Yucaipa Voters to Cast Ballots on Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance of 2020 on March 3

By on December 13, 2019

Yucaipa’s registered voters will cast their ballots in the state’s primary election in March 2020. On the ballot will be a General Transactions and Use Tax that the Yucaipa City Council voted unanimously to place on the ballot on Nov. 25. If approved by the voters, the city of Yucaipa would adopt a new “Sales Tax Ordinance” whereby the city’s existing sales tax rate would increase by 0.5 percent, or one half of one cent, on every dollar of taxable sales of goods in the city, and on the taxable storage, use or consumption of goods purchased in the city.

In approving the Measure for the upcoming election, the City Council specified that funds generated by the sales tax would:

  • Avoid cutbacks in Yucaipa’s existing paramedic program and increase response times on emergency 911 calls
  • Enhance police and fire protection
  • Increase local youth and senior services
  • Fund other general services provided throughout the city like streets and parks

Additionally, the Measure would be subject to specific fiscal accountability and transparency including:

  • Revenue would be collected by the State of California under a contract in the same way the existing sales tax is collected, and paid over to the city
  • Requires that out-of-town visitors pay for services when they visit our city
  • Would not be applied to prescription medications or food bought as groceries
  • Proceeds of the tax and the expenditure thereof would be annually audited by an independent accounting firm
  • Requires a Citizens’ Oversight Committee to be formed to review the expenditure of funds generated by this ordinance, and to provide an annual report to the City Council on those expenditures

A copy of the Staff Report on the Measure that was submitted to the City Council on Nov. 25, the actual proposed ordinance and the Resolution No. 2019-56 (Calling Election, Placing Measure on Ballot and Consolidating Election) are available for the public to review online at: http://yucaipa.org/government/city-council/municipal-elections/march-3-2020-measure/.