Sales tax in the city of Compton just went up to 10%. 23 days after the June 7th election, Dean Logan’s staff at the LA County Registrar and Recorders office have finished counting all ballots and what was thought to be a defeat, has turned into a much needed victory for the city’s mayor.[adsenseyu2]
The Penny for Progress campaign is supposed to be a launching pad to enhance and restore vital services to the city’s nearly 100,000 residents.
The final vote count? 6,834 residents voted YES, while 6,608 voted NO.
In the spirit of transparency, an oversight committee will be established to oversee how the funds will be spent.
Residents have mixed feelings in regards to the passage, yet look forward to seeing if progress will come to the city.
In nearby Carson, an oversight committee was established to oversee the User Utility Tax account. On June 7th, Carson residents voted to extend the tax, which is only assessed on their utilities, not purchases made in the city.
Last year 2 Urban Girls was contacted by members of the oversight committee who complained about the lack of transparency, due to the city’s failure to provide documents requested by the committee.
Residents should be asking their council members if the city’s municipal code will be amended to dictate where the funds are to go and how they are to be spent. Otherwise, if the funds go into the general fund, they will have a bear of a time trying to figure it out.
2 Urban Girls acknowledges the city has increased transparency on how money is being spent, by having warrants on the city council agenda for the residents to peruse. Additionally, with increased social media presence, and encouraging residents to watch the council meetings, is another step in the right direction.
Will this be enough to get the mayor re-elected come April?