Moratorium Fails 3-2

The City Council of Temple City voted 3-2 in favor of adopting an urgency ordinance for a proposed moratorium on all non-sales tax producing businesses in Temple City on February 19, 2008.

Ordinance 08-919U, the emergency ordinance drafted by City Attorney and City Manager Charles R. Martin, failed because it required four out of five council votes. Councilmembers Fernando Vizcarra and Judy Wong voted against it.

Had the ordinance passed, for forty-five days, all incoming businesses must produce at least 50% of sales tax in order to move into Temple City.

Temple City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Payne called the ordinance “premature.” She also added there were twenty-nine vacancies on Las Tunas Drive. Payne shared her concerns that rents for Temple City buildings are too high.

“We need to start bringing in some revenue” counted Councilman Dave Capra, who supported the moratorium.

Both Payne and Capra agreed the economy was a concern, but Payne urged the City Council to look for another plan.

“The moratorium is…a vindictive punishment type of action” stated Councilman Vizcarra, “I don’t think that’s the message we want to convey to potential businessmen.”

The failure to increase sales tax revenues in Temple City has been an alarming problem for years. City Manager Martin has warned the City to act quickly; otherwise there may be a need for a utility tax to fund the government of Temple City.

The initial push came from Councilman Ken Gillanders, who brought up the issue at the February 5, 2008 City Council meeting. Councilwoman Cathé Wilson motioned to adopt the urgency ordinance and Councilman Gillanders seconded her motion.

“Incentives [are] much better than restrictions” said Councilwoman Judy Wong, prior to announcing her vote. Wong added, “The moratorium is not a resolution for [Temple City]. [Temple City] needs to move forward.”
The City Council of Temple City voted 3-2 in favor of adopting an urgency ordinance for a proposed moratorium on all non-sales tax producing businesses in Temple City on February 19, 2008.

Ordinance 08-919U, the emergency ordinance drafted by City Attorney and City Manager Charles R. Martin, failed because it required four out of five council votes. Councilmembers Fernando Vizcarra and Judy Wong voted against it.

Had the ordinance passed, for forty-five days, all incoming businesses must produce at least 50% of sales tax in order to move into Temple City.

Temple City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Linda Payne called the ordinance “premature.” She also added there were twenty-nine vacancies on Las Tunas Drive. Payne shared her concerns that rents for Temple City buildings are too high.

“We need to start bringing in some revenue” counted Councilman Dave Capra, who supported the moratorium.

Both Payne and Capra agreed the economy was a concern, but Payne urged the City Council to look for another plan.

“The moratorium is…a vindictive punishment type of action” stated Councilman Vizcarra, “I don’t think that’s the message we want to convey to potential businessmen.”

The failure to increase sales tax revenues in Temple City has been an alarming problem for years. City Manager Martin has warned the City to act quickly; otherwise there may be a need for a utility tax to fund the government of Temple City.

The initial push came from Councilman Ken Gillanders, who brought up the issue at the February 5, 2008 City Council meeting. Councilwoman Cathé Wilson motioned to adopt the urgency ordinance and Councilman Gillanders seconded her motion.

“Incentives [are] much better than restrictions” said Councilwoman Judy Wong, prior to announcing her vote. Wong added, “The moratorium is not a resolution for [Temple City]. [Temple City] needs to move forward.”

 

This article was written by Randy Shun. It was published in the Temple City Voice on June 18, 2008.

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