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Local Sales Tax Measure U formally known as Measure I

In November 2007, the citizens of Delano approved and authorized a one-percent (1%) 10-year sales tax increase known as Measure I which will set to expire April 2018.  Funds from this measure were to be used for essential general services, including but not limited to police and fire services, streets, parks and recreation and other General Fund services. 

Measure U is to extend the existing 1% transaction and use tax Measure I.  The extension of the local sales and use tax Measure I will continue to provide local funds to provide essential services, which could include but are not limited to police and fire services, street improvements, parks and recreation programs and other General Fund services.  On August 1, 2016, the City Council approved via resolution to amend the existing ordinance 3.18.20 of the City of Delano Municipal Code and ordered the submission of a measure to the County relating to the extension of the City's existing sales and use tax to the qualified voters of the city at a special municipal election to be held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016.  The extension of Measure I will be noted on the ballot as Measure U.  No increase in the City's sales and use tax is being proposed, Measure U is proposing an extension of 10 years to the current one-percent (1%) sales and use tax in the City of Delano.    

As a means of checks and balances for these funds, the City Council ordinance will continue to require a continuance of an Independent Citizens Review Committee to oversee the effective and efficient utilization of these additional funds and an independent accounting firm will perform an annual audit as specified in Government Code Section 6505.

Why are we doing this?

The City of Delano continues to face financial challenges due to various factors that include economic downturn, rising pension and healthcare costs, and unprecedented state takeaways due to ERAF shift coupled with additional unfunded state mandates, and the abolishment of the redevelopment agency.

In order to resolve some of these issues, the City has taken and is taking necessary steps to reduce its operational costs such as reforming employee pensions and implementing cost saving and efficiencies by consolidating services and eliminating unnecessary overhead.  The City Council has continued to seek alternative measures to address the driving costs and secure local revenues from the state.

For More Information

If you need more information, please contact the City Clerk's office at 661-720-2228.