What is Measure E?
Measure E will appear on the March 3rd ballot. The specific ballot language that Yucaipa voters are being asked to vote on is:
|To avoid cutbacks in Yucaipa’s existing paramedic program and increased response times on emergency 911 calls; generate funds from Yucaipa visitors to benefit local residents; enhance police and fire protection; increase local youth and senior services; and fund other general services provided throughout the City like streets and parks, shall the ordinance be adopted to increase the local sales tax by one-half percent; generating approximately $2,000,000 annually, with citizen oversight, mandatory audits, and public reporting?|
Assuming Measure E receives simple-majority support needed for passage, this will increase the local sales tax on purchases made within the City limits from 7¾% to 8¼%.
100% of the revenues generated through a sales tax will remain in the community to benefit local residents.
What does a ½-percent increase in local sales tax mean to those who shop in Yucaipa? For every $10,000 of purchases on taxable items (e.g., over a period of one year, for example), the added cost for purchases made in that year will be $50.