Inglewood Area Subregional Groups' Findings
February 6, 1998
- Shift in land use emphasis from property tax producers to sales tax producers has hurt traditional downtown businesses through unfavorable and potentially unfair competition.
- New businesses coming into the historic downtown business district may not be desirable businesses or reflective of community standards.
- Focus of economic development efforts by government is on big businesses that produce sales tax revenue and not small business which develop and promote the culture of Inglewood.
- Growing antipathy to government at all levels has prevented Inglewood from charging or raising fees on fee based services.
- Projects face delay due to personnel cuts in some departments at Inglewood City Hall.
- The growing disconnect between voters and government has lead to a voter turnout rate in local elections of 10%.
- Los Angeles County has the highest rate of uninsured people, (1 in every three) yet Los Angeles County continues to provide a total spectrum of care which will not be possible in the near future.
- Shortage of County staff is an obstacle to the delivery of health services.
- Utility tax in Inglewood is 10%. Many neighboring communities either do not charge or charge less. This may have a detrimental effect upon economic development efforts and presents a further challenge for small businesses.
- Utility deregulation may have an impact on public revenues.
- Consumers may not realize the full benefits of utility deregulation due to the utility tax.
- Tax bill may be higher then the public perceives due to the utility tax.
- Public education on how public services are paid for and who pays for them are needed at the grass roots level. Most people have little understanding of how this works.