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Vote No on Prop 457! The outside special interest would have you believe that this temporary sales tax is needed to pay the Arena Management Lease Agreement, which is not accurate. What is also not accurate is that this temporary sales tax will be reversed by passing this proposition.
The way the proposition was written, it doesn’t reverse any sales tax. What it does do is handcuff city council’s ability to raise taxes without the tax being voted on by the people. The city council has not abused its power to tax the citizens of Glendale. In fact the temporary .7 cent tax increase is the first one approved since 1993
Outside special interests would have you believe that this temporary sales tax is needed to pay the Arena Management Lease Agreement for Jobing.com Arena, which NOT true.
What Prop 457 does do however; is handcuff the City Council’s ability to raise taxes by making all increases going before the electorate. This change to the city charter makes it difficult if not impossible for the City Council to ensure that the citizens of Glendale are able to maintain the level of services and public safety that they currently enjoy.
For the current fiscal year, the city of Glendale had an estimated 32 million dollar deficit. Several months ago, the Council approved $10 million in cuts. Any additional cuts would seriously impact services the Council deemed a priority, including police and fire, so it was decided that a temporary tax was needed.
That is what a responsible city council must do to protect its citizens. The ability to raise revenues via sales tax is an essential responsibility that we charge council members with when we vote them into office. The ability to act quickly in times of budget emergencies is essential for a well-run city. To make all tax increases go before the public can take months and require the city to make drastic cuts in essential personnel and service before a financial solution can be put into place.
The City Council has never abused its power to tax the citizens of Glendale, in fact the temporary .7 cent tax increase is the first one approved by council since 1993.
That is why I urge you to vote no on Prop 457.