In Support of Measure S

Whereas, recent court and IRS decisions will preclude dozens of California cities from collecting the telephone utility tax in the way that it has been previously collected in prior years, and the City of Los Angeles has relied on this tax for more than 40 years, accounting for 6% of its General Fund revenues; and

Whereas, Measure S puts the telephone users tax before the voters for approval on the February 2008 ballot and cuts the tax rate from 10% to 9%; and will apply to larger businesses currently exempted; and

Whereas, if not passed by voters, $270 million will be lost to the City’s General Fund budget requiring cuts to essential City services that might include curtailing police officer hiring, fire station closures, reduction of public library hours, a decrease in public park and street maintenance, eliminating recreation programs for children and other reductions in critical services;

Therefore be it resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party supports Measure S.

Be it further resolved, that the Los Angeles County Democratic Party urges a YES vote on Measure S by the Los Angeles City voters on the February 5, 2008 ballot.

Authored by Miguel Santiago, 40th AD

Passed by LACDP Resolutions Comm, 12/4/07

Passed by Los Angeles County Committee, 12/10/07