This Tuesday the citizens of Compton will have a chance to vote on progress by increasing sales tax in the city by one penny on every dollar spent, or to continue with business as usual by blaming the city council about the potholes, out dated park equipment, public safety, and other day to day quality of life issues.
Those who are looking to stop the progress of Compton are doing so for any number of reasons ranging from a distrust of the city leadership to pushing towards other agendas such as moving sales tax revenue from Compton to other communities as explained below. Many of those who are against Measure P were for the $350 million dollar bond that passed in 2015. Compton Stands To Lose Millions If Measure P Fails.
So why is it important that Compton votes on Tuesday June 6th on Measure P?
The sales tax in Los Angeles County will be raised by one penny, but the question Compton voters need to ask themselves is do they want the money to go to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and County of Los Angeles or stay local in Compton.
- In a recent poll more than two-thirds of Los Angeles County residents would support raising the county sales tax by a half-cent to bring in about $120 billion for rail and highway projects, according to a new poll paid for by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
- This half cent sales tax would take the the sales tax from Compton tax payers to pay for transit projects in places like the San Fernando Valley, South Bay and West LA. (Metro’s ballot measure tax would hit some areas harder than others)
Millions could be lost if Measure P is not passed. This is because with new businesses like Wal-Mart, and the Brickyard Project, that could house a major e-commerce giant, the new tax could go to the MTA and the County of Los Angeles vs the City of Compton to improve the quality of life within the city.
LA County May Tax Local Cities for Homelessness…Compton could get little in return
- County officials conducted polling to decide whether to pursue a ballot measure for a tax increase to fund ongoing efforts to combat homelessness…yes this would increase the sales tax in Compton if passed.
- Other cities with a much larger homeless population than Compton, such as Los Angeles, could see the lions share of this tax forcing Compton to pay into a system, but getting back much less.
Those who are opposing Measure P have listed their reasons
Many of those who are for the “No on Measure P” are the same people that supported the Compton school board’s recently passed bond Measure S in 2015, which was a $350 million bond that taxes only Compton property owners.
- Most cities only receive one cent out of sales tax revenue. In other words out of the 9% that someone pays in sales tax the City of Compton only gets 1 cent…if Measure P passes the city would 2 cent.
- Compton would have the highest sales tax in the state…other cities have far more revenue generated by their sales tax because they have a variety of businesses like car dealerships, amusement parks, and high end retail stores that bring in more money than Compton.
- If the MTA half cent sales tax (Measure R2) passes in November Compton’s sales tax with go up to 10.5%…Once your city is at 10% in sales tax it cannot go over 10%. The extra penny stays in the city and will not go to the MTA or other government entity. Currently Carson, Paramount, Long Beach and Glendale are proposing sales tax measures.