On March 3, 2020, Duarte voters will decide if they want to approve the Duarte Public Safety/Essential Services Measure to keep tax dollars local and protect vital public safety and community programs. If approved by a majority of Duarte’s voters, this measure would take the City’s existing sales tax from the current rate of 9.5% to 10.25%, generating approximately $2.6 million per year in local revenue.
Money generated from this measure would both safeguard the City’s long-term finances and ensure Duarte residents and businesses continue to receive high-quality public safety services, streets and sidewalk repairs, parks and recreation programs and facilities, as well as youth and senior services.
The Duarte City Council decided to place this measure before voters after input from the Ad Hoc Citizens’ Finance Advisory Committee and a careful review of the City’s finances.
The City currently faces a structural deficit of $1.2 million — a gap between ongoing revenues and expenses — that is expected to grow in future years. If sustainable and sufficient revenue sources are not found to close this budget deficit, the City Council will need to cut close to 10% of its overall City budget by June 2020. This could include reductions in our public safety services, street and traffic improvements, infrastructure maintenance, parks and recreation programs, City department staffing hours and youth and senior activities.
The City strives to provide unmatched community services to make Duarte a great place to live, work and do business. We will continue engaging and educating all community members about the Duarte Public Safety/ Essential Services Measure and the impacts on City services if voters approve the measure, and please visit http://duarteforall.com for more information on this measure and the March 3, 2020 election.