June 7, 2016
Ballot Measure N - Utility Users Tax
Look for Measure N at the bottom of PAGE 9 of your official ballot
Frequently Asked Questions
UUT – Where the Money Comes From
UUTs are currently levied by 154 cities and four counties throughout the State of California. The Glendale UUT was established in 1969, and recently brought back to voters in 2009 seeking their approval to reduce tax rates and clarify the applicability to the Communications Users Tax to the base. After the final ballots had been tallied, it was affirmed by an overwhelming majority of 66.6%.
It’s a tax placed on monthly residential and commercial energy bills:
- Water 7%
- Gas 7%
- Electric 7%
- Communications 6.5%
Overall, the UUT accounts for $28.25 million in General Fund Revenues, which constitutes 15.2% of the total budget. That’s the City of Glendale’s third largest revenue source, behind Sales and Property Tax.
Here’s a more specific UUT breakdown:
- Water, Gas, Electric – $17.5 million
- Communications – $10.75 million
- Total UUT Revenues: $28.25 million
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UUT – Where the Money Goes
Glendale places an emphasis on providing quality public safety services, and that is reflected by the fact our Police and Fire budgets constitute a significant 63% of our total General Fund. The majority of the UUT funding directly contributes to those departments in the form of paying for on-duty police, firemen, and paramedics, helping ensure Glendale residents enjoy the highest level of public safety.
UUT funding also helps subsidize libraries, community centers, and infrastructure repairs.
The recession reduced the City's General Fund Operating Budget by $29.5 million which required a reduction in the City's workforce by 25% and be one of the first California cities to implement pension control. All City departments had to accommodate for these reductions accordingly and while maintaining a high level of service moving forward.
UUT funding represents 15.2% of the General Fund and our third largest revenue source.
General Fund Overview
Resources vs. Appropriations
Without UUT funding, there would be a significant reduction of crucial public safety services and impact the City's ability to operate as a full-service city. As noted in the fiscal impact reports, elimination of the UUT will likely require the City to contract out Police and Fire services. Ramifications to Police and Fire include the following:
- The elimination of up to 53 full-time sworn police officer positions
- Closure of DNA Crime Lab and up to two Police Substations
- The elimination of 37 firefighter positions and reducing the amount of on-duty paramedics
- Closure of Traffic Bureau and dismissal of its personnel
- Fire station staffing reductions to three person engines and the elimination of the Station 26 engine company
- Eliminating anti-gang and anti-drug youth programs