Santa Fe Springs Utility Users Tax, Measure S (November 2010)

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A Santa Fe Springs Utility Users Tax, Measure S ballot proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County. It was approved.

Measure S imposed a 5% utility users tax on natural gas, electricity and telecommunications.

A simple majority vote is required for approval.


Election results

Measure S
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 2,462 60.70%
No1,59439.30%
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?[1]

Opposition

The editorial board of the Pasadena Star News was opposed to Measure S.[2]

They said:

"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."[3]

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References

  1. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  2. Pasadena Star News, "A recap of endorsements," October 30, 2010
  3. Pasadena Star News, "Vote no on Measure S in Santa Fe Springs," October 27, 2010