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What is a Utility User Tax or UUT?

A Utility Users Tax (UUT) is a tax on certain utility bills.  A UUT may be imposed by a city or county on the consumption of utility services. The tax is levied by the city or county on the consumer of the utility services, collected by the utility as a part of its regular billing procedure, and then remitted to the city or county.

Sierra Madre has had a UUT since 1993. Today, Sierra Madre residents and businesses pay a 10% UUT on electricity, gas, telephone (including cell phone and long distance), trash (sanitation/solid waste), cable television, water and sewer.  

Fiscal Impact

The UUT is a General Fund revenue source that funds general City services such as police, fire, paramedics, recreation and library services. UUT revenue makes up the second largest source of the City’s General Fund. This fiscal year, the UUT is projected to provide 24% of General Fund revenues. 

UUT and the 2018 Municipal Election

On April 10, 2018, voters will consider Measure D to repeal our UUT. The measure will require 50% + 1 of the “yes” vote to repeal our UUT.

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