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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City of La Habra Heights
Measure G - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

844 votes yes (83.32%)

169 votes no (16.68%)

100% of precincts reporting (3/3).

Shall an ordinance be adopted to renew the City's authority to spend existing revenues from the special fire tax approved by two-thirds of the City's voters in 1997 to provide essential fire and life safety services by renewing the voter-approved amendment to the City's appropriations limits?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

La Habra Heights City Attorney

If passed, Ordinance No. 2017-05 would not impose any new tax or increase any existing tax. Rather, Ordinance No. 2017-05 would renew an amendment to the City of La Habra Heights’s expenditure limit to allow the City to continue to spend the proceeds of the City’s existing, voter-approved Special Fire Tax to provide fire safety and emergency medical services in the City.

Background. Prior to 1997, the City of La Habra Heights funded its Fire Department with a Fire Fee collected via the property tax roll. The adoption of Proposition 218 in 1996 required that the City’s Fire Fee be replaced with a voter-approved Special Fire Tax. In a special election held July 15, 1997, 82% of the City’s voters approved replacing the Fire Fee with the current Special Fire Tax.

In 1980, the voters of California adopted Proposition 4, the so-called “Gann Initiative,” which places a ceiling on the amount a local government can spend from “the proceeds of taxation” without voter approval. This limit, known as “the Gann Limit,” was initially based on 1978 tax expenditures and adjusted annually thereafter for inflation and population growth.

The old Fire Fee was not required to be included in the City’s calculation of expenditures subject to the Gann Limit. However, when the Fire Fee was replaced with the Special Fire Tax in 1997, the City was then required to include the tax proceeds in its calculation of expenditures subject to the Gann Limit.

Without voter approval, this change would have brought the City’s expenditures over its Gann Limit. Therefore, in 1997, and again in 2001, 2005, 2009, and 2013, the City’s voters approved an increase in the City’s Gann Limit to allow the City to spend the proceeds of the Special Fire Tax to provide fire safety and emergency medical services in the City.

Pursuant to Proposition 4, an amendment to the City’s Gann Limit must be resubmitted to the City’s voters every four years. Accordingly, the City Council placed Measure G on the ballot to allow the City’s voters to adopt Ordinance No. 2017-05 to extend the Gann Limit amendment for another four years.

Effect of Ordinance No. 2017-05. If adopted by a majority of the voters, Ordinance No. 2017-05 would renew the amendment of the City’s Gann Limit and allow the City to spend the proceeds of the City’s existing, voter-approved Special Fire Tax to provide fire safety and emergency medical services in the City. If Measure G is not approved, the Special Fire Tax and property owners’ obligations to pay that tax would remain in place, but the City would be unable to spend all of the revenues collected.

Ordinance No. 2017-05 expires by its own terms on November 7, 2021 unless the City’s voters vote to extend it.

JOHN BROWN
City Attorney

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure G. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the City Clerk’s office at (562) 694-6302 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

LA HABRA HEIGHTS GANN LIMIT OVERRIDE

Join a unanimous La Habra Heights City Council in voting YES on Measure G.

Because of a state mandated ceiling on city expenditures, this ballot measure to increase the City’s Gann Limit comes before the voters every four years for approval. The voters have approved this measure each time it has been placed on the ballot. It must pass once again or city services, which directly impact the quality of life throughout our city, could be cut.

Put simply:

– Measure G does not raise taxes

– Measure G does not create new taxes

– Measure G does not cost you one cent

– Measure G enables the City to spend 100% of tax proceeds

When the La Habra Heights Fire Tax was adopted in 1997, voters needed to raise the City’s Gann Limit by the proceeds of the tax and have reaffirmed this every four years since. Measure G simply increases the Gann Limit for another four years.

Voter renewal of the Gann Limit override has allowed us to have our own Fire Department and to provide outstanding service at a fraction of the cost borne by other cities.

Please retain these life-safety services at current levels by voting YES on Measure G.

JANE L. WILLIAMS
Mayor

ROY FRANCIS
Mayor Pro Tem

BRIAN BERGMAN
Council Member

MICHAEL HIGGINS
Council Member

KYLE MILLER
Council Member

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

— Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk
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