angeles County, California, where it was narrowly defeated.[1]

If approved, Measure UUT would have continued the city's ten percent utility user tax on all utilities except water and sewer. Measure UUT demanded a nine percent water and sewer tax until July 1, 2014, after which the rate would have dropped to seven percent. It was designed to shrink to six percent on July 1, 2015. Measure UUT would have also established automatic expiration for these taxes in 2022. Because Measure UUT was defeated, the utility tax was allowed to expire, resulting in a $1 million loss to the general fund of the city of Sierra Madre.[2]

Election results

Measure UUT
Defeatedd No1,37251.42%
Yes 1,296 48.58%
Election results from Sierra Madre elections office


Denise Delmar, who was elected to the city council in this April 8, 2014 election, stated that she was an opponent of Measure UUT. She said, “I honestly do think that we do need to really live within our budget, and we need to get it down to 8 or 6 percent. And I really do think it’s doable. We have our revenues coming up, and I don’t think we need to sacrifice public safety. I don’t think we have to do layoffs.”[1]

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot was:[2]

In order to maintain City services, such as Public Safety, Paramedic and Library Services, shall an Ordinance be adopted to:

1. Extend the City's current 10% Utility User Tax at a maximum of 10% for all utilities except water and sewer?

2. Establish new sunset dates starting July 1, 2022?

3. Extend the current 9% water and sewer tax until July 1, 2014, when it will reduce to 7% then to 6% on July 1, 2015?[3]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Pasadena Star News, "Sierra Madre Election results," April 8, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 League of Women Voters of California Education Fund, "Directory of Los Angeles County, CA Measures," accessed April 1, 2014
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.