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Residents Support Essential City Services

Post Date:11/28/2018 12:46 PM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Steve S. Charelian, Finance Director
City of Manhattan Beach
(310) 802-5555
www.citymb.info

Manhattan Beach Residents Support Maintaining Essential City Services by Bringing Hotel Rate in Line with Neighboring Cities

Manhattan Beach, CA (November 28, 2018) – A recently commissioned survey shows Manhattan Beach residents value a safe, clean and well-maintained City. Ensuring funding to keep Manhattan Beach a special place to live and protecting the quality of life were of high importance to residents. 

The survey - conducted by the City’s long-term public opinion firm, True North Research on October 3 -October 10, showed 76% of residents would support a measure to update the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT). The City’s current hotel rate is 10%. A TOT measure does not raise taxes on Manhattan Beach residents, as it only applies to guests who stay in the City’s local hotels and motels. 

“Manhattan Beach currently has one of the lowest hotel tax rates among coastal cities like El Segundo and Hermosa Beach,” said Manhattan Beach Finance Director Steve Charelian, “Adjusting our hotel rate simply brings it in line with neighboring cities.”

Residents also identified the following public safety and essential City services as community spending priorities:

  • providing quick responses to 9-1-1 emergencies;
  • providing police services including neighborhood police patrols, crime prevention and investigations;
  • maintaining streets and repairing potholes;
  • keeping public areas clean and free of graffiti; and
  • providing fire protection and emergency medical services.

“It is important to identify additional sources of revenue to address pressure on the General Fund and ensure adequate funding for essential City services such as police and fire, street/pothole repair, building and safety, and parks,” said City Manager Bruce Moe. The revenue generated by the increase in the TOT can be used to maintain and enhance all essential services. 

To view the community opinion survey results and graphical representations of the data, go to the City’s dedicated webpage, www.citymb.info/communitysurvey.  The City Council will consider placing a measure on the March 5, 2019 election ballot at the next City Council meeting scheduled for December 4, 2018.

 

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