El Monte voters could see additional tax

The City Council on Tuesday will vote on whether to take a 1/2 percent add-on tax to the voters in November. The tax could bring in millions of dollars. It is one way the city is hoping to compensate for a $400,000 deficit, and also a way to start rebuilding the city’s reserves.

Here is a snipet from the staff report, which you could view in full by clicking here.

Like municipalities throughout the State of California, the City of El Monte’s budget has been strained and stressed in recent years by a succession of economic and legislative developments, including the stagnant national economy, a depressed housing market, inflated prices for fuel and construction materials (e.g., diesel fuel for trucks and petroleum-based construction materials like roadway asphalt), increased costs for municipal services as well as State take-a-ways and regulatory mandates (e.g. state requirements for massive storm drain improvements).

This report offers one possible solution to the City’s current budget challenges: the implementation of transactions and use tax – a variety of sales tax.

According to the staff report, 53 California cities use the tax, including Montclair (%) , Inglewood (%), Laguna Beach (%), San Bernardino (%) and most recently the City of Southgate which in June of this year adopted a full 1% transactions and use tax add-on to the general sales and use tax of 8.25%.

The meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

  • ANONYMOUS

    THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL SHOULD OF PREPARED FOR AN “UNFORSEEN” ADDITIONAL COSTA, HIGHER PRICES FOR GOOD AND SERVICES. THANKS TO THEM WE WILL GET STUCK WITH AN ADDITIONAL TAXATION.

  • Seniors of El Monte

    My wife and I have lived in El Monte all our lives. We currently live on a fixed income. Our medications eat of most of our income. Food. rent and utilities take the rest. We can not afford to pay any more taxes. We will have to disconnect our telephone. It is not fair that we have to pay for the mayors and city councils mistakes. They don’t know how to manage the cities money at all. I hold them responsibie for what will happen to us and many more seniors like our selves. They have no concious or shame. They need to go as soon as possible, before they bankrup El Monte.

  • Anonymous

    FOOD AND PRESCRIPTIONS MEDICATIONS ARE EXEMPT FROM ALL SALES TAXES EVEN THE ONE PROPOSED BY THE CITY – THAT IS STATE LAW AND THE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION WILL NOT REQUIRE RETAILERS TO COLLECT ON FOOD AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS.

  • Pops and Mom

    They may be exempt. Try telling that to those of us that have to make hard choices who live on a fix income. The additional tax will give us these money to live on. Some one has to pay those taxes! Wait till you get to our age. The party is over. Survival takes on a whole different meaning. You are more than welcome to pay my share of additional taxes.

  • Anonymous

    FOOD AND PRESCRIPTION MEDICIDNES ARE EXEMPT. ALWAYS HAVE BEEN. AND WILL CONTINUE TO BE.

  • Pops and Mom

    Oviously you have no clue as to what it is in being a senior on a fixed income in desperate times. The El Monte mayor and city council will find a way to hit us in the pocket book. Mark my words.

  • The Taxpayer

    Its going to be very hard to pass this with all the BS in city hall.Theres no more trust with 4 of them.

  • anonymous resident

    All five of the city council members have messed up!

  • EL MONTE VOTER

    OK WHAT TAX HIKE DID THEY VOTE ON FOR US IN EL MONTE?
    THEY ARE SO CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR OWN TRAVEL BUDGET, DRINKING AND HAVING EVENT AFTER EVENT, WHERE THEY PARTY AWAY THAT WE GET HIT WITH THEIR BILLS. WHAT KIND OF HONEST GOVERNMENT IS THAT? A MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL THAT HAS GONE DOWN THE TOILET. THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT US. THAT IS FOR DAME SURE.

  • A resident

    They voted to put it on the Nov. 4 ballot…..it isn’t a done deal. Now the voters have to decide whether or not to add 1/2% additional sales tax.

  • Anonymous

    THE VOTERS WILL GET TO DECIDE IN NOVEMBER. THAT’S ALL THAT WAS DECIDED LAST NIGHT. IF YOU ARE NOT OKAY WITH IT YOU WILL VOTE NO. IF YOU ARE OKAY WITH IT YOU WILL VOTE YES. IF THERE ARE MORE YES’S THAN NO’S THE MEASURE WILL PASS. IF THERE ARE MORE NO’S THAN YES’ THE MEASURE WILL NOT PASS. I THINK THIS IS CALLED …WAIT, WAIT, GIVE ME A SECOND….OH YA!!!….IT’S CALLED: DEMOCRACY.

  • SGV voter

    Did someone miss their medication?

  • Anonymous

    Can I just say how muich I dislike the term, “fixed income”? It suggests that everyone else can just ask for a raise and get it. But that’s backwards. Social Security has an annual cost of living adjustment that most workers do not get. And if a senior wants to work as a greeter at Wal-Mart for extra money, they can. It’s not like anyone is preventing senior citizens from working, the same as everyone else.

  • Senior on Fixed Income

    As a senior one can only earn a certain amount. Anything over that amount you have to pay back. It is not as easy to try to live on a fixed income. You spend each dollar wisely. That’s “IF” you have an extra dollar. You will realize as you try to survive and live, a check to check existance when you get to my age. You young whipper snapper fool.

  • A resident

    My husband and I are on a “fixed” income. I’d be thrilled to win the lotto, but life isn’t so bad. Tons of places offer senior discounts and we could get a part time job if we chose. Once you reach the “full” retirement age you can work and receive benefits without a payback. http://www.ssa.gov/retire2/whileworking.htm

  • Anonymous

    Senior on “Fixed” Income: Times are tough all over Lots of working people live check to check, except they don’t get the guaranteed COLA every year and they can lose their job (paycheck) at any time. Most also do not qualify for “free” or subsidized medical care. In fact, many don’t have any health care coverage at all. But thank you for your respectful comment.

  • EL MONTE RESIDENT

    AFTER GETTING THE NEWS THAT MAYOR GUTIERREZ AND COUNCILMEMBERS BARRIOS, GOMEZ, WALLACH AND ISHIGAKI VOTED FOR A TAX HIKE WE ARE MORE DETERMINED THEN EVER TO VOTE THEM OUT. WE WILL BE LOOKING FOR NEW YOUNG, HONEST, INTELLIGENT COUNCILMEMBERS AND A MAYOR. THEY HAVE IGNORED US AS HARD WORKING RESIDENTS, TAX PAYERS AND VOTERS. IT IS TIME TO GET SERIOUS ABOUT OUR CITIES FUTURE.

  • Anonymous

    Remember there is strenght in numbers. The only way to get them out is to organize early in the game. Your biggest challengers will be the El Monte Police. They are the ones that call the shots. Be careful on what you do and say. No one crosses them at all.