City of Vernon Utility Users Tax, Measure A (September 2012)
Measure A, if it had been approved, would have levied a 9.8% utility users tax on property owners in the city.
In the wake of the defeat, Vernon City Administrator said, "I am disappointed we did not succeed in convincing our voters of our city’s urgent need to raise general fund revenues to support public safety and other critically important city services. We must now consider alternative strategies to reduce our city’s sizable budget deficit."
Susie Ybarra, the wife of a Vernon City Council member, voted against Measure A and told a local reporter, "Until council members take decreases to their salary and benefits, I will not support new taxes."
Path to the ballot
Measure A was placed on the ballot by the Vernon City Council.