Sierra Madre


Sierra Madre Ballot Statement in Favor of Measure D

“Stop the Utility Users Tax”

Sierra Madre faces a grave fiscal crisis that many residents are not aware of. Neither the City Council nor the staff has adequately reported Sierra Madre’s dire fiscal situation caused by growing debt, chronic overspending and increasing taxes.

Although Sierra Madre’s population has not changed in 10 years, the General Fund from 2006 – 2016 grew an astonishing 55% from $6.1 million to $9.4 million while total city revenues grew 25% from $17.5 million to $21.4 million.


The City claims to have tried to reduce employee compensation, yet in 2016, 36% of full time employees earned over $100,000 in pay and benefits. (Source www.transparentcalifornia.com).

The Big Story is our burgeoning pension debt. Sierra Madre residents are on the hook for paying city employees up to 90% of their salaries for the rest of their lives. Sierra Madre’s pension debt is officially over $10 million. But the real number, according to Stanford Institute for Economic Research, could be as much as $40 million, 185% of the city’s total annual budget (Source: www.pensiontracker.org). Government elites enjoy pay, pensions and job security the average taxpayer can only dream about. This city, like other cities in California, is on the brink of insolvency.

We do not need the 10% utility tax voted in in 2016. The City needs to get spending under control. The City must move employees to 401(k) retirement plans and pay off the pension debt.

Give taxpayers the relief they need and VOTE YES to Stop the Utility Users Tax.

Earl Richey
Real Estate Investor
Proponent of Measure D
Sierra Madre Resident

David McMonigle
Marketing Executive
Proponent of Measure D
Sierra Madre Resident

 

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure D

Don’t be fooled! According to the California Tax Limitation Committee (CATLC.net), the City claims it will lose 24% ($2.6 million) of the General Fund if they lose the utility tax revenue. They fail to mention that over the last ten years, General Fund revenues grew a shocking 55% (from $6.1 million to $9.4 million.) General Fund spending grew an equally shocking 46% over the same period from $5.5 million to $8 million. Considering the 2016 salaries and benefits earned by highest-paid city employees (TransparentCalifornia.com), it’s obvious they spent the “surplus” on themselves.

City Manager $233,947
Dev Services Dir $141,190
Public Safety Dir. $194,186
Police Officer $135,183
Public Works Dir. $173,055
Police Corporal $133,587
Police Sergeant $163,826
Fire Captain $133,144
Finance Director $160,826
Dep PW Director $130,797
Fire Chief $160,385
Police Officer $130,485
Dep PW Director $151,684
Assist City Manager $128,169
Fire Captain $150,287
Fire Captain $123,232
Fire Captain $149,683
Planning Manager $115,618
Police Sergeant $144,922
Accounting Manager $107,523

Claims that repealing the Utility Tax will require drastic cuts in city services, namely police and fire, are nonsense. The City has a spending problem, not a revenue problem. It needs to stop expecting taxpayers to keep footing the bill, and get spending under control.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE D TO REPEAL THE SIERRA MADRE UTILITY TAX!

David McMonigle
Marketing Executive
Proponent of Measure D
Sierra Madre Resident


January 25, 2018

Sierra Madre’s population is approximately 11,000 people and is statistically unchanged over the last 10 years.

Revenues and Expenditures 2006 to 2016:
General Fund revenues grew 55% from $6.1 million to $9.4 million
Total city revenues grew 25% from $17.5 million to $21.4 million.

City Employee Compensation 2016:
36% of full time employees earned over $100,000 in pay and benefits. (Source www.transparentcalifornia.com).

Pension Debt:  
Depending on number of years of employment, Sierra Madre residents are on the hook for paying city employees up to 90% of their salaries for the rest of their lives.  

CalPERS states Sierra Madre’s pension debt is  $10.7 million.

But the real number, according to Stanford Institute for Economic Research, could be as much as $40 million.

$40 million is 185% of the city’s total annual budget.  
(Source: www.pensiontracker.org)

Government elites enjoy pay, pensions and job security the average taxpayer can only dream about.  This city, like other cities in California, is on the brink of insolvency.


City of Sierra Madre Employees 2016 Total Pay & Benefits

*over $80,000 annually 

City Manager’s Department:  
City Manager $233,947
Assistant City Manager $128,169
Assistant City Manager $89,562
   
Public Works Department:  
Public Works Director $173,055
Dep PW Director $151,684
Dep PW Director $130,797
Water Leadworker $87,352
Water Leadworker $87,305
Water Pump Operator $82,052
   
Finance Department:  
Finance Director $160,826
Accounting Manager $107,523
   
Planning & Community Development:  
Development Services Director $141,190
Planning Manager $115,618
   
Human Resources Department:  
Management Analyst $98,540
HR Analyst $84,710
   
Police and Fire Departments:  
Public Safety Director $194,186
   
Police Sergeant $163,826
Police Sergeant $144,922
Police Officer $135,183
Police Corporal $133,587
Police Officer $130,485
Police Officer $94,447
   
Fire Chief $160,385
Fire Captain $150,287
Fire Captain $149,683
Fire Captain $133,144
Fire Captain $123,232

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