What is Measure PS?
It is a one cent sales tax that brings more services to our residents. It is used to fund repairs and improvements to Lynwood’s streets, sidewalks and alleys, improve public safety staffing and maintain recreation and community services.
When Do We Vote?
It will be on the ballot for the Tuesday November 5th election. Residents who are registered voters can either vote in person or by absentee ballots which are mailed to their homes.
Why Are We Voting on It Now?
The original measure was passed in 2016 with a provision to sunset in 2026. The city faces a deadline to extend it indefinitely as the county of Los Angeles is planning to raise its sales tax to the maximum level allowed by the state law.
Will our taxes go up?
No, the amount of sales tax you will pay will not change. What happens is if Measure PS passes, the money it raises will stay in Lynwood. If it fails, then the sales tax revenue will be spread to all of LA County, severely reducing what the city will have available to spend on programs and services.
If I Vote No, Will My taxes go down?
No, Lynwood residents would pay the same amount of sales tax because the county is going to raise its sales tax to the maximum. The only difference is the money won’t stay in Lynwood to improve our infrastructure, public safety and programs for residents.
So, to be clear, this is not a new tax?
Measure PS is not a new tax or additional tax.
What has the funding from Measure PS done for us since 2016?
The city has repaired more than 1.3 million square feet of our streets, filled nearly 10,000 potholes and cleaned more than 2 million square feet of alleys. In addition, we have increased public safety patrols and increased services to the community’s kids, adults and seniors in our Recreation and Community Services programs.
What Happens to these Services if Measure PS fails?
Like anyone who has less money to spend, the city will have to assess which programs and services and employees will need to be reduced and then act accordingly.