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City of Compton
Measure P Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

6,833 votes yes (50.84%)

6,608 votes no (49.16%)

100% of precincts reporting (44/44).

To repair local streets/sidewalks; retain/hire firefighters/paramedics; increase sheriff's staffing to improve response times; expand gang/drug prevention, economic development and youth job training programs; improve parks; and provide other general fund services in Compton, shall an ordinance be adopted to increase the sales tax by one percent on an ongoing basis to raise approximately $7 million in local annual funding, requiring citizens' oversight?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

Should Proposition P be approved, it would continue funding $54 million a year through an annual $23 per parcel special tax for 30 years. All funds must remain local within LA County and can only be used for parks, recreation, and open space projects.

NO vote means

The Safe Neighborhood Parks Tax Measure of 1992, which generates about $54 million a year for neighborhood and regional parks and recreation is about to expire. A No Vote on Proposition P would allow it to expire.

Summary

http://parks.lacounty.gov/wps/portal/

LA County voters approved the Safe Neighborhood Parks Tax Measure in 1992, which generates about $54 million a year for neighborhood and regional parks and recreation. The previous parks tax measure is about to expire—Proposition P would impose a new $23 parcel tax to maintain park funding.

Should Proposition P be approved, it would continue funding $54 million a year through an annual $23 per parcel special tax for 30 years. All funds must remain local within LA County and can only be used for parks, recreation, and open space projects.

How Funds from Proposition P Would Be Spent

Proposition P allocates funds across the County, including projects that affect water quality; rivers, creeks, lakes and beaches; projects that relate to water supply sources; projects in park-poor areas; and projects that employ local youth (Proposition A employed over 25,000 youths).

Parks in Disadvantaged Communities –10% of all funds are dedicated specifically for projects that increase parks, open space and recreational opportunities in underserved communities that have fewer parks and playgrounds.

Neighborhood Parks – 20% of all funds will go directly to cities and unincorporated communities for local neighborhood parks and arts projects to repair and upgrade fields, gymnasiums and playgrounds; repair and upgrade restrooms; upgrade security lighting; install water-efficient irrigation; and increase accessibility.

Clean Beaches, Clean Water – 15% of funds will go toward County beach, park and clean water projects.

Regional Open Space – 30% of funds will be used to develop and maintain County trails, and fund mountain, river, wetlands and stream projects that protect natural resources and enhance visitor experiences.

Nonprofit and Public Agency Projects – 5% will be made available as grants to organizations engaged in senior/youth facilities, urban tree planting, graffiti prevention, public access to rivers and streams, and natural lands restoration. Priority for projects that employ youth and for groups involved in gang prevention and training programs for at-risk youth.

Maintain Parks – 15% of funds will be used to maintain facilities to improve the usability of these community assets, so that past and future park investments are not degraded or lost.

Accountability

The measure requires annual, independent financial audits of all revenue and expenditures and public review.

Financial effect

http://file.lacounty.gov/dpr/cms1_217327.pdf

The 1992 funding tax measure expires in June 2015 and that $54 million a year will no longer be available for neighborhood and regional parks. Should Proposition P be approved, it would continue funding $54 million a year through an annual $23 per parcel special tax for 30 years.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

http://file.lacounty.gov/dpr/cms1_217327.pdf

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