On March 3, 2020, Norwalk’s voters will decide if they want to approve a three-quarter-cent local sales tax that would generate approximately $7 million annually to support Norwalk’s essential services and community programs. The Norwalk City Council unanimously decided to place this measure, called the Norwalk Essential Services and Public Safety Measure, before voters to empower the community.
If passed by a majority of Norwalk voters in March 2020, the Norwalk Essential Services and Public Safety Measure would bring the current local sales tax rate of 9.5% to 10.25%. This increase would allow the City to continue supporting and maintaining essential public safety and neighborhood services while also preventing cuts to the services residents and businesses rely on every day. This revenue would allow for the continued investment in community services and will help keep Norwalk’s schools, parks and streets safe and clean for further enjoyment and increased quality of life.
Money generated from this measure would go to the City’s general fund, which the City Council could use to support all City-services, including Sheriff response times and neighborhood patrols, gang prevention and youth anti-violence programs, repairs to streets and sidewalks, parks and recreation programs and facilities, and homeless prevention services, as well as expanding important emergency services like traffic and pedestrian safety, among others.
Should voters not approve the Norwalk Essential Services and Public Safety Measure, the City
forecasts its operating budget deficit will increase from over $2 million in 2021 to a cumulative
total of almost $18 million in just five years unless additional revenues are secured or the City’s operating expenses are not reduced accordingly.
The City Council’s number one priority is to ensure Norwalk’s future is strong for generations to come. We will continue engaging and educating all community members about the Norwalk Essential Services and Public Safety Measure and the impacts on City services if voters approve the measure.
For additional information on the Norwalk Essential Services and Public Safety Measure and the March 3, 2020 election, please continue to visit this page or call 562-929-5735 to learn more about this measure and the effect it would have on the operation of Norwalk’s daily services.
The statements provided herein are solely for informational purposes. The City cannot take a position to ask voters to vote either “yes” or “no”.