Q: Is this a new revenue source for the City?
A: No, Since 1934, the Pasadena Charter provisions calling for the annual transfer of funds have previously gone to and passed by voters a combined total of 7 times. To maintain the current voter-approved funding, the City Council is placing it on the ballot.
Q: What challenges is the city facing?
A: The City of Pasadena is already suffering from a $30 million loss due to the economic effects of COVID-19. Using reserved funds and delaying projects and programs, the city has continued to serve and establish programs for Pasadena residents and businesses during this health crisis. If the city loses the longstanding transfer to the general fund, approximately $18 million in city services and programs would be reduced or eliminated.
Q: What are the funds used for?
A: These funds help support emergency 911 response, fire, paramedics, public health programs, senior services, homelessness programs, street repairs, clean and safe public areas along with other general services.
Q: What more will the measure do?
A: The Charter amendment simply protects current funding levels that provide the services residents receive today. If approved by a majority of Pasadena voters, the measure will also require annual independent audits with public disclosure of all spending, and reduce and limit the Light & Power Fund transfer to not more than 12%.
Q: Is this a new tax?
Q: Does the measure raise taxes?
Q: Does the measure raise utility rates?
Q: Do the funds benefit the local community?
A: Yes. The funds remain local even during medical emergencies, natural disasters, or federal and state budget cuts. Locally generated funds are locally controlled to protect essential City services that maintain and improve the quality of life for the benefit of Pasadena residents.