June 7, 2011
CITY HALL — City officials again are recommending that the City Council forgo setting aside sales tax revenue for public infrastructure improvements. Instead, they want that money used to help plug a projected $18-million budget deficit. Much of the sales tax revenue that was used for capital improvements — everything from street maintenance to new park facilities — already has been diverted in recent years to the General Fund, which supports basic public services. Last year, the City Council voted to divert 100% of city sales tax revenue to support General Fund operations amid continued budget deficits.
June 28, 2012
Los Angeles County transportation officials on Thursday endorsed a proposed ballot measure that would extend a half-cent sales tax for transportation projects by 30 years. Measure R, which was passed by voters in 2008, currently ends in 2039. If voters passed the proposed measure, which would be on the November presidential ballot, it would end in 2069. If it passes, officials plan to borrow against future revenues to help expedite the transit projects funded by Measure R, including the Westside Subway Extension, so workers can break ground on the efforts in five years instead of 20. They would also need billions of dollars in federal loans to make that happen.
March 31, 2009
DOWNTOWN — Local businesses are hoping to capitalize on a rush of customers before a sales tax hike takes effect Wednesday that will thrust the rate in Los Angeles County to 9.75%. The county’s current sales tax rate is 8.25% and will jump by 1% statewide because of a measure included in California’s new budget act that is aimed at resolving a deficit of more than $42 billion. But rates in the county will grow by a half-cent more than other regions because of Measure R, a public transportation initiative that voters approved in November to fund a series of rail, bus and freeway developments.
July 1, 2009
GLENDALE — Los Angeles County shoppers will pay an extra half-cent on their purchases starting today, when the sales tax will jump to nearly 10% as part of an effort to fund regional public transportation developments, including new carpool lanes on a local stretch of the Golden State (5) Freeway. The Measure R sales tax, approved by more than two-thirds of voters in November, is expected to generate $40 billion over 30 years for a series of Metropolitan Transportation Authority rail, bus, highway and road projects throughout the county, but will also add a burden on citizens and businesses during the recession, officials said.
April 17, 2002
Karen S. Kim GLENDALE -- Sales-tax revenues in Glendale crept up only 1.1% during its fourth quarter 2001, despite expectations that holiday season sales would push earnings higher. Without the increased sales tax receipts from Glendale's auto industry, which leaped from about $1.80 million in revenues in fourth quarter 2000 to about $2.14 million during fourth quarter 2001, the city would have seen a 5.7% decline in sales-tax revenues between October and December, said Bob Franz, Glendale' director of finance and administrative services.
May 21, 2004
The Glendale City Council Tuesday endorsed a proposed half-cent sales tax increase that would increase law enforcement funding at the state level. Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, who spoke to the council Tuesday, has been leading the drive to put the issue on the November ballot, where it requires two-thirds approval. He told the council that the cost of the increased tax will be about $12 per month for the average resident, and the measure will raise about $500 million a year.
June 3, 2003
Ryan Carter The city was hoping to have more in its coffers from sales-tax revenue by now, but officials expect better results next year. Sales-tax revenue for the first nine months of the fiscal year is down a bit, city officials said. Officials expressed some concern over the 2.3% decrease in sales- tax revenue, but also predicted an increase for the next fiscal year. Then again, they also thought it would pick up this year. So far this fiscal year -- which started June 30 -- sales-tax revenue from the city's businesses made up about 12%, or $13.45 million, of the projected $110-million general fund.
May 26, 2003
Ryan Carter Finance officials are studying a bill moving through the state Legislature that could mean less sales-tax revenue for the city. The bill, introduced by Darrell Steinberg (D-Sacramento), would reduce local shares of sales-tax revenue by half and replace the difference with property-tax revenues. More specifically, half of every penny a city earns from sales tax would be replaced by a larger share of property-tax revenue. Annually, Glendale receives about $26 million in sales-tax revenue and $14 million in property-tax revenue, officials said.
August 13, 2001
Tim Willert DOWNTOWN -- Quarterly sales tax revenue generated by the city between January and March declined for the first time in more than five years, further evidence of a sluggish economy. The city collected $6.3 million during the first quarter of 2001 compared to $6.6 million over the same period last year, a drop of 5.1%, city officials said Friday. But a quarterly report compiled by consultant Hinderliter, de Llamas and Associates said accounting adjustments and a large one-time payment made during the first quarter of 2000, skewed the results.