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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Schell-Vista Fire Protection District
Measure X - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

1,475 votes yes (73.6%)

529 votes no (26.4%)

100% of precincts reporting (10/10).

Parcel Tax
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To continue to provide fire and emergency services, shall Schell Vista Fire Protection District Ordinance No. 2018/2019-01, authorizing the District to levy a special tax based on use codes shown on Exhibit "A" at a maximum rate of $200.00 for residential properties, $0.14 per square foot for commercial properties, and $100.00 for other parcels, raising approximately $950,000.00 annually until repealed; and increasing the District's appropriations limit to permit spending of the revenue raised by the special tax, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Summary

Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

COUNTY COUNSEL'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE X

The Schell Vista Fire Protection District Board of Directors has called a special election to ask voters to approve Measure X. Measure X 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 X 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 property plus $100.00 for each additional dwelling unit; $0.14 per square foot of building area for lodging, commercial, and industrial property; and $100.00 per parcel for other 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 $950,000 in revenue annually.

Measure X 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) continuing 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 X. 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 X

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

Established in 1955, the Schell-Vista Fire Protection District works 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 an upgrade of the number of firefighters responding to your emergencies.

The District currenty serves an area over 65 square miles. It covers the area north and east of Sonoma and the area south of Sonoma to Highway 37. The District is staffed by permanent captains, volunteer officers, and firefighters who maintain a round-the-clock presence through staffing assignments, sleeper shifts and on call status. The District responds to more than 700 calls for service per year.

We need your help. Vote Yes on Measure X. We are asking for just $200.00 per year, per residential parcel. That is just 55 cents per day to improve and sustain our fire and emergency services. Measure X ensures that our local funding stays in our community under local control. Neither the County nor State Governments can take Measure X money from us to pay for something else.

Commercial and industrial properties are also being asked to contribute their fair share and help by paying $0.14 per square foot.

Your vote Yes on Measure X will increase firefighters on our engines. Our goal is three firefighters per engine using the most up to date equipment possible.

Please join us and our fellow community members to help our Schell-Vista Fire Protection District provide improved emergency services to our community. Thank you for your support.

Vote Yes on Measure X. We need your help.

SCHELL-VISTA FIRE DEPARTMENTs/ Ray Mulas, Chief

s/ Sal Versaggi
Owner Versaggi Construction

s/ Timothy Conner
Managing Partner, LBC Partners LLC

s/ Roland L Rodgers Owner- Broadway Market

s/ Jurine Miller Biers homeowner

 

— Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT WAS SUBMITTED AGAINST MEASURE X

— Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)
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