City Council Discuss Measure K Funds, Considers Citizens Oversight Committee

The main topic up for discussion was the upcoming Nov. 5 special election. – File photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

By Vicky Nguyen

City Council members addressed concerns on how funds from Measure K, or the Keep Monrovia Revenue Local Sales Tax, would be spent should the local sales tax measure pass, during a City Council meeting on Tuesday. In anticipation of the measure passing, City Council deliberated how to best reach out to the community for input, including the possibility of a citizen’s oversight committee.

Measure K would raise the local tax by 0.75% to the highest rate allowed by law at 10.25%. This would prevent L.A. County and other organizations from imposing any other taxes. While the city would receive an estimated $4.5 million per year if the measure passes, the City Council acknowledged the lack of definitive plan for how that money would be spent.

Tuesday’s council meeting. – Courtesy screenshot / KGEM

“Where that money is going to be spent? I know our City Council is very deeply concerned about that money and how it will be spent and will want to include the community on that.” Councilmember Becky Shevlin said. “No one wants to see increased taxes. This is a question as to who’s going to have control over that .75 gap? It will be filled by someone. And we’re saying we’d rather it be us, that we have control over that money,” Shevlin added.

Mayor Pro Tem Larry Spicer openly expressed his support for the measure.

“I just voted by mail. I voted for the measure because I prefer to give it to the city than to some other organization,” Spicer said. “The money that the city receives, it can go out and do some other things that we need to fix in the community.”

Voters will be able to vote on the measure on during the special election on Nov. 5.

City council members addressed concerns on how funds from Measure K, or the Keep Monrovia Revenue Local Sales Tax, would be spent, should the local sales tax measure pass during a city council meeting on Tuesday.

In anticipation of the measure passing, city council deliberated how to best reach out to the community for input, including the possibility of a citizen’s oversight committee.

Measure K would raise the local tax by 0.75% to highest rate allowed by law at 10.25%. This would prevent LA County and other organizations from imposing any other taxes. While the city would receive an estimated $4.5 million per year if the measure passes, the city council acknowledged the lack of definitive plan for how that money would be spent

“Where that money is going to be spent? I know our city council is very deeply concerned about that money and how it will be spent and will want to include the community on that.” city council member Becky Shelvin said. “No one wants to see increased taxes. This is a question as to who’s going to have control over that .75 gap? It will be filled by someone. And we’re saying we’d rather it be us that we have control over that money,” Shelvin said.

Mayor Pro Tem Larry Splicer openly expressed his support for the measure.

“I just voted by mail. I voted for the measure, because I prefer to give it to the city than to some other organization,” Splicer said. “The money that the city receives, it can go out and do some other things that we need to fix in the community.”

Voters will be able to vote on the measure on during the special election on Nov 5.

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