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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of McFarland
Measure P - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

653 votes yes (42.32%)

890 votes no (57.68%)

100% of precincts reporting (3/3).

5% Utility Users Tax to Maintain & Improve Vital City Services
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To maintain vital services, improve McFarland's streets and roads, maintain local police and fire protection and 911-emergency response times; shall the city of McFarland enact a utility users tax at the rate of five percent for all utilities, for ten years, providing approximately four hundred ninety-four thousand dollars annually with exemptions for senior citizens and funds used only in McFarland, subject to independent financial audits and citizen oversight?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Kern County Registrar of Voters

The City Council of the City of McFarland (City) is submitting Measure P to the vot­ers to adopt an ordinance establishing a Utility Users Tax (UUT) on the use of utili­ties in the City, including telecommunications services, electric energy, natural gas, water, sewer, cable television, and refuse and trash collection and recycling. The UUT is a general tax which means that the revenues from the UUT will be de­posited in the City’s General Fund to be used for general municipal governmental purposes. Measure P does not bind the City to use the revenues of the UUT for any particular services, facilities, or programs.

Measure P establishes a 5% UUT on the charges for each utility service, which the City would impose beginning January 1, 2019, or the beginning of the first regular billing period after January 1, 2019. If adopted by the voters, the UUT would be in effect for ten years and terminate on December 31, 2028.

The City Council may reduce, but cannot increase, the UUT rate for any utility ser­vice. California law requires voter approval for any future UUT tax rate increase. Measure P exempts a utility service user who is 65 years of age or older from pay­ing the tax. In addition, Measure P authorizes the City Council to adopt other ex­emptions from the UUT.

Measure P requires each utility service provider to collect the UUT from its cus­tomers at the time that the utility service provider charges its customers for utility services and remit the tax revenues to the City on a monthly basis. Delinquent taxes are subject to a penalty that is 5% of the delinquent amount plus interest at 3/4% per month from the date that the UUT first became due. An additional pen­alty of 5% may be assessed for fraud or gross negligence in reporting or remitting the UUT. In the case where the City has assumed the responsibility of collecting the tax, the City may attach a penalty of 25% on the delinquent charges plus interest at 3/4% per month.

In the event that a utility service user believes the UUT was erroneously paid, the service user may submit a claim for a refund to the City Council within one year from the date that the UUT was paid in error.

Measure P requiresthe approval of a majority of the voters voting on the measure. A “yes" vote for Measure P will approve establishing the UUT; a “no" vote against Measure P will oppose establishing the UUT.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure P. If you would like to receive a complete copy of Measure P, please call the McFarland City Clerk’s office at (661) 792-3091 and a copy will be provided to you at no charge.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Measure P will prevent cuts to McFarland’s police department and emergency fire services and maintain a safe level of vital public safety services.

Measure P also allows McFarland to repair its deteriorating streets, roads and sidewalks.

Measure P is a local solution to a statewide problem.

The State of California has taken billions of dollars from its cities. Coupled with the Great Recession, McFarland struggled in providing the vital services we who live in McFarland expect.

McFarland was able to continue to provide services to the people by aggressively going after grants. Grants for more police officers, grants for community parks, grants for street repairs. Grants that kept McFarland healthy.

But, those grants are ending. That’s why we are supporting Measure P.

The City of McFarland has a backlog of million dollars’ worth of street mainte­nance and road repairprojects. YES on P improves the quality of life in McFarland by maintaining our streets that need over $5 million in repairs, fixing potholes, and preventing our roads from falling into further disrepair.

Measure P will allow McFarland to maintain rapid 911 emergency response times neighborhood patrols.

Measure P has built-in Taxpayer safeguards– including an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee – to ensure Measure P is used wisely. All funds from Mea­sure P must be spent locally. Bylaw, there must be Annual Fiscal Audits. Not one penny of Measure P can be used for administrators’ salaries.

Please join McFarland’s community, business and neighborhood leaders, includ­ing the McFarland Police Officers Association and our local Fire Fighter Associa­tions, in supporting YES on Measure P

s/Maria Lara, Director of McFarland Recreation & Park District 
s/Stephen McFarland, Mayor Pro-Tem 
s/Manuel Cantu, Mayor of McFarland 
s/Diana Garcia, Resident 
s/Blanca Reyes-Garza, Resident

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

— Kern County Registrar of Voters

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