TOT, for those first-timers to Save Anaheim, stands for Transient Occupancy Tax. It is charged to each guest who stays in an a resort area hotel. The funds generated are used by the City of Anaheim in various capacities.
At a recent Anaheim City Council candidate debate the idea of setting aside 1% of the TOT for various city services was proposed. I personally think this would be the ideal way to fund a pro-active code enforcement dept., increase graffiti abatement efforts, clean up our parks, and provide for services that directly affects the residents.
Pringle sympathizers have stated that "In fact, what this approach does is compresses elected officials’ room to maneuver when setting budget and policy priorities — which is what we elect them to do."
The problem is, the priorities of this current council majority have not been focused on the needs of the residents. Instead they have focused on spending millions on the Anaheim Resort area. That is why the idea of a gate tax or setting aside 1% of the TOT revenue has been proposed. If we don't set aside funds specifically for residential services the council majority will simply continue to giveaway vital TOT revenue to Anaheim Resort causes.
Did you know that 50% of the TOT revenue generated goes right back to the resort area to pay off debt (according to City of Anaheim spokesperson Ruth Ruiz)? Debt the city incurred that directly benefits the Disneyland Resort. Such as new landscaping, road improvements, custom street lighting, fencing, etc. . .
So out of $90 million collected only $45 million remains in the City of Anaheim's general fund. Asking for a mere 1% to be diverted to fund services that directly benefits the residents doesn't seem like a whole lot to ask for.