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How Should Monrovia Spend Its New $4.5 Million Sales Tax Revenue?

Remember the Measure K sales tax Monrovia passed for itself? Well, the city wants to know how you think it should spend the money.

Take this 9-question "Measure K Preliminary Spending Plan Community Survey" here:

On November 5, 2019, residents of Monrovia voted to approve Measure K, the Keep Monrovia Revenues Local Sales Tax Measure, to ensure new sales tax revenues stay in Monrovia to be reinvested into the community. Measure K will generate an estimated $4.5 million per year in additional sales tax revenues for the City. Leading up to the election, a preliminary five-year expenditure plan was developed, identifying community enhancing projects. Those who choose to take the survey will be asked to rank these spending plan options, which includes:

  • Establishing a new and/or improved community center
  • Reducing costs for residents by decreasing utility bills, such as water
  • Working towards a AAA credit rating by building the rainy day fund and planning for future costs increases
  • Investing in public buildings, park improvements and community facilities
  • Addressing other community priorities like affordable housing, preventing homelessness, youth programs and public safety, etc.

After April 30, the findings of the survey will be discussed by the Monrovia City Council, along with the Measure K Citizens Advisory Committee, and will be shared with the community. Hard copies of the surveys are available upon request. The new sales tax will go into effect on April 1, 2020. For additional information on Measure K, visit

Source: City of Monrovia press release

- Brad Haugaard

1 comment:

  1. Whoopie! More money to spend!
    I noticed that none of the questions on the survey included paying down existing obligations or returning the funds that had been "borrowed" from the Utilities (Water) Enterprise Fund over the years to pay for things unrelated to maintaining the water system (the only legal reason for the use of that Enterprise Fund). Just more of "where can we spend this money" thinking, as usual. This is why I retired early after 20 years with the City. Good luck Monrovia; the bills will eventually come due at a time when the economy may not be able to support it!