MEASURE A FAQ
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, 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 $384 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.
The temporary 1% sales tax generates approximately $48 million per year for six years. When it drops to 0.5% in the remaining four years, it generates approximately $24 million per year. The new tax will be paid by everyone, including the City’s 6.5 million visitors.
City Council has expressed its intent to prioritize spending of Measure A funds for the following purposes:
- Public Safety, including the costs of providing Public Safety services, consisting of: police patrol, response, investigation, apprehension and law enforcement, emergency 9-1-1 response, fire prevention and suppression services, paramedic services, and ambulance services.
- Public Infrastructure, including the costs of improving and maintaining streets, sidewalks and alleys, improving and upgrading the City's water system for conservation, and improving and upgrading storm water/storm drain systems.
In addition, there are expenses related to administration and tracking of the tax that includes support to the Citizens Advisory Committee. Further, 1% of the tax will be deposited into a new Rainy Day fund to help balance future General Fund shortfalls pursuant to Measure B.
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.
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.
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. The full language of both measures are contained in the resolution.
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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.
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