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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

Hickok Road Community Services District
Measure K Parcel Tax - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

43 votes yes (61.43%)

27 votes no (38.57%)

100% of precincts reporting (2/2).

74 ballots counted.

Special Tax
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Shall an amendment to the bylaws of the Hickok Road Community Services District to increase the maximum annual Special Tax by $200 per parcel per year, such that the total Special Tax could increase from $200 to $400 per parcel per year, be adopted? The maximum resulting gain could increase from $12,400 to $24,800 per year. The increase would be in effect until amended or the board deems additional funds are no longer required to maintain, upgrade, or improve District roads.

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize an increase in the annual special tax from $200 per parcel to $400 per parcel, as provided in the Measure. 

NO vote means

A “no” vote is a vote against the increase to the existing special tax. 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

Measure K (the “Measure”), if approved by two-thirds of the voters voting thereon, would increase an existing special tax from $200 per parcel per year to $400 per parcel per year. This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District.  The Hickok Road Community Services District (“District”) currently levies a special tax in the amount of $200 per parcel per year to fund improvements, upgrades, and maintenance of roads within the District.

If approved, this Measure would increase the existing special tax by $200 per parcel per year, for a total tax rate not to exceed $400 per parcel per year. If the Measure fails, the existing special tax in the amount of $200 per parcel per year will still remain in effect. 

If approved, the special tax authorized by this Measure will be used solely for the purpose of providing improvements, upgrades, and maintenance of roads within the District. The special tax would remain in effect until modified or repealed. Following a public hearing, the rate of the special tax may be adjusted each fiscal year by an amount not to exceed the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index (“CPI”) prepared by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics or similar indicator of inflation. The increase in the special tax authorized by this Measure is expected to generate annual revenue of $12,400 per year. 

The special tax authorized by this Measure will be listed as a separate item on the county property tax bill for each affected parcel of land and will be collected in the same manner as the general property tax. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes, including the provisions for penalties and the procedures for sale of the property in case of delinquency, shall also apply to the special tax.  State law requires the proceeds from the special tax be applied only to the identified purposes and that an annual report be made indicating the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded by the proceeds. 

A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize an increase in the annual special tax from $200 per parcel to $400 per parcel, as provided in the Measure. 

A “no” vote is a vote against the increase to the existing special tax. 

Michael J. Ciccozzi, El Dorado County, County Counsel 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

In 1998, an overlay applied to Hickok, Sweet Valley and Harlan roads cost approximately $70,000. In 2016, an overlay to Hickok ALONE cost over $160,000. The annual $200 Special Tax has not increased in 20 years but the cost of asphalt (which is what nearly every dollar is spent for) has increased dramatically as you can see from the numbers. The county will not maintain our roads. It's up to us, (that's you, me and our neighbors) to cut back the brush and contribute the funds to pave the roads. The Hickok overlay brought our balance down to $29,410. As a result, we do not have funds to complete a much needed overlay on Harlan and Sweet Valley.

Without an overlay, these roads are "alligatoring" and require yearly patches to keep them from grossly deteriorating. Every year we have to do patches we get further from having enough money to do the needed overlay. (It costs over $5,000 just to have the crew come out for a patch. A day of patches typically costs over $9,000.) By increasing the Special Tax, which is only used to maintain our roads, we can expedite the overlay of Harlan and Sweet Valley and eventually eliminate the need to spend money on patches. Without this increase it will be a decade before Harlan or Sweet Valley can be overlayed. 

Jonna Buwalda, Your Neighbor 

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

RESOLUTION OF THE HICKOK ROAD COMMUNITY SERVICES DISRICT PROPOSING A BALLOT MEASURE TO INCREASE THE SPECIAL TAX TO PROVIDE FOR MAINTAINING, UPGRADING AND IMPROVING DISTRICT ROADS 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District wishes to submit to the voters of the District a proposal to increase funding for maintaining, upgrading and improving of District roads;

and  WHEREAS, Government Code §50075 et, seq, provides authority for special districts to impose special taxes;

and  WHEREAS, the Board has determined that increasing the existing special tax rate by $200 per parcel per year is necessary in order to adequately fund maintaining, upgrading and improving District roads;

and  WHEREAS, the Board has determined that the electors within the District should have the opportunity to decide whether the level of funding for maintaining, upgrading and improving District roads;

and  WHEREAS, Government Code §53722 provides that a special tax must be submitted to the electorate of the District and approved by a two-thirds vote of the voters voting on the issue. 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District as follows: 

1. The Board shall submit to the voters the question of whether to increase the special tax within the District for the purpose of maintaining, upgrading, and improving District roads from $200 to $400 per parcel per year. 

2. The special tax may be reduced or adjusted at the beginning of each fiscal year, commencing July 1, 2019, following a public hearing, by an amount not to exceed the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) prepared by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics or similar indicator of inflation that may come into common and widespread use. 

3. The Hickok Road Community Services District requests that the El Dorado County Registrar of Voters place the proposed measure before the voters of the Hickok Road Community Services District on November 6, 2018 election and consolidate it with the Statewide Primary Election. 

4. The title of the measure shall be "Hickok Road Community Services District Increased Funding Initiative." 

5. The measure shall appear on the ballot in substantially the following form:  Shall an amendment to the bylaws of the Hickok Road Community Services District to increase the maximum annual Special Tax by $200 per parcel per year, such that the total Special Tax could increase from $200 to $400 per parcel per year, be adopted? The maximum resulting gain could increase from $12,400 to $24,800 per year. The increase would be in effect until amended or the board deems additional funds are no longer required to maintain, upgrade, or improve District roads. 

6. A certified copy of this Resolution shall be delivered to the Office of the El Dorado County Clerk and County Clerk shall be directed to conduct said election pursuant to applicable laws of the State of California.  MEASURE K 

7. If approved by the electorates set forth above, said special tax shall be levied and collected in accordance with this resolution and shall be collected in the same manner and subject to the same penalty as, or with, other charges and taxes fixed and collected by the District or by the County of El Dorado. 

8. If approved by the electorate as set as set forth above the special tax increase set forth above shall augment existing sources of revenue to the Hickok Road Community Services District and shall not apply to parcels owned by a federal or state governmental agency or another local agency. 

9. In accordance with applicable laws, the Hickok Road Community Services District shall reimburse the County of El Dorado for the cost of such election. 

10. Pursuant to Government Code §50075.1 the specific purposes of the special taxes are hereby identified as maintaining, upgrading and improving District roads. 

11. The proceeds of the special tax shall only be applied to the specific purpose identified above and shall be deposited into a special account created for that purpose. 

12. The District shall prepare an annual report pursuant to Government Code §50075.3 to determine the amount of funds collected and expended and to identify the purposes for which the special tax funds have been expended. 

13. In the event of any ambiguity, uncertainty or conflict regarding the application of the special tax to a particular parcel of land such ambiguity shall be resolved by formal motion of the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District. 

14. If any section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause of phrase in this measure, or any part thereof, is held invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections or portions of this chapter or part thereof. The Board hereby declares that it would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this measure irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subdivisions, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases may be declared invalid or unconstitutional. 

15. This measure shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.

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