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.
Online Informational Presentation on Measure DB - Two Opportunities To Join
|This presentation will provide information and answer questions regarding Measure DB that if approved could generate an additional $3.8 million of local funding to support essential City services and address currently unfunded community needs and priorities. Pre-registration is required. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.|
|Wednesday, September 16 | 6:30 p.m. Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/661975678581903374|
|Saturday, September 19 | 10:30 a.m. Registration Link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5264861205940642318|
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.
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?
July 28, 2020 | Assistant City Manager Ryan McLean
Update on the City's Response to COVID-19
Four months on we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. It is, without question, a trying time that has upended our daily lives and forced us to adapt to a radically different world. As we do so, let’s be sure to keep our community safe and healthy by remembering to practice social distancing, wear a face covering, and wash our hands regularly when out and about.
Let’s also not forget the local merchants, restauranteurs, and service providers that make up our business community. We count on them to be the lifeblood of the local economy, to create local jobs, to support our nonprofits and sports teams, and contribute to Diamond Bar’s community character and identity. They need us right now more than ever to support them to the greatest extent possible. Read More.