Lindsay voters pass Measure O
By Paul Myers
lindsay – Lindsay City Hall exhausted a collective sigh of relief last week when Measure O passed. As a result of the City’s additional percent in sales tax, Lindsay is expected to bring in an additional $908,000 in revenue.
According to Lindsay finance director Bret Harmon, Measure O is a transactions and use tax, or a district tax, rather than a sales tax.
“The two are similar enough that people generally refer to both as sales tax. The main difference is a district tax is a destination-based tax rather than a point-of-sale tax (sales tax). In most cases the two are the same – service stations, brick and mortar department store and restaurants, where the destination and point of sale are both the cash register,” Harmon said in an email to the Sun-Gazette in April. “They differ with certain transactions dealing with items shipped into or delivered into the community. Measure O would apply to new car purchases or used car purchases made by people who reside in the ‘district’ (City of Lindsay in this case).
The Lindsay City Council passed a draft resolution on April 25 stating that Measure O dollars will go to: hire, equip and train new public safety and code enforcement officers; to replace aging, second-hand public safety vehicles and equipment; to better protect and serve residents of and visitors to the City; to perform repairs to damaged or aging infrastructure; and to maintain other essential public services.
The Council’s resolution also instructs Harmon to track the revenues and expenditures of Measure O separately in the budget.
“Be it further resolved that the City Council of the City of Lindsay hereby directs staff to track Measure ‘O’ expenditures and include those expenditures as a part of its annual budget reporting to ensure City Council’s priorities are being followed.”
The increase will take effect 110 from June 6 and at the first of the first month of the next calendar quarter. The cash flow cycle takes another three months after that meaning Lindsay will begin to see increases to their sales tax next January.
The latest canvass report shows that Measure O carries 67.74% of the vote with 380 votes while 181 voters voted no on the measure as of press time. According to the Tulare County Elections Office canvass report there are 2,789 registered voters in the city of Lindsay and will be completed on June 19.