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Measure A

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On March 5, 2019, the City of Manhattan Beach held a General Municipal Election where Measure A was considered by voters. Measure A was passed with 76.5% of voters in approval.  

Per the Ordinance passed by voters, the hotel bed tax rate will remain 10% until April 30, 2020. Commencing May 1, 2020, the tax rate will increase to 12%. After April 30, 2022, the City Council may consider increasing the hotel bed tax to a maximum of 14%. There can be no increases beyond 14% without additional voter approval. 

Measure A is on the Ballot2Background

On December 4, 2018, the Manhattan Beach City Council unanimously placed Measure A on the March 5, 2019 ballot.  If enacted by voters, Measure A ensures visitors to our City continue to pay their share, while re-investing in our City’s public safety and long-term fiscal stability. 

Manhattan Beach currently has one of the lowest hotel bed tax rates among neighboring cities like El Segundo, Hermosa Beach and Los Angeles – all of whom have rates higher than our current rate.  Adjusting our City’s hotel bed tax rate up to a maximum of 14%, would simply bring Manhattan Beach in line with neighboring cities.

If enacted, Measure A generates funding for s community priorities such as:

  • providing quick responses to 911 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.

Measure A does not increase taxes for Manhattan Beach residents or homeowners who are not hotel or
lodging guests. Only those who stay in hotel rooms or lodging overnight in Manhattan Beach will pay for
Measure A. 

Measure A includes responsible accountability provisions by requiring annual financial audits and public review of expenditures. By law, NO funds can be taken by Sacramento. These safeguards will ensure funds will be used efficiently and effectively.

For more information on Measure A, we encourage you to visit the links below.


Measure A Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

City Council Resolution Placing Measure A on the Ballot

Measures A Informational Presentation

Community Opinion Survey

MBUSD Resolution Supporting Measure A