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<br />20:8276 <br /> <br />.MINUTES <br /> <br />CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF ARCADIA <br /> <br />ADJOURNED. REGULAR MEETING <br /> <br />APRIL 19, 1973 <br /> <br />.~ <br /> <br />'mili "M <br /> <br />REVENUE <br />SHARING <br /> <br />The City Council of the City of Arcadia, California, met in an- <br />adjourned regular session on Thursday, April 19, 1973 at 7:30 p.m. <br />in the Conference Room of the Arcadia City Hall. <br /> <br />PRESENT: <br />ABSENT: <br /> <br />Councilmen Scott, Hage, Butterworth, Helms, Arth <br />None <br /> <br />Council received the City Manager's report concerning permissible <br />categories for the' use of funds from the Federal Revenue~Shatigg <br />Program. . To date the City has received $212,000 which is in the bank <br />and drawing interest. He listed some suggested priorities such as <br />using the money for picking up the City's share of the helicopter <br />program, the construction of the addition to the police facility, <br />completion of one-time projects, an equipment revolving fund and other <br />uses. The use of the funds for reducing taxes was also explored <br />however very little information has been available thus far but it is <br />considered a legal use. <br /> <br />Councilman Butterworth submitted his viewpoint and stated in part that <br />Council can receive two types of reports from the Manager: one can be <br />objective with balanced information on both sides and with that kind <br />of report Council is in a position where it can make a political <br />decision - on the other hand Council can receive a report based on <br />what he would like'to see Council do.' In this way C~uricil would <br />not be making a political decision; that 'would be the decision of the <br />city administration. He continued in part that due to the time element <br />Council cannot do the necessary research and is wholly dependent on <br />reports being accurate and comprehensive in order to make a political <br />decision. <br /> <br />1 <br /> <br />He noted that valuable information on the subject is available in the <br />city library. He referred to articles in the Wall Street Journal which <br />indicated that many cities are spending the money for police and fire <br />buildings...that actually the predominent use by many cities is for <br />property tax relief. He felt there are three courses of action: Use <br />the money for 1) police addition 2) property tax reduction and 3) set <br />it aside for emergencies such as wind storms, earthquakes and the like. <br />He recalled that during the bond issue campaign last November what was <br />heard most from the citizens was that there was a lack of communication. <br />He suggested giving consideration to some type of citizen contact <br />seeking a preference as to the use of this windfall. <br /> <br />Councilman Helms submitted another possibility which seems to have <br />appeal for some of the businessmen with whom he had talked: Lend the <br />money to the Community Redevelopment Agency and as CRA progresses the <br />loan is paid off at interest. The City would not only get the money <br />back but would receive interest and the property tax base would increase. <br /> <br />Councilman Hage was not certain in his own mind that property taxes <br />should be reduced as the revenue sharing money did not necessarily come <br />from property owners. He referred to the possibility of removing the <br />utility tax which affects everyone and to which there is much objection. <br /> <br />Mayor Arth felt there is merit in this latter suggestion; that there <br />is little logic in the approach that the money must be spent this year <br />or the City would get less next year. Councilman Helms agreed and'made a <br />further observation that the property tax for the City is less than a <br /> <br />4-19-73 <br /> <br />- 1 - <br />