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The 2001 Committee to Repeal the 6% Utility Users Tax
invites you to review the information on this website
- we have included many source documents -


*Special note, Oct. 2007:  Purely by coincidence, the 2007 City-sponsored measure to increase the UUT was given the same ballot letter designation as the 2001 Citizen-sponsored measure to repeal the UUT!

To review detailed information, click on "Facts," above.

  Please note:  We updated this page until election day [Nov. 2001], at which time it was "frozen."  Information added to this website after election day 2001 will be on the Updates page.

A brief outline of our position:

The City has had budget surpluses for the last five years.
The most recent annual surpluses ($2.4 million last year and $1.5 million the year before that) have been roughly equal to the income from the Utility Tax.
Since the City does not need the Utility Tax money in order to balance its budget, the Council's threats of massive layoffs, no sewer and street repairs, etc., are false.
The Council would like to keep the Utility Tax in place as a "pad," so that they don't have to perform the detailed and often confrontational oversight required to control the City's spending on staff overtime, on overblown projects such as the current $2 million+ remodel of a portion of City Hall, and on the extraordinary legal and police/fire costs arising from the downtown club scene.

To residents who see paying the UUT as a reasonable civic contribution, we suggest donating instead to our schools and library, which do not have surpluses.
They have an enormous effect on our quality of life and our property values.


Please note:  We will continue to update this page until election day, at which time it will be "frozen."  Information added to this site after election day will be on the Updates page.

To review detailed information, click on "Facts," above.

All documents displayed or used on this website were obtained lawfully.
 Search terms for this page, including alternate spellings. The location is Hermosa Beach, Hermosa, City of Hermosa Beach, California, South Bay, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach, Los Angeles, County of Los Angeles, United States, USA, U.S.A., U.S., US. City Councilmembers are: Patrick "Kit" Bobko, Kit Bobko, John Bowler, John L. Bowler, John Lance Bowler, Sam Edgerton, Sam Y. Edgerton, Samuel Y. Edgerton, Samuel Y. Edgerton III, Julie Oakes, Julia A. Oakes, Kathy Dunbabin, Kathryn H. Dunbabin, JR Reviczky, J.R. Reviczky, Reviczky, Julius Reviczky, Julius B. Reviczky, Peter Tucker, Art Yoon, Michael D. Keegan, Michael Keegan. City manager is Steve Burrell, Stephen R. Burrell. City treasurer is John Workman, John M. Workman. No on H organizers are Jean Lombardo, Susan Blaco. Subject of the election is: tax, taxes, utility tax, repeal, municipal election, election, Measure H, Measure D, November 2001, November 6, 2001, November 1999, November, 2001, 1999, budget, surplus, surpluses. We are concerned about: government waste, overtime, police overtime, foot patrol, City Hall, City Hall remodel, fire engine, fire engines, fire department, Pier Avenue Plaza, Pier Plaza, Plaza, Pier Avenue, sewers, capital improvement, police department, police, crime, robbery, assault. Some of the clubs, bars, restaurant, or restaurants are: Sangria, Patrick Molloys, Patrick Molloy's, Aloha Sharkeez, Sharks Cove, Shark's Cove, Hennesseys, Club Sushi, The Shore, Union Cattle Company. More opposition: Chamber of Commerce, Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce, Police Officer's Association, Police Officers Association.
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