By Terry Miller
Arcadia’s Measure A, a three-quarter cent sales tax increase, passed with an impressive 63.94 percent of the vote in Tuesday’s mail in vote.
On March 5, 2019, the Arcadia City Council unanimously placed Measure A – a sales tax measure – on the June 4, 2019 Special Election ballot. Measure A will now provide locally-controlled funds to maintain Arcadia’s public safety and other city services.
According to the Arcadia Citizen’s Fiscal Advisory Committee’s (CFAC) Final Report, after a thorough and comprehensive review of the city’s finances, additional revenue was required to maintain city services at current levels. For example, the city currently has five fewer police officers than it did in 2008. Without additional revenue, the City Council might have had to consider reductions in city services in order to balance the budget.