A Letter to Artesia Residents from the City Manager Regarding Measure M

The city manager explains Measure M on the November ballot, and how voter support will help protect important community services, like public safety and street maintenance.

Dear Artesia Resident:

On July 23, the , on the November ballot to update Artesia’s existing, but outdated, Business License Ordinance. Among other objectives, Measure M will help maintain current levels of public safety and street maintenance, and will give Artesia local control over local funds for local needs. 

State takeaways have already had a tremendous impact on our local budget and are the most significant reason why our . Placing this ballot measure serves the dual purpose of securing local funds that cannot be taken by Sacramento, while updating an out-of-date law.

Artesia’s current business license ordinance has not been updated for more than 20 years! It is unfair to current businesses that are classified and pay the rates, while others do not. An update would make it more equitable for all businesses, based on size and type. 

In planning Measure M, we worked closely with group of local business and community leaders to get feedback before moving forward. They suggested and we agreed that our community’s small businesses must be protected. Thus, current rates will be preserved for our community’s small businesses, while ensuring our larger corporate industries pay their fair share.

We also wanted this measure to be fiscally accountable. Measure M was designed with the following important safety features to ensure that all funds are spent as promised, including:

  • Independent citizens’ oversight
  • Mandatory financial audits
  • Yearly reports to the community

Placing the Measure M, the Artesia Local Services Ordinance, on the ballot will give the voters of our community the opportunity to protect important community services, like public safety including neighborhood police patrols and rapid 9-1-1 response.  It will also help to maintain important street maintenance and pothole repair. 

I will continue to keep the community informed about our efforts to help stabilize Artesia’s financial situation and protect our vital local services.  Please see the above links to learn more about the details of Measure M and email mdadian@cityofartesia.us with any questions or feedback. 

Thank you,

Maria Dadian
City Manager


Quick Links:

Measure M – Official Artesia Local Services Ordinance

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