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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Glen Ellen Fire Protection District
Measure T - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

1,023 votes yes (75.7%)

329 votes no (24.3%)

100% of precincts reporting (14/14).

Parcel Tax
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To continue to provide fire and emergency services, shall Glen Ellen Fire Protection District Ordinance No. 2018/2019-01, authorizing the District to levy a special tax based on use codes shown on Attachment "A" of the Ordinance of $200.00 for residential properties; $100.00 for agricultural land; and $0.10 per square foot for commercial properties, raising approximately $387,000 annually until repealed; and increasing the District's appropriations limit to permit spending of the revenue raised by the special tax, be approved?  

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Summary

Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE T

The Glen Ellen Fire Protection District Board of Directors has called a special election to ask voters to approve Measure T. Measure T would authorize the District to levy a special parcel tax on real property within the District to fund fire protection (including suppression and prevention) and emergency response services within the District. State law permits fire protection districts to levy a qualified special tax provided two-thirds of the votes cast on a measure approve the imposition of the tax. Measure T was placed on the ballot by the Board of Directors.

The amount of the proposed tax varies depending upon the type of use of the property. The proposed annual tax rate will be: $200.00 per parcel for residential and lodging properties plus $100.00 for each additional dwelling unit or guest room; $200.00 per parcel for mobile home parks and campgrounds plus $50.00 for each space; $100.00 per parcel for agricultural and vacant lands; and $0.10 per square foot of building area for commercial, industrial, and warehouse property. The amount of the tax rate would be adjusted annually for inflation by an amount equal to the annual adjustment factor applied to the District’s appropriations (spending) limit.

If approved, the tax would be applied to each unit of real property in the District that: (i) has a separate Assessor’s Parcel Number (as shown on the secured tax rolls) or (ii) receives an assessment from the County of Sonoma of structural property on the unsecured tax rolls or from the State Board of Equalization. The tax would be collected in the same manner as other property taxes. All property that would otherwise be exempt from property tax will also be exempt from the proposed tax. The District estimates that the proposed tax would generate $387,000 in revenue annually.

Measure T would also raise the District’s spending limit for the maximum period (four years) allowed by state law to allow the District to spend the proceeds of the tax for the purposes set out in the measure.

As required by state law, proceeds of the tax would be placed in a special fund and could only be used for the purposes set out in the measure, which include (1) con- tinuing to provide fire and emergency services as authorized by Health & Safety Code section 13862 and (2) exercising other rights and powers granted the District by state law. Additional accountability measures require District’s Chief Fiscal Officer to annually submit a written report to the Board stating the amount of tax revenue collected and expended, and the status of any project authorized to be funded by the tax.

The proposed tax will become effective only if approved by a two-thirds majority of those voting on Measure T. If approved, the proposed tax would become effective on November 7, 2018, following certification of the election result. The tax would be levied against all taxable real property beginning with the 2019/2020 fiscal year and will continue annually until repealed.

A “yes” vote would authorize the District to impose the parcel tax. A “no” vote is a vote to not approve the proposed parcel tax.

 BRUCE D. GOLDSTEIN County Counsel  By: s/ Robert Pittman Assistant County Counsel

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE T

We need your help. Please vote Yes on Measure T!

Since 1923, the Glen Ellen Fire District has worked 24/7 to keep our community safe and our residents protected. We need your help, more now than ever before. The current fire season has validated, without question, our need and your need for the continued service level of paramedic/firefighters responding to your emergencies.

Because of a decline in volunteers, our response system has had to change. In 2017, we contracted for fire and emergency services with the Sonoma Valley Fire and Rescue Authority. This has ensured a reliable response, including a paramedic, for our community 24/7/365.

The October fires and the situation at Sonoma Developmental Center have created uncertainty in Glen Ellen Fire District commitments and funding. We are, as a consequence, asking for the ability to generate future revenue as it may be needed to sustain and even improve our current level of service by adding an additional firefighter to the engine.

Under this proposal, the Glen Ellen Fire District Board of Directors, after a public hearing, would be able to impose taxes of no more than $200 per residence and $0.10 per sq.ft. for commercial properties. The $200 per residence figure amounts to $0.55 per day. With this level of additional potential funding we believe that we can continue to provide services even with an uncertain future.

Measure T ensures that our local funding stays in our community under local control. Neither the County or State Governments can take Measure T money from us to pay for something else. As an offset to this new request, many homeowners in the district have seen the State Fire Fee of $117 suspened until at least 2031.

The Glen Ellen community has been extraordinarily generous in their support of the District and we are asking for that support again. Please support Measure T. Thank you

Vote Yes on Measure T. We need your support.

s/ Ray Fredricks
Board Member/Retired Teacher

HALTER PROJECT
s/ Julie Atwood, Founder

s/ Matt Atkinson Former Fire Chief

GLEN ELLEN FIREFIGHTERS ASSOCIATIONs/ Kristin Nightingale, President

s/ Shilo Porter-Elliott
Jack London Estates Resident

 

— Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT WAS SUBMITTED AGAINST MEASURE T

— Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

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