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Measure T | Santa Paula’s Local Sales Tax Dollars at Work

Measure T | Santa Paula’s Local Sales Tax Dollars at Work

Press Release Santa Paula, CA – Since its passage by nearly 60% of Santa Paula voters in 2016, the local sales tax dollars generated by Measure T have been put to work in service to the Santa Paula community. Measure T is the City of Santa Paula’s 20-year local general sales tax measure, with all […]

Santa Paula: Youth Needs Assessment Survey Highlights School District Voids

Santa Paula: Youth Needs Assessment Survey Highlights School District Voids

By Sheryl Hamlin History Measure T was approved by the voters in November 2016 adding 1% to the sales tax. As a General Tax, all revenues go to the General Fund with no specific use; however, there was language in the ballot suggesting priorities for the monies to be public safety, streets and youth services. […]

Santa Paula | Vacancy Notice – Measure T Oversight Committee

Santa Paula | Vacancy Notice – Measure T Oversight Committee

The City of Santa Paula is asking all interested individuals, to apply for a vacancy to fulfill the two vacancies on the Measure T Oversight Committee. The first vacant seat requires the applicant to be active in a civic organization. The second vacant seat requires the applicant to preside as a resident at large. Applicants […]

Santa Paula | Vacancy on Measure T

Santa Paula | Vacancy on Measure T

The City of Santa Paula is asking all interested individuals, who are active in a civic organization, to apply for a vacancy to fulfill the position on the Measure T Oversight Committee for a term set to expire April 30, 2019. Applicants must be residents of the City of Santa Paula. Applications are at the […]

Santa Paula: Measure T Status Report

Santa Paula: Measure T Status Report

By Sheryl Hamlin At the May 21, 2018 Santa Paula City Council meeting, José Luis Melgar, Vice-Chair of the Measure T Commission presented a status report including the following: -Status of Measure T Sales Tax Revenue for the Period April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018 -The Upcoming Annual Report -The 2018/2019 Allocation Recommendations The […]

Santa Paula: A New Idea from Measure T

Santa Paula: A New Idea from Measure T

 By Sheryl Hamlin The five member citizen oversight commission for Santa Paula’s Measure T Sales Tax (2016) convened on Wednesday, June 21, 2017 with a goal of establishing allocation recommendations for the new sales tax revenue, now estimated at about $2 million. Public Comments Five students spoke in public comments: Mireille Vargas, Mason Ramos Rodriquez, […]

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

Santa Paula: Unsolvable Structural Deficit

By Sheryl Hamlin The City Council of Santa Paula should not have been surprised when former Simi Valley City Manager Mike Sedell stated at the June 17, 2017 special Saturday meeting that there was a structural deficit. The previous consultant Dr. Gardner had told the council on two occasions there was a structural deficit: December […]

Santa Paula: Measure T Commission Faces Stark Realities of Budget

Santa Paula: Measure T Commission Faces Stark Realities of Budget

 By Sheryl Hamlin The second meeting of the Measure T commission was held on June 14, 2017. The inaugural meeting was reported here. Chair Kristin Majda reported all five members present along with staff members Rick Araiza, Interim City Manager, Mike Sedell, former Simi Valley City Manager and consultant, James Cotti, city attorney, Ed Mount, […]

Santa Paula: Measure T Oversight Commission Inaugural Meeting

Santa Paula: Measure T Oversight Commission Inaugural Meeting

 By Sheryl Hamlin Santa Paula voters approved a 1% sales tax increase in November 2016 which included the provision for an oversight commission. To read the full text of the ordinance defining the commission, click here. The members were chosen in April 2017 from a field of many applicants. The members of the Commission are: […]

Santa Paula: Inaugural Tax Measure Oversight Commission Chosen

Santa Paula: Inaugural Tax Measure Oversight Commission Chosen

By Sheryl Hamlin Taxing History In 2014, the City Council of Santa Paula approved a ballot measure, Measure F, a one cent sales tax which required monies to be divided into specific percentages for specific beneficiaries. A Specific Tax requires a 2/3 vote to pass. Measure F failed. In 2016, with the financial picture more […]

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