Santa Fe Springs Utility Users Tax, Measure S (November 2010)
|Voting on Taxes|
|Not on ballot|
Measure S imposed a 5% utility users tax on natural gas, electricity and telecommunications.
A simple majority vote is required for approval.
- These final, certified results are from the Smartvoter.org, California, Los Angeles County elections information.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure S: To maintain funding for City services including police officers, firefighters, paramedics, senior programs, youth/gang, drug, and crime prevention programs, street repairs, parks, ball fields, afterschool library programs, community centers and other City services, shall an ordinance be adopted to establish a 5% utility users tax, exempting low income seniors/residents, with annual audits, no tax increase without voter approval and no funds for Sacramento?|
The editorial board of the Pasadena Star News was opposed to Measure S.
- "While the city's 18,000 residents will pay about a $100-$200 more per year in utility bills, the city's 3,500 businesses will pay much, much more. Some businesses will be on the hook for the maximum capped amount of $40,000 the first year, $60,000 the next year and easily more than $100,000 in subsequent years. And it gets worse: Residents get to vote on the new tax on, businesses do not.
- Those are just some of the troubling aspects of Measure S on Tuesday's ballot. Aside from the fairness issue, we are most concerned about a tax that will have a direct impact on local businesses."