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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Calistoga
Measure D - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

1,389 votes yes (79.64%)

355 votes no (20.36%)

100% of precincts reporting (5/5).

1,857 ballots counted.

Transient occupancy tax
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To increase, improve and preserve affordable and workforce housing in the City of Calistoga, shall an ordinance be adopted to levy an ongoing transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) of 1% on hotel charges to visitors of 30 days or less, increasing the maximum hotel rate from twelve percent (12%) to thirteen percent (13%), with all revenue from the new tax (estimated: $512,325 annually) to be restricted to providing programs and services for affordable and workforce housing?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Calistoga City Attorney

MEASURE D
CITY ATTORNEY’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

The City of Calistoga City Council has placed Measure D on the ballot. The measure asks the voters whether the City should raise the current Transient Occupancy Tax (“TOT), also known as a hotel tax, by one percent (1%). The revenues generated by the Measure would be dedicated solely for affordable and workforce housing programs and services including, without limitation, land acquisition and donation; building acquisition, rehabilitation, and demolition; housingconstruction; maintaining the community’s supply of mobile homes; providing housing subsidiesto lower income residents and/or preserving existing public subsidies for developments facing conversion to market rate.

The City of Calistoga currently imposes a TOT at the rate of twelve percent (12%) of the rent paid by guests to occupy a room or space in a hotel or other similar accommodation (“hotel). This measure would increase the TOT by one percent (1%) to thirteen percent (13%) of the rental room rate. The TOT is paid only by persons, primarily by visitors, who rent a hotel room located with the City of Calistoga.

One percent (1%) of the TOT revenues would be placed in a separate account and not comingled with other City funds. An annual report must be filed in compliance with Government Code section 50075.3 detailing the special purpose tax revenues collected and how such revenues are expended. Because the ordinance legally restricts the use of tax revenue generated by the 1% increase in the TOT to programs and services for affordable and workforce housing, it isclassified as a “special tax.” A special tax must be approved by two-thirds of the electors voting on the Measure. If approved by two-thirds of the voters, the TOT increase would become operative on January 1, 2019.

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the one percent (1%) increase in the TOT. A “No” vote is avote against any increase in the TOT. This ordinance will be approved if at least two-thirds of the City of Calistoga electorate voting on Measure D vote “Yes”.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure D. If you desire a copy of theordinance, please call the City Clerk’s office at (707) 942-2807 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you. You may also view the full text of Measure D at www.ci.calistoga.ca.us

Michelle Marchetta Kenyon,

City Attorney, City of Calistoga

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

City of Calistoga Argument in Favor of Measure D

Many people who work in Calistoga cannot afford to live here, making traffic worse and filling jobs more difficult. Measure D increases the Transient Occupancy Tax (“TOT”) which overnighthotel guests pay, from 12% to 13%, and sets aside the additional 1% for creating housing programs and services that benefit people in Calistoga. The revenue cannot be used for any other purpose. Measure D shares with our tourists the cost of affordable and workforce housing.

Calistoga expects to raise approximately $512,325 annually. Napa County’s Measure I, which is also on your ballot, raises the TOT in the unincorporated County to provide additional funding for housing needs as well.

The City of Calistoga will use these funds to make housing more available and affordable for our working residents. This includes expanding housing opportunities for Calistoga families who are being priced out of the housing market, expanding and preserving rental housing, and providing first-time homebuyer assistance.

Housing availability, housing affordability and traffic congestion are linked. Programs and projects that increase the supply of affordable and workforce housing in proximity to Calistoga will help ease traffic congestion.

All five Napa cities and the county are asking voters to increase TOT by 1% for housing, a collaborative solution to a countywide problem.

A “Yes” vote on Measure D is a “Yes” vote for housing that is affordable and reducing traffic congestion.

/s/ Chris Canning Mayor, City of Calistoga

/s/ Indira Lopez
Board Member, Calistoga Joint Unified School District

/s/ Diane Barrett
Part Owner & Board Member, Calistoga Spa Hot Springs

— Napa County Elections Office

Arguments AGAINST

There is no argument against Measure D

— Napa County Elections Office
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