Information on Measure HH, Essential City Services
Measure HH Update
Preliminary results have indicated that Measure HH, 1% sales tax increase, has been approved by the voters of Fountain Valley at 59% yes and 40% no. We’re very encouraged by these returns and look forward to additional result tallies. If approved, Measure HH will provide vital funding for essential city services such as police, fire, street repair and park maintenance.
The Orange County Registrar of Voters will certify the November 8 election results by December 8th as required. The City has adjusted the meeting schedule based upon this timeline so the official results will be implemented at the December 13 City Council Meeting which will also be City Council Reorganization night.
Once the November 8 election results have been certified, it is anticipated that staff will work with City Council in drafting a “Measure HH Implementation Plan” that will include all of the elements such as “oversight” and “accountability” to be adopted by the City Council after the first of the year. In terms of the oversight committee, City Council will define the selection process, the reporting role, the timeline in which the committee meets. The sales tax increase will go into effect in April 2017.
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August 15, 2016Dear Neighbor:
On July 19th, the Fountain Valley City Council voted to place Measure HH — the Fountain Valley 911 Response/Police-Fire/Essential City Services Measure on the November 2016 ballot. If enacted by Fountain Valley voters, Measure HH provides our City with funding to maintain vital community services such as police and fire, including keeping both of the current Fountain Valley fire stations open.
The State of California has taken approximately $100,000,000 of Fountain Valley’s money—causing reductions to the services our residents rely on. Measure HH was placed on the ballot to provide a reliable source of locally-controlled funding that can’t be taken by Sacramento.
Measure HH is a temporary local sales tax — not a tax on your home, business or property. Sales tax is also not applied to prescription medication or food purchased as groceries. And out-of-town visitors who come to our City will also be sharing the cost to address the following community, Fire and Police department priorities:
- Maintain 911 emergency response, neighborhood patrols and special crime suppression units that fight gangs and drugs
- Keep both Fountain Valley fire stations open
- Maintain police cadet recruitment and training programs, and front desk service
- Maintain school crossing guards/school resource officers
- Upgrade emergency 911 emergency radios and communication equipment
In addition to Measure HH, several other issues such as State Propositions, legislative and City Council elections will also appear on Fountain Valley’s November 8th ballot.
For official information about the Fountain Valley Measure, visit this page regularly to get more information . For information about how to vote, contact the Fountain Valley City Clerk’s Office at 714-593-4445 or the Orange County Registrar of Voters at www.ocvote.com.
Thank you, and we will continue to keep the community informed through the Fall on our efforts to maintain your essential services.
Bob Hall Daniel Llorens Tony Coppolino
City Manager Police Chief Fire Chief