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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Funding for City Maintenance & Enhancement

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November 8, 2016California General Election

City of San Leandro
Measure OO - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

19,363 votes yes (65.88%)

10,030 votes no (34.12%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (54/54).

To maintain and enhance the City of San Leandro, with funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento, including: enhancing City infrastructure and general City services, shall the City of San Leandro modify the ongoing business license tax to reduce taxes for small businesses, charge 10 percent of gross receipts for parking lots, and charge $100 per 1,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space, providing $800,000 annually, requiring independent taxpayer oversight, and all funds stay in San Leandro?

Arguments FOR

 

 

 

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on OO to reduce business license taxes for San Leandro’s small businesses.

YES on NN, OO and PP provides shelters for abused women and children

YES onNN, OO and PP fixes potholes and repairs city streets

YES on NN, OO and PP improves 911 emergency response times and provides a seismically safe

police operations center

YES on NN, OO and PP enhances safety net programs for homeless and at-risk adults and children

YES on NN, OO and PP updates the police operations center and technology so San Leandro Police

Department's crime prevention efforts will be more effective

YES on NN, OO and PP attracts new businesses and create jobs in San Leandro

YES on NN, OO and PP provides essential upgrades to our Library, including space for children's

story times, a homework center, public access computers and free wi-fi at Mulford-Marina BranchSacramento politicians take $12,000,000 annually from San Leandro. Funding generated by Measures NN, OO, and PP replaces this funding, giving San Leandro taxpayers LOCAL control over LOCAL funds for LOCAL needs.

NO funds can be taken by Sacramento politicians.

NO money raised from Measures NN, OO and PP will be used for administrator salaries.

YES on NN, OO and PP are fiscally accountable. All three measures require independent citizen oversight, mandatory financial audits, and yearly reports to the community to ensure that money is spent as promised.

Voting YES on NN, OO and PP protects San Leandro property values by maintaining quality services, parks, open space and safe neighborhoods. Specifically, YES on Y reduces business license tax rates for small, San Leandro businesses.

Join a unanimous City Council and San Leandro’s police officers, firefighters, teachers, neighborhood community leaders and business leaders in voting YES on NN, OO and PP!

For factual information about these measures, visit www.cityofsanleandro.org

Remember to VOTE LOCAL in this busy election! Join us.    

Arguments AGAINST

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

The deceptive ballot language claims this measure reduces taxes on small businesses, but the resolution passed last July actually imposes new taxes on warehouse operators, wholesale distributors, moving and furniture storage companies, non-residential property owners and parking lot operators.

The only tax reduction included in this measure is for very small businesses with three (3) or fewer employees (hopefully including self-employed sole proprietors). These businesses will still be required to pay the annual business license fee (ranging from $128.20 to $642.30), but are exempt from the employee fee, which ranges from $38.50 to $96.40/employee.

Cities that succeed in attracting new businesses (e.g., Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, Mountain View) do so by offering generous tax breaks and exemptions from regulations. In other words, they use a carrot on a stick to lure businesses to their dream location in Silicon Valley. San Leandro’s business plan is more like waving a big heavy stick at entrepreneurs. How is that an incentive to attract new, larger businesses to the city?

The proposed changes aren’t likely to entice entrepreneurs to consider San Leandro as a home base. Oakland's business taxes are much less burdensome. Oakland imposes a tax of $60/year for businesses with less than $50,000 gross revenues per month plus 1.2% for every $1000 of monthly revenue. Larger businesses pay $60/year plus a graduated percentage up to 4.5% for every $1000 in revenue, with special provisions for grocers and other businesses.

Cannabis businesses in Oakland pay the highest tax of all, up to $50 per $1000 of monthly revenue. Note that this is just half the tax rate that San Leandro plans to charge cannabis businesses!

It is clear these new taxes are directly aimed at Amazon’s new distribution center and Costco Wholesale. Please vote NO on the Business License Tax.

 

Replies to Arguments FOR

San Leandro’s City Council has never once reduced taxes on its citizens. The last time taxpayers attempted to repeal a tax was 16 years ago. In response, the city spent over $80,000 of your money to defeat Measure G.

Now, they present us with new tax proposals every election cycle, claiming vital services will be eliminated if these new taxes aren’t approved. And every time they propose new taxes, they cross their hearts and promise the extra money will fund street maintenance, public libraries, 911 emergency services, safety net programs for the homeless and shelters for abused women and children. And all these new taxes are guaranteed to attract new businesses and create more jobs!

But year after year, the unemployed homeless continue to live on our streets, exposed to the elements, and those same streets deteriorate from heavy traffic and deferred maintenance. Meanwhile, the libraries are still open, 911 calls are still answered, after school programs continue to be funded and life goes on as normal.

But now we have to raise the minimum wage to $15/hour and the mayor wants a raise for herself as well!

San Leandro’s business climate attracted Amazon to open a major distribution center here, which brought more jobs to the city, but apparently Amazon isn’t paying its fair share, so now they must have their tax burden increased. What will happen to all of those jobs if Amazon finds a cheaper place to move their warehouse? Please vote NO on Measure OO.

 

s/ Terry Floyd

Treasure, Libertarian Party of Alameda County

s/ Stephen Carbonaro

Retired

s/ Francis Leidy

 Business Owner    

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don’t be misled by political rhetoric and misinformation!

FACT: Voting YES on OO reduces business license taxes for over 2,300 of San Leandro’s small businesses. Check this yourself by reading the Official Ballot Language of Measure OO at www.sanleandro.org

FACT: As over 50% of all San Leandro businesses have fewer than 4 employees, a MAJORITY of our local businesses will enjoy a TAX REDUCTION if you vote YES on OO.

FACT: YES on OO simply updates San Leandro’s outdated business license ordinance to ensure that larger businesses pay their fair share, while reducing taxes for our small businesses.

FACT: YES on OO enables San Leandro to continue to attract new businesses, creating local jobs! Compared to neighboring cities like Oakland, San Leandro’s business rates will continue to be much lower, allowing our business community to remain competitive during the economic upturn.

Here’s what Measure OO WON’T do:

Measure OO WON’T raise taxes on our small business—it reduces taxes.

Measure OO is NOT a tax on San Leandro residents or property owners.

The revenue generated by voting YES on OO and Measures NN & PP will be used exclusively for maintaining vital San Leandro services such as: providing shelter for abused women/children; fixing potholes and repairing city streets; improving 911 emergency response times; enhancing safety net programs for homeless and at-risk adults & children; and providing essential improvements to the San Leandro Library.

Join a unanimous Mayor and City Council and San Leandrans from every neighborhood: Vote LOCAL by voting YES on OO, NN and PP!

 

s/ Pauline Russo Cutter

Mayor, City of San Leandro

s/ Lawrence Allphin

Vice President, San Leandro Downtown Association

s/ Dan Dillman

Historical BAL Theater Owner

s/ Evelyn J. Gonzalez

School Board Trustee 

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