The Glendale Quality of Life & Essential Services Measure, or Measure S, if approved by voters on November 6, 2018 will generate approximately $30 million each year in dedicated, local, City-administered funds.
The revenue from Measure S would be used to preserve and enhance our neighborhoods, including repairing and upgrading local streets, providing affordable housing, maintaining local parks and community centers, maintaining police and fire station staffing, public safety, sustainability efforts and other essential services. These are the services we all rely on each day.
If approved, Measure S amounts to less than one penny on every $1 spent and seven-and-a-half pennies on every $10 spent.
MEASURE S VIDEOS
ENSURES LOCAL CONTROL & OVERSIGHT
The current sales tax in Glendale is 9.5%, of which only 1% is under local control. The remainder goes to the state and County. This year, Glendale is expected to send $90 million to the County in special sales taxes, but only receive $15 million in return. This measure will ensure that any new funding generated will be used locally and will not be able to be taken by the County, regional agencies or special districts in the future. Unlike a possible County or regional agency tax, 100% of this $30 million stays in Glendale.
Measure S includes strict accountability and public oversight to verify that the funds are spent efficiently, effectively and as promised.
WHAT HAS BEEN DONE TO CUT COSTS SO FAR?
Glendale has taken a fiscally responsible approach to overcoming hurdles in recent years. The City reduced its workforce by 337 employees, including 40 firefighter and police officer positions in the five years after the Great Recession. Additionally, the City Council made several difficult decisions regarding the City’s valued quality of life programs – limited library and community center hours, reduction in parks maintenance, and the elimination of swim programs and special events, among others.
Even with these steps, beginning in fiscal year 2019-20 Glendale’s General Fund will face a budget deficit that is expected to expand to more than $6 million per year by 2023. Additionally, there is $1.2 billion in identified street and other infrastructure maintenance needs.
OTHER COMMUNITIES ARE PUTTING SIMILAR MEASURES ON THE BALLOT THIS FALL
Both the City of Burbank and the City of Pasadena have placed ballot measures of a 3/4% local sales tax increase before their respective voters for the November 2018 election.
We’re engaging Glendale in an ongoing conversation about this measure to help educate the public and ensure our community can make informed decisions. We hope you’ll be part of those discussions about how we can utilize our tax dollars and protect funding for improved streets, sidewalks, affordable housing, public safety and other essential services.