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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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County of Calaveras
Measure G Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

13,203 votes yes (63.09%)

7,723 votes no (36.91%)

100% of precincts reporting (29/29).

Measure G
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Shall the measure to maintain and improve essential Calaveras County services including emergency fire district response and protection, Sheriff's patrols helping prevent thefts/burglaries, road/pothole repairs, attracting/retaining businesses and other County services and infrastructure by increasing the transient occupancy tax (paid only by hotel/motel/short-term rental guests) from 6% to 12%, providing approximately $600,000 annually until ended by voters, with audits, and all funds used locally, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Pros & Cons — Unbiased explanation with arguments for and against

Information provided by (Pro) https://www.gocalaveras.com/calaveras-tot-overview/ (Con) T. Folendorf, M. Ninos, M.H.Price, R.Klass, D.K.Lee

The Question

Shall the measure to maintain and improve essential Calaveras County services including emergency fire district response and protection, Sheriff's patrols helping prevent thefts/burglaries, road/pothole repairs, attracting/retaining businesses and other County services and infrastructure by increasing the transient occupancy tax (paid only by hotel/motel/short-term rental guests) from 6% to 12%, providing approximately $600,000 annually until ended by voters, with audits, and all funds used locally, be adopted?

The Situation

This Measure has been placed on the ballot by the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors. Measure G proposes an increase in the Calaveras County Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), and if approved, would increase the TOT from 6% to 12%. A TOT is a tax on guests staying in hotels, motels, bed and breakfasts, vacation rentals, and similar overnight stay establishments. TOT revenue is discretionary and deposited into the County General Fund for unrestricted use. Historically, the Board of Supervisors has allocated TOT revenue to road repairs, to the Calaveras Visitors Bureau, to the fire districts, and to the Sheriff’s Office. Pursuant to Revenue and Taxation Code § 7280, which authorizes imposition of a TOT, the tax applies in unincorporated areas of the County only. The County TOT was last increased in 1974, at which time it was raised from 4% to 6%. A “no” vote on this Measure is a vote against increasing the TOT in the unincorporated areas of Calaveras County from 6% to 12%. If this Measure fails, the existing TOT will be unaffected and will remain at the current rate of 6%.

The TOT is used to enhance emergency response programs and safety services, road improvements and repairs, and encourage tourism, agriculture, and economic development in the county by supporting the Calaveras Visitors Bureau.

 

Fiscal effect

The TOT is used to enhance emergency response programs and safety services, road improvements and repairs, and encourage tourism, agriculture, and economic development in the county by supporting the Calaveras Visitors Bureau.

 

Supporters say

 

 

  • Raising the TOT is a fair way to recover increased impacts and costs associated with visitors staying and traveling in the County 
  • Measure G will not raise taxes for residents
  • The County’s TOT rate has been at a static 6% rate for 44 years. The surrounding counties of Tuolumne, Amador, Mariposa and El Dorado currently have a 10% TOT rate with the intention of raising them to 12%
  • Measure G keeps our tourism industry competitive while addressing its impacts
   

 

 

Opponents say

  • A higher TOT could make Calaveras County less attractive to visitors and tourists
  • This increase in the TOT will shift the tax burden to the hospitality and the tourism industry
  • The increase is a consequence of the county's decision to eliminate annual revenue from regulated cannabis
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