In November 2012, Culver City voters approved Measure Y–A one-half percent transaction and use tax, adopted to maintain City of Culver City critical services. With limited exceptions, the transactions and use tax is imposed on the same goods and merchandise as the local sales and use tax. The 10-year measure gained overwhelming voter approval and went into effect in April 2013.
Measure Y provides necessary resources to address the City’s structural deficit issues and continue services at existing levels. Measure Y contains a sunset provision, which will result in the expiration of the measure on March 31, 2023, if not reauthorized by voters.
In April 2018, the City of Culver City hired a consulting firm, Fairbank, Maslin, Maulin, Mertz & Associates, to poll residents on whether they would support removing the sunset on the half-cent sales tax. Because of increasing fiscal pressures as outlined by the City Manager’s Budget Message in the Proposed Fiscal Year 2018-19 Budget, the City also polled whether voters would support raising the sales tax by a quarter of a percent. Sales tax revenues would include funding for the following: Culver City’s 911 emergency response services by retaining firefighters; fully staffing neighborhood fire stations; providing police officers and paramedics; performing graffiti removal; fixing potholes/streets; and maintaining storm drains, parks, community centers, after-school programs, and senior services, in addition to providing other general City services.
During the fourth quarter of Fiscal Year 2018, Measure Y sales taxes remained strong with an additional $2.2 million in revenue generated. Fiscal Year 2018 revenues for Measure Y were budgeted at $9.7 million. Approximately $9.7 million was collected in total, at 0.2% slightly above budgeted projections.
A total of $46.8 million in revenues has been raised since the measure's implementation
For more information, please email Shelly Wolfberg, Assistant to the City Manager or call (310) 253-6000.