Sales Tax on March 2020 Ballot

On November 12, 2019, the City Council unanimously voted 5-0 to add a proposed 0.75% sales tax increase on the March 2020 ballot.

Historically, the City has been very fiscally conservative with healthy reserves, so why did the Council put this measure on the ballot? Listen to this episode to get more information about the City’s rationale behind the decision as well as details about what the sales tax could mean for the City and its residents.

Ballot Measure Text:
To preserve San Dimas’ long-term financial stability; maintain emergency response, neighborhood sheriff patrols; prevent thefts/burglaries; protect/clean local water sources; keep public areas safe/clean; repair streets/potholes; maintain senior, youth/afterschool services/other general services; shall a measure be adopted establishing a 0.75% sales tax providing approximately $4,700,000 annually until ended by voters; requiring audits/public disclosure of all spending, all funds benefiting San Dimas residents?

UPDATES: Since this episode came out, the City added more information to their website about the ballot measure:
General information
City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis
City Council’s Argument in Favor of the Measure

Are you interested in donating to the family whose apartment at the Trails burned down in mid-November? Shull Elementary school is accepting donations of girl’s clothing (sizes 4T and 7, shoe sizes 8 toddler and 13/1) and Target, Walmart, restaurant, and other gift cards for the family. Please label donations “c/o Shull Elementary Family” and drop them off at the school’s front office on Monday, November 25, or anytime during school hours starting December 2.

Happy Thanksgiving!