During its regular meeting of July 21, 2020, the Diamond Bar City Council gave its approval to place a local general-purpose Transactions and Use Tax (TUT) on the November 3, 2020 ballot for voter consideration.
If passed by Diamond Bar voters, the measure would increase the local sales tax rate from 9.5 percent to 10.25 percent. This increase amounts to an extra three-quarters of a cent for every $1 of taxable items, which do not include groceries or medications.
In terms of funds generated, it would raise approximately $3.8 million annually that could be invested in any number of areas that include enhanced public safety, local road improvements, maintenance of community facilities such as the library and Diamond Bar Center, and development of new recreational spaces that include construction of a new park on Sunset Crossing Road.
City Budget Presentation
The Fiscal Year 2020-21 adopted Diamond Bar Operating Budget uses a combination of anticipated recurring revenues and reserve funds to pay for projects, programs, and services designed to keep City parks, facilities and roads safe, clean and attractive and add to the quality of life of residents and visitors.
Watch this presentation to learn where local revenue comes from, how it is invested in the community, and what role residents play in the budget process.
Measure DB Presentation
On September 16 and 19, 2020, the City held a virtual presentation to share information about Measure DB. If approved, the revenue generated by Measure DB will help fund park construction and renovation projects, public safety and crime prevention services, street and road repairs and improvements, among other community priorities and needs.
This presentation by Diamond Bar Assistant City Manager Ryan McLean concludes with a Q-and-A session.
Local Revenue Quick Quiz
Do you know much Measure DB can potentially generate? How about the difference between sales tax and property tax?
Find the answers to these and other questions by taking a quick quiz – it’s only three-and-a-half minutes long and consists of five questions. You'll have seven seconds to answer each question.
- What type of measure is being considered?
- Why have local revenue trends slowed?
- How much would the measure generate?
- How would the funding be used?
- Can the State or County divert the funds from Diamond Bar?
- If Diamond Bar voters were to not approve a City sales tax measure, could the sales tax rate in Diamond Bar increase anyway?
- Would there be accountability/transparency protections in place for this measure?
- Have other local Cities adopted a sales tax increase?
- What has the City done to proactively manage costs?
October 6, 2020 | Assistant City Manager Ryan McLean
What is Measure DB on the Local Ballot?
With the November 3 election now a matter of days away, voters are busy studying the issues in preparation to cast their votes. In addition to choosing local, state, and federal elected representatives, voters will consider a number of statewide propositions and local measures. One of those is Measure DB which would increase the local sales tax rate by three-quarters of one percent, generating revenues for the Diamond Bar community of up to $3.8 million annually. These revenues would stay in the city and could not be taken by the county or state. When considering a matter such as Measure DB, it's helpful to understand how the City receives revenue to fund fiscal year 2020-21 General Fund appropriations of $25 million. Almost 65% comes from just three sources. Read More.