Culver City Residents Favor a Half-cent Sales Tax Increase to Maintain City Services

At the June 4, Culver City Council Meeting, City Manager John Nachbar introduced Rick Sklarz, of Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, who shared the results from a survey they conducted of Culver City voters.

Two-thirds (68%) of respondents indicated that they believed Culver City needs additional funds to maintain essential city services, and -- prior to hearing any information about the city’s finances -- two-thirds vote in favor a half-cent sales tax to provide the funding to maintain general fund city services. Support for the ballot measure increased and intensified as voters are provided with information, especially how funds are needed to retain essential city services, offset state takings and protect Culver City’s revitalization. When asked about a three-quarter cent sales tax, support for the measure drops considerably

How do you feel about a .5 percent sales tax increase, with all proceeds being locally?

The survey also discovered that:

  • Voters give their city very high marks with most thinking Culver City is “headed in the right direction”, well-managed, safe and has greatly improved over the past decade.
  • Voters prioritize 9-1-1, police and fire services, but they also regard maintaining services for seniors, parks, and after school programs as important uses of funds.

You can see the whole Powerpoint HERE

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Comment by Bryan and Tongo on June 12, 2012 at 12:19pm

It's really not that much money per person. Let's do it!

Comment by Kevin Lachoff on June 12, 2012 at 10:15am

Our family supports a 1/2 cent sales tax for several reasons.  It will raise enough money to single-handedly backfill the $8,000,000 structural deficit Culver City faces, and cost individual residents very little in doing so.  There will be a number of governement agencies looking at adding tax increases to cover costs, but this one will be virtually imperceptable to our residents (we are talking about just $0.05 on every $10 spent!!) and yet preserve so much of what makes our City great.  As residents, we get to vote in favor of a small increase that will benefit us most, and yet so much of the actual cost will be paid for by non-residents when they spend money here - it's a win-win for Culver City.  I hope others will agree to support a half cent local sales tax!



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