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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of Fairfield
Measure P Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

25,128 votes yes (68.99%)

11,293 votes no (31.01%)

100% of precincts reporting (56/56).

To renew expiring funding without increasing tax rates, shall the Ordinance be adopted extending the existing 1% sales tax for fifteen years to preserve approximately $16 million in local annual funding for the City of Fairfield that the state cannot take away to support neighborhood police patrols, firefighting and rapid 9-1-1 emergency response, crime prevention programs, fixing potholes and repairing neighborhood streets, parks and recreation, and other general services, with mandatory audits and independent oversight?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on Measure P authorizes the City to continue to collect the existing sales tax rate of 1.0% until March 31, 2033.

NO vote means

A “no” vote will result in the tax expiring on March 31, 2018.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Gregory W. Stepanicich, City Attorney, City of Fairfield

Ballot Measure P asks the voters of the City of Fairfield to adopt an ordinance (the “sales tax ordinance”) that would extend for fifteen years the City’s existing sales tax rate of 1.0%, which is part of the total 8.625% sales tax rate imposed in the City. The City’s authority to collect the existing sales tax rate of 1.0% will expire March 31, 2018.

If Measure P is approved, the City’s authority to collect the existing sales tax rate of 1.0% will continue until March 31, 2033. The City’s sales tax rate of 1.0% is a general tax. These tax revenues are deposited in the City’s general fund and may be used for any municipal purpose. It is estimated by the City’s Finance Director that the City’s sales tax rate of 1.0% raises approximately $16 million per year in general fund revenues for the City.

The tax is subject to an independent annual financial audit that reviews whether the tax is collected, managed and expended in accordance with the requirements of the sales tax ordinance. In addition, the expenditure of the City’s sales tax revenues is subject to review by an independent Fairfield Taxpayer’s Committee established by the City Council. A full copy of the text of the sales tax ordinance is printed in these ballot materials.

Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, commonly known as Proposition 218, requires that the proposed extension of the City’s sales tax rate of 1.0% must be approved by a majority of the voters voting on the measure. A “yes” vote on Measure P authorizes the City to continue to collect the existing sales tax rate of 1.0% until March 31, 2033. A “no” vote will result in the tax expiring on March 31, 2018.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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