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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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City of San Bruno
Measure G Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

3,512 votes yes (61.4%)

2,205 votes no (38.6%)

San Bruno Street Repair/Local City Services Measure: Shall the City of San Bruno's measure to fund city services/facilities such as neighborhood police patrols; fire prevention services; urban wildfire protection; crime suppression/investigation; pothole/street repair; increasing parking supply; upgrading parks/other city services/facilities; expanding services supporting local businesses; by levying a 1/2¢ sales tax, providing approximately $4,000,000 annually, until ended by voters, with independent citizens' oversight, no money for Sacramento, all funds spent locally, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Marc Zafferano, City Attorney

Measure G is an ordinance authorizing the City of San Bruno to levy a 1/2 cent transactions and use tax. This type of tax, commonly referred to as a "local sales tax", is collected along with other state and local sales and use taxes and is administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration.

Proceeds of the tax would be paid to the City's general fund and would be controlled by the City Council of the City of San Bruno (not the state) and would be available for any lawful governmental purpose.  Examples of permissible uses, as identified by the City Council in the ballot measure, are to fund city services/facilities such as neighborhood police patrols, fire prevention services, urban wildfire protection, crime suppression and investigation, pothole and street repair, increasing parking supply, upgrading parks and other city servies and facilities, and expanding services supporting local businesses.

Currently the combined state and local sales tax rate effective on sales occurring in San Bruno is 9.25%. If the measure is approved, the combined tax rate would be 9.75%. This tax would remain in effect until terminated by the voters. It is anticipated that this tax will initially generate approximately $4,000,000 in revenue annually.

This measure would require an annual audit of tax revenues by a certified public accountant. It would also create a five-member Citizen's Oversight Committee for the new tax.

On July 23, 2019, the City Council unanimously approved the tax ordinance and placed the measure on the ballot. The tax will be effective if this measure is approved by a majority of the ballots cast at the November 5, 2019 election. If this measure is approved, the tax is expected to be collected beginning April 1, 2020.

A YES vote approves the measure and authorized the proposed tax.

A NO vote rejects the measure and the proposed tax.

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

If you want to repair San Bruno's roads and maintain OUR quality of life, vote YES on Measure G!

 

YES on G provides LOCAL funds for LOCAL needs, with money that Sacramento politicians can't take.

YES on G upgrades neighborhood and city streets by expanding street, pothole, and road hazard repair on San Bruno's 89 miles of streets.

YES on G protects our community by maintaining neighborhood police patrols and attracting and supporting our local businesses.

YES on G protects our children by making sure our parks and the play structures our children use are repaired, maintained, and safe.

Did you know that some of our streets and roads haven't been significantly repaired in over 30 YEARS?  Voting YES on G will increase citywide street repair to include major upgrades and repairs on our residential neighborhood streets.

YES On G includes tough fiscal accountability guarantees including Independent Citizens Oversight, annual financial audits to monitor spending, and reports to the community - guaranteeing funds are spent responsibly and as promised.

Here's what Measure G will NOT do:

Measure G is NOT a tax on your home or property.

Measure G is NOT applied to food purchased as groceries or prescription medication.

Measure G will NOT be used for City administrator salaries.

Measure G was developed after receiving input from hundreds of San Bruno residents!

YES on G is supported by San Bruno residents from all neighborhoods and walks of life, who value our quality of life and want to see it enhanced. To fix our local roads and potholes and maintain the quality of life services you rely on, vote YES on G.

For answers to frequently asked questions and public information about the Municipal Election or Measure G, visit www.sanbruno.ca.gov.

 

/s/ Frank Hedley, Retired police chief

/s/ Ken Ibarra, Civic leader

/s/ Mary Lou Johnson, Educator

/s/ Mike Palmer, Chair, Parks & Recreation Commission

/s/ Judith Puccini, Former Juvenile Justice Commissioner 

 

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