Garden Grove

1-cent sales tax proposal is studied

THE CONCEPT of a 1-cent sales tax for Garden Grove was studied in a survey conducted in October.

A 1-cent sales tax for public safety and other services was among those concepts studied in a survey of Garden Grove released on Friday.

The survey, which canvassed 400 residents by both landline and cell phones in October, was performed by Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates.

Proposed was this ballot measure:

“To retain police officers/firefighters/paramedics; maintain 911 emergency response times, fire stations/ emergency communications/life-saving equipment, gang/drug prevention/police patrols, senior services, youth/afterschool programs/parks; earthquake retrofit buildings; protect drinking water supplies; repair streets/potholes; and other general services; shall the City of Garden Grove establish a 1 cent sales tax providing $19,000,000 annually until ended by voters; requiring annual independent financial audits/ oversight, with all funds used locally?”

The poll showed that support for such a tax was high among the various political stances and regions of the city. Sixty-seven percent of Democrats expressed support, as did 67 percent of independents and 60 percent of Republicans.

Across the city, support was highest on the east side (70 percent), followed by the west (66 percent) and central (61 percent).

While the “local funding option” wording begins with police and fire services, it also refers to senior services, street repair and “general city services.”

Voters in Westminster in 2016 approved a 1-cent sales tax increase. Recent moves by state public employment retirement system officials have pushed many cities into a deficit-spending situation as the cost of paying pensions for city employees rise sharply.

Also, the survey showed that 67 percent of respondents felt that Garden Grove is “headed in the right direction,” and 76 percent felt that way about their own neighborhood.

Additionally, 66 percent felt that Garden Grove offered a “better quality of life than other nearby communities.” Problems most cited are the increase of homelessness and the lack of affordable housing.

The entire survey is available on the city’s website at:




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