Text of Measure A

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ORDINANCE NO. ____ 


ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF CHULA VISTA ADDING CHAPTER 3.34 TO TITLE 3 OF THE CHULA VISTA MUNICIPAL CODE TO ESTABLISH A ONE- HALF CENT GENERAL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TAX AND FEE ADMINISTRATION INCLUDING PROVISIONS FOR CITIZENS’ OVERSIGHT AND ACCOUNTABILITY 


WHEREAS, at the June 6, 2017 Chula Vista City Council meeting, the City Manager was directed to report back to the Chula Vista City Council within 120 days with a plan to address the perceived chronic understaffing of the Police and Fire Departments, with such plan considering all options, including: i) alternative service models that may improve effectiveness and reduce costs; and ii) potential funding sources; and 


WHEREAS, staff reported back to the City Council on September 26, 2017, with a Public Safety Staffing Report assessing the following factors: 

• Community and stakeholder feedback/input on priorities for delivery of public safety services • Short and long-term staffing level standards for Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) and Chula Vista Fire Department (CVFD) • Response times for Priority 1 and Priority 2 emergency calls for CVPD • Consideration of alternate public safety service delivery models • Accounting for growth: 5-year, 10-year, and build-out projection models • Fiscal forecasts and impacts; and

 

WHEREAS, at the September 26, 2017 Chula Vista City Council meeting, the City Council directed the City Manager to come back to the Council with options to address staffing issues and include revenue options; and 

 

WHEREAS, at the December 19, 2017 Chula Vista City Council meeting, after considering City staff’s presentation of the public safety staffing strategies report which identified public safety critical needs as well as funding options, the City Council directed the City Manager to return with an item, for Council consideration, to place a ½ cent general sales tax on the ballot in 2018; and 


WHEREAS, due to the reductions taken in the Police Department during the Great Recession, staffing levels have fallen to below pre-recession levels while the City’s population has grown by approximately 10%; and 



WHEREAS, the City’s Police Department is staffed at a per capita ratio of 0.86 per 1,000 residents, which is below optimal staffing levels; and 

 

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WHEREAS, the Fire Department will need to add staff to accommodate growth and is currently planning for the opening of several new fire stations, adding fire squads in the eastern area of the City and continuing the transition to a 4/0 staffing model; and 


WHEREAS, the City has conducted public outreach to identify the most critical needs and priorities with respect to addressing the City’s public safety staffing needs , including forming a Public Safety Advisory Committee  (PSAC) composed of City residents, business owners, and other stakeholders; and 

 

WHEREAS, Public Safety is a top priority of the City, with 67% of discretionary revenues allocated to Police and Fire services; and

 

WHEREAS, although the City’s finances have improved since the recent recession, the City is still experiencing financial challenges and, as reflected in the long term financial plan, will be unable to address the public safety critical staffing needs over the next 10 years; and 


WHEREAS, the City has determined that the enactment of a general local transactions and use tax (commonly known as a “sales tax”) would allow the City to significantly address the critical public safety staffing needs as presented in the Intended Public Safety Expenditure Plan without compromising existing City services; and

 

WHEREAS, pursuant to Article XIII C of the California Constitution, and California Revenue and Taxation Code Section 7285.9, the City has the authority to enact a local sales tax for general purposes with the approval of the majority of voters in the City voting in an election on the issue; and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council directed staff to prepare for submittal to the voters an ordinance enacting a one-half cent sales tax consistent with all applicable general purpose tax laws, including measures providing for citizens’ oversight, separate accounting and independent audits; and

 

WHEREAS, proposed Chapter 3.34 of the Chula Vista Municipal Code, set forth below,  establishes a transactions and use tax to be administered by the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration consistent with City Council direction; and

 

WHEREAS, concurrently herewith the City Council is adopting the Intended Public Safety Spending Plan expressing its intention to expend new sales tax revenues on Public Safety critical needs, as more particularly described therein (the “City Council Intended Public Safety Expenditure Plan ”).  


NOW, THEREFORE, subject to approval by an affirmative, simple majority vote of the people as required by law, the People of the City of Chula Vista do ordain as follows:


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