How is the City developing a long-term solution to its funding needs?

The City of La Palma has been working in close partnership with local community members to proactively examine the budget and develop a plan to provide financial stability without impacting City services. That is why the City placed a local funding measure on the November 2022 ballot. 

This measure would increase the existing transient occupancy tax (TOT), also known as a hotel tax, by 4%. This increase would be comparable with neighboring communities, and would not raise taxes for La Palma residents — it applies only to overnight hotel and short-term rental guests. The measure would generate an estimated $200,000 in annual funding to maintain a variety of general city services for our residents.  

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1. Transient Occupancy Tax - Does that mean homeless?
2. Would this increase taxes for local residents?
3. What types of City services could this measure support?
4. How does La Palma’s hotel tax compare to other cities and towns within the area?
5. What contributes to the City of La Palma’s high quality of life?
6. What challenges is La Palma currently facing?
7. What has the City already done to cut costs?
8. How is the City developing a long-term solution to its funding needs?
9. Does the measure include fiscal accountability requirements?
10. What about property tax revenue? Doesn’t property tax revenue support local City services?
11. Can the state or federal governments access this funding?
12. Is this the right time to consider a local tax revenue measure?
13. How many votes are required for this measure to pass?