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Measure D - Duarte Public Safety/Essential Services Measure

The City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday, November 26 to place a three-quarters of a cent sales tax measure on the March 3, 2020 ballot to help preserve public safety and community programs. L.A. County has designated the item Measure D.

Measure D - The Duarte Public Safety/Essential Services Measure is a response to the City’s growing need to maintain long-term financial stability. If approved by a majority of Duarte’s voters, this measure would take the City’s existing sales tax from the current rate 9.5 percent to 10.25 percent, generating approximately $2.6 million per year in local revenue. All funds would be used to benefit Duarte residents – no funds could be taken by the State, County or other cities.

If approved by the voters, this local funding would:

  • Prevent cuts to emergency response, public safety
  • Retain neighborhood Sheriff’s patrols and crime suppression/investigation
  • Maintain streets, roads and repairing potholes, so they don’t become more costly to fix in the future
  • Keep parks, trails, sports fields and facilities in good condition
  • Preserve youth and senior services

Without additional revenues, the City will need to evaluate cutting close to 10 percent of its overall City budget by June 2020.

Arcadia, Glendora, Irwindale, Monrovia, Sierra Madre and other neighboring cities have already passed a sales tax to keep revenues locally controlled. Alhambra, Azusa, La Verne, San Gabriel, San Dimas and West Covina have placed a similar sales tax measure on the March 2020 ballot to protect city services.

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