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Utility Users Tax

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Informational Links
 UUT Factsheet
View the July 18, 2018
Fiscal Analysis Report
View Sept. 19, 2018
Fiscal Impact Report
View UUT Fiscal Impact Presentation October 2018

What is the Utility Users Tax?

As approved by the City of South Pasadena voters, the City collects Utility Users Tax (UUT) on cable, cellular telephone, electric, gas, water, and telecommunications services, which helps to fund a wide array of vital City services such as police, fire, library, parks, and public works services.  The UUT rates are as follow:  

UUT Category

UUT Rate

   Cellular Telephone      7.5%


















   Cable Television




Why did local residents decide to impose the Utility Users Tax upon themselves?

As you know, many residents choose to live in South Pasadena because it offers a high quality of life and outstanding city services. UUT Funds help our City to maintain police officer and firefighter staffing levels, street and road maintenance and pothole repair, and support for senior services and programs such as meals-on wheels, all of which keep South Pasadena a desirable place to live and do business.

The UUT is a local tax, passed by local residents, used for local services. In 2011, a ballot measure was approved by a majority of voters, reducing utility user’s taxes from 8% to 7.5%, beginning July 1, 2012, and extending the tax for 10 years.

Losing UUT funds would immediately place many of South Pasadena’s services at risk. The Library, parks and city facilities, all recreation and community services programming will be in jeopardy. There will be reductions in service and elimination of positions in all departments including in the Police and Fire departments. Also, the street improvement program will be significantly impacted by the loss of revenue.

For more information about UUT’s and what it means to South Pasadena residents and businesses, please contact the City Manager's Office at (626) 403-7210.

 Utility User's Tax Exemption Application