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Measure V is not a New Tax!

Vote “Yes” on Measure v on Nov. 6th, 2018

An impartial analysis and full text of the measure can be found here.

Measure V is not a new or another tax! Measure V allows for a portion of funds that already exists to be transferred to the city’s general fund. This transfer of funds, that has previously been voted on, and passed, allows Colton City services such as fire, paramedics and police to continuously operate. The information below was taken directly from the City of Colton website, available here:


What is Measure V? 
Measure V is a ballot measure on the November 6th General Election ballot for City of Colton voters ONLY. A “YES vote” approves the City’s proposal; a “NO vote” rejects the proposal. Measure V asks voters to continue the City’s existing transfer of a limited portion of annual Electric Utility surplus funds to the City’s General Fund. Those funds can then be used in our community to maintain Colton City services.   

What will Measure V do? 
Measure V would provide funding  for the City of Colton to maintain current service levels including 911 emergency response (fire, police, paramedics), streets and roads maintenance, parks, library and senior services, and recreational activities. All funds (100%) generated by Measure V will stay IN Colton—FOR Colton. 

What if Measure V doesn’t pass? 
Without Measure V the City will have to reduce general City services, such as police, firefighter, paramedic and senior and community services.  Currently there are no other funding sources available to maintain these services.
  
How do we know the City will manage funds responsibly?
Measure V includes strict fiscal accountability provisions—including Independent Citizen Oversight, mandatory audits, and annual public reports to ensure funds are spent properly.

Get more information: 
909-370-5052 
financedept@coltonca.gov 
www.coltonca.gov  




Arguments proposed against measure v and the facts

“Measure V is a tax” , “A 12.39% up to a 20% tax” : Measure V is classified as a “general tax” under California State Law however, you will not see any new taxes as a result of a “yes” vote. In 2016, Colton voters approved Measure D, which increased the transfer of funds cap from 12.39% up to a maximum of 20% of the Electric Utility revenue to the City’s General Fund. Since 2016, up to 20% of Electric Utility revenue has been annually transferred to the General Fund to support city services. No additional funds will collected from taxpayers.

“A bail out for a deficient government” : Measure V is not bailing out any operational division of city services. Measure V ensures that a portion of revenue generated by the Electric Utility, which is at a surplus, returns to support Colton city services such as fire, police, paramedics, roads and community services.

“No sunset, Runs Indefinitely, For Ever, No End Time” : Measure D is currently due to sunset the 20% transfer cap in 2021, at which point the amount allowed to be transferred will revert back to 12.39%. This means the city of Colton will lose funds and in turn have to re-budget city services. Measure V ensures that 20% can be transferred to the city’s General Fund to continue supporting Colton city services indefinitely, UNLESS ended by voters. If voters at any point in the future disagree with the funds transfer, the issue can be brought to ballot.

“No cap on Electric Rate Increases” , “No freeze on our electric rates” : Measure V does not deal with Electric Utility rates or freezes. Measure D, passed by voters in 2016, laid out a five (5) year “freeze” on future electric rate increases that is still and will still be in effect until 2021.

“Oversight committee, BOGUS has no authority” , “No accountability on adverse spending”, “Does not have independent audits” : The city’s General Fund will have multiple accountability safeguards such as mandatory audits and annual public reports to show where the funds are being allocated. All funds generated by Measure V will stay in Colton.