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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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City of Richmond
Measure M Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

9,287 votes yes (28.59%)

23,198 votes no (71.41%)

100% of precincts reporting (53/53).

37,082 ballots counted.

General Tax Measure
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Shall the Ordinance to amend the City of Richmond's Municipal Code to increase the City's Real Estate Documentary Transfer Tax from .7% to 1% and 1.5%, based on the property's sale price, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Contra Costa Registrar of Voters

Current Law

 

Under the Richmond Municipal Code, there is a tax (“Transfer Tax”) on all real property transfers by deeds or any other document, for properties located in the City of Richmond, which are granted or otherwise conveyed to a purchaser. The Transfer Tax is currently levied at the rate of .7% of the property’s sale price.

Measure M

Measure M has been placed on the ballot by the Richmond City Council. Measure M would make the following changes to the Richmond Municipal Code:

Measure M would raise the Transfer Tax rate to 1% of the property’s sale price on transfers of property sold for an amount less than $400,000.

Measure M would also raise the Transfer Tax rate to 1.5% of the property’s sale price on transfers of property sold for an amount equal to or greater than $400,000.

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THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE M. IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE INITIATIVE, PLEASE CALL THE RICHMOND CITY CLERK’S OFFICE AT 510-620-6513 AND A COPY WILL BE MAILED AT NO COST TO YOU.

Financial effect

Contra Costa Registrar of Voters

Sales Data from 2015 Calendar Year
Sale
Amount
Count Total Sales   Rate Transfer Tax
< $400,000 705 252,114,619 29.4% @ 1% 2,521,146.19  
< $400,000 997 606,156,909 70.6% @ 1.5% 9,092,353.64
  1702 858,271,528     11,613,500
Historical
  TransferTax Collected Sale Amount < $400,000
29.4%
≤$400,000
70.6%
  Additional Revenue
@ 1% @ 1/5% New Revenue Total
FY2009-11 2,901,176 414,453,714 121,849,392 292,604,322 365,548 2,340,835 2,706,383 5,607,559
FY2010-11 4,463,035 637,576,429 187,447,470 450,128,959 562,342 3,601,032 4,163,374 8,626,409
FY2011-12 2,765,842 395,120,286 116,165,364 278,954,922 348,496 2,231,639 2,580,135 5,345,977
FY2012-13 2,957,833 422,547,571 124,228,986 298,318,585 372,687 2,386,549 2,759,236 5,717,069
FY2013-14 3,461,473 494,496,143 145,381,866 349,114,277 436,146 2,792,914 3,229,060 6,690,533
FY2014-15 4,818,936 688,419,429 202,395,312 486,024,117 607,186 3,888,193 4,495,379 9,314,315
FY2015-16* 6,000,000 857,142,857 252,000,000 605,142,857 756,000 4,841,143 5,597,143 11,597,143
* Estimate

Belinda Warner
Finance Director
City of Richmond

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

None filed.

— City of Richmond

Arguments AGAINST

The Contra Costa Taxpayers Association strongly opposes this tax proposal.

 

What service does the City of Richmond provide the County Clerk-Recorder, who is responsible for real estate document recording? NONE

 

What recording service does the City of Richmond provide the parties in a transfer of real property? NONE

 

What preparation of recordable documents does Richmond do in a real estate transaction? NONE

 

It is customary for local governments to charge a reasonable fee for services rendered,  but this is a proposed tax for  NO services.

 

Richmond doesn't have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. The people of Richmond have a nation-wide reputation as hard workers - the legacy of "Rosie the Riveter."          But, Richmond's politicians routinely find ways to waste hard-earned taxpayer money, like paying to send a sex worker involved in a recent police scandal to Florida, for "rehabilitation."

 

Richmond officials need to honor what Richmond families and businesses do, and learn to live within their means.

 

Contra  Costa Taxpayers Association  urges you to VOTE  NO on this money  grab.

 

Jack Weir, President Contra Costa Taxpayers Association

— City of Richmond

Replies to Arguments FOR

None filed.

— City of Richmond

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

None filed.

— City of Richmond

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

 

CITY COUNCIL RESOLUTION  NO. 50-16

 

RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND, CALIFORNIA, CALLING AND PROVIDING FOR A GENERAL MUNICIPAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 8, 2016 AND SUBMITTING TO THE VOTERS A MEASURE TO ADOPT AN INCREASE IN THE CITY'S REAL ESTATE DOCUMENTARY TRANSFER TAX

 
 

 

 

 

 


WHEREAS, the City Council (the "Council") of the City of Richmond (the  "City"), within the County of Contra Costa, California (the "County"), desires to place a ballot measure before the voters at the November 8, 2016 election to adopt an increase in the City's Real Estate Documentary Transfer Tax (the "Ordinance"); and

 

WHEREAS, the Ordinance increases the City's Real Estate Documentary Transfer Tax ("Transfer Tax Increase") to a total of 1% assessed on transfers of property for consideration valued less than $400,000, and a total of 1.5% assessed on transfers of property for consideration valued at $400,000 and above, to be deposited into the General Fund for general municipal purposes; and

 

WHEREAS, in order for the Transfer Tax Increase to become effective, it must be approved by the electorate; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council is authorized to request and order that this election be consolidated with other elections to be held on the same day and in the same territory (California Elections Code 10400 et seq.); and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to call a general municipal election for November 8, 2016 ("Election"); and

 

WHEREAS, the City Council desires to submit the Transfer Tax Increase to  the  qualified electors of the City at that Election; and

 

WHEREAS, to minimize the expense of conducting the Election, the City  Council desires to consolidate its election with a statewide election.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the City of Richmond, as follows:

 


Section 1. determines.


The foregoing recitals are true and correct, and this Council so finds and 

 


Section 2.           A general municipal election is hereby called and consolidated with the statewide election to be held in the City on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. In addition to seats on the City Council to be contested, the City Council hereby submits the following measure to the voters:

 

"Shall the Ordinance to amend the City of Richmond's Municipal Code to increase the City's Real Estate Documentary Transfer Tax from .7% to 1% and 1.5%, based on the property's sale price, be adopted?"

 

Section 3. The Ordinance authorizing the Transfer Tax Increase to be approved by the voters is as set forth in Exhibit A. The City Council hereby approves submission of the ordinance to the voters of the City at the November 8, 2016 election. The Ordinance specifies that the total rate of the Transfer Tax Increase shall be one percent (1%) of the sales price ofreal property transferred for consideration valued at less than $400,000, and one and one-half percent (1.5%) of the sales price ofreal property transferred for consideration valued at $400,000 or more.

Section 4.          The City Clerk of the City of Ricond is hereby ordered

and directed to cause said proposed measure to be printed and to mail a copy of said measure to all registered voters in the City of Richmond with sample ballots in substantially the form set forth in Exhibit B, attached hereto.

 

Section 5.          (a) The City hereby requests the Board of Supervisors of the County to consolidate the Election with the statewide election being 6onducted on the same date in the sameterritory or any territory which is in part the same. Pending approval of such request, the Election will be consolidated with any election held by the County. In any event, the Election will be   heldon November 8, 2016, from the hour of 7:00 a.m. to the hour of 8:00 p.m., during which period of time the polls will remain continuously open. At 8:00 p.m. 1 the polls will be closed, except as provided in Section 14401 of the Elections Code, and the officers of the Election shall thereupon proceed to canvass the ballots cast thereat.

 

 

(b)                   The election precincts, polling places and voting booths within said City for said Election shall in every case be the same as the election precincts, polling places and voting booths established for the statewide election and the election officers for said Election shall be the same as those selected and designated or to be selected and designated for the statewide election.

 

(c)                    Said Election shall be held and conducted, and the voters thereof canvassed, and the returns thereof made, all in accordance with the general election laws of the State of California and the Charter and ordinances of said City.

 

(d)                         All persons qualified to vote at municipal elections in said City shall be qualified

to vote.

 

(e)                    Said Council shall meet forthwith after the canvass of the returns of said Election and shall state in the minutes of such meeting the results of said Election as ascertained by said canvass.

 

Section 6.          The City Clerk of the City of Richmond is hereby authorized to sign a Notice of Election and Measure To Be Voted On in a form substantially similar to that attached hereto as Exhibit B. The Clerk of the City is hereby authorized and directed to publish said Notice of Election and Measure To Be Voted On at least one time not later than a week before the election in the EAST BAY TIMES, a newspaper of general circulation circulated within the City of Richmond, in accordance with the provisions of Section 12111 of the Elections Code of the State of California.

 

Section 7.          The Clerk of the City is hereby authorized and directed to

cause to be delivered, no later than August 12, 2016 (which date is not fewer than 88 days prior to the date set for the statewide election), one copy of this Resolution to the Registrar of Voters of the County.

 

Section 8.          The City Council hereby directs the City Clerk to transmit a copy of the measure to the City Attorney. The City Attorney shall prepare an impartial analysis of the measure, not to exceed 500 words in length, showing the effect of the measure on the existing law and the operation of the measure, and transmit such impartial analysis to the City Clerk within ten (10) days of the adoption of this resolution.

 

Section 9.          The Finance Director of the City is hereby authorized and

directed to prepare and file with the Registrar of Voters an impartial analysis of the measure contained in Section 2 hereof covering its financial impact upon the City government in accordance with Section 2.16.070 of the Municipal Code of the City, within the time established by the Registrar of Voters.

 

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Section 10. Pursuant to Section 9282 of the Elections Code of the State of California, the legislative body of the City of Richmond, or any member or members of the legislative body authorized by the body, or any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of voters dud associations, may file a written argument, not to exceed 300 words in length, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the person(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers, for or against the City measure.

 

 

Section 11. This tax is a general tax requiring the approval of a majority of qualified electors casting votes. The Council has complete discretion to expend the tax proceeds for any lawful purpose of the City of Richmond.

 

Section 12. Pursuant to California Elections Code section 9285, subdivision (b), the City Council hereby adopts the provisions of California Elections qode section 9285, subdivision (a), relating to rebuttal arguments for the measure identified in section 2 above only for the November 8, 2016 election and thereafter this section 12 shall expire.

 

Section  13. This resolution  shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.

 

I certify that the foregoing resolution was passed and adopted by the Council of the City of Richmond at a regular meeting thereof held June 21, 2°116, by the following  vote:

 

AYES: Councilmembers Bates, Beckles, McLaughlin, Myrick,    Vice Mayor Martinez,  and Mayor   Butt.

NOES: None

ABSTENTIONS: Councilmember Pimple

 

 
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