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Information About Measure AA and BB
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Special Municipal Election March 3, 2020

The City Council unanimously called a Special Municipal Election to be held on March 3, 2020.  The Municipal Ballot will include Measure AA and Measure BB.  Information on Measure AA and Measure BB is provided below for informational purposes only.  The City does not advocated a yes or no vote on any measure.

What is Measure AA:
If approved by voters, Measure AA would enact a ¾ cent local sales tax to fund general City services such as law enforcement, parks and recreation services, and public infrastructure. Similar local tax measures will appear on the March 3, 2020 Municipal Ballots in 21 other cities within Los Angeles County, including the cities of Cerritos, Hawaiian Gardens, Lakewood, and Norwalk. If the local taxes pass in neighboring cities, residents who shop outside the City will pay those local taxes without providing any tax revenue to Artesia.

What local priorities could Measure AA address?
While the City is run very efficiently, costs continue to increase. If Measure AA is passed by voters, it would generate approximately $2,200,000 in new funding for general City programs and services for residents, which could include:
- Additional public safety services including expanded Sheriff’s patrols
- Contribution to the City's long-term financial stability
- New or expanded parks and recreation services
- Additional street and sidewalk repair/replacement projects
- Additional funding for city facilities including community centers and parks

Who would pay Measure AA?
If approved by voters, non-residents and residents making purchases in the City of Artesia would pay the ¾ cent local sales tax. A ¾ cent tax is equal to 75¢ per $100 purchased.

Measure AA requires annual independent audits to verify that tax revenues are collected, managed and spent according to the Measure’s terms.

What is Measure BB:
If approved by voters, Measure BB would increase the City’s existing hotel tax from 12.5% to 15% and update the City code to clarify that the tax applies to the full rent paid by a hotel guest whether payment is made directly to a hotel or through a third party booking agent (i.e. online travel agencies and rental companies) and other administrative updates including how to calculate days of taxable occupancy.

What local priorities could Measure BB address?
While the City is run very efficiently, costs continue to increase.  If Measure BB is passed by voters, it would generate approximately $84,000 in new funding for general City programs and services for residents, which could include:
- Additional public safety services including expanded Sheriff’s patrols
- Contribution to the City's long-term financial stability
- New or expanded parks and recreation services
- Additional street and sidewalk repair/replacement projects
- Additional funding for city facilities including community centers and parks

Who would pay Measure BB?
If approved by voters, only visitors and people staying at hotels and other similar lodging (i.e. AirBnB) in the City of Artesia would pay the hotel tax.

Funding received from Measure BB would be audited annually to verify that tax revenues are collected, managed and spent according to the Measure.


Links:
Informational Mailer

Measure AA
Argument in Favor (No Argument Against was filed)

Measure BB
Argument in Favor (No Argument Against was filed)