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In 2016, Long Beach voters recognized a pressing need to maintain and enhance public safety services and invest in City infrastructure. Thanks to the passage of Measure A, Fire Engine 8, Fire Engine 17, Paramedic Rescue 12, South Division, and Police Academy operations have been restored, enhancing public safety citywide. The City is also making a historic investment in revitalizing heavily utilized public spaces such as streets, libraries, community centers, and parks. Anticipated to raise $479 million for the City of Long Beach, over ten years, Measure A is collected as a one percent sales tax for the first six years, and then reduces to half a percent in the four years before it sunsets.

  • How Much Does Measure A Raise Per Year?

    The temporary 1% sales tax generates approximately $60 million per year for six years. When it drops to 0.5% in the remaining four years, it will generate approximately $32 million per year. The new tax will be paid by everyone, including the City’s 6.5 million visitors.

  • How Will Measure A Funds Be Spent?

    City Council has expressed its intent to prioritize spending of Measure A funds for the following purposes:

  • What Is Slurry Seal?

    Slurry seal is a road maintenance process meant to preserve and maintain a street in good condition before it experiences heavy cracking, potholes, or requires serious repair. Slurry seal is a preventative maintenance coat consisting of water, oil, and sand.
    +View the Residential Street Slurry FAQ Document.

  • Who Is Providing Oversight Of Measure A?

    Measure A established a five-member Citizens’ Advisory Committee to periodically review the City’s use of revenues generated by the tax and make recommendations to the City Council with regard to the use of the tax. The members of the Citizens’ Advisory Committee are appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by the City Council.

  • What Is Measure B?

    Measure B is a companion ballot initiative to Measure A. Approved by Long Beach voters on June 7, 2016, Measure B established a budget stabilization, or “rainy day” fund. The fund receives automatic deposits/transfers of one percent of any new general tax revenues generated each year, commencing with Fiscal Year 2017-2018. This includes new revenues from Measure A.

    Measure B funds may be used to pay for future City operations and services that might otherwise be reduced in scope, suspended or eliminated due to unanticipated shortfalls in general fund revenues, whether caused by economic recession or other financial hardship of the City.

  • Where Can I View The Ballot Measure and Accompanying Ordinances For Measure A?

    On February 23, 2016, City Council approved Resolution No. RES-16-0017 calling for the placement of a general tax measure (“Measure A”) and a measure establishing a “Rainy Day” fund (“Measure B”) on the ballot of the June 7, 2016 regular election. City Council also approved Resolution No. RES-16-0018 to express the intent of spending for the uses of Measure A funding.

    In April of 2016, City Council approved Resolution No. RES-16-0033 to establishing a Transactions and Use Tax Citizens’ Advisory Committee upon the passage of Measure A. 

    The full language of these resolutions and corresponding ordnances can be viewed, here.