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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
County

El Dorado County
Measure U - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

19,079 votes yes (23.4%)

62,438 votes no (76.6%)

100% of precincts reporting (166/166).

90,730 ballots counted.

Charter Amendment
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Shall the measure be adopted to amend the El Dorado County Charter Section 202 regarding Term Limits for Board of Supervisors to provide that one additional four year term of office be added to extend allowed terms to three, such that Board members shall be limited to three consecutive terms, with no other changes to this Charter Section?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote is a vote to amend the County of El Dorado Charter to extend the term limit for a member of the Board of Supervisors to three consecutive terms of office.

NO vote means

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the County of El Dorado Charter, thus leaving in place the current term limit for a member of the Board of Supervisors of two consecutive terms of office.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

Measure U (the “Measure”), if approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon, would amend Section 202 of the County of E l Dorado Charter (“Charter”) to allow a member of the County of El Dorado Board of Supervisors to serve three consecutive terms of office, instead of only two consecutive terms of office as currently allowed by the Charter. This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado pursuant to County Resolution No. 154-2018.  The County of El Dorado operates under a County Charter that was ratified by the voters on November 8, 1994. The California Constitution provides that a county may adopt a charter to govern itself in regard to specific matters that are identified in Article XI section 4 and the Voters may amend the charter by a majority vote of the electors voting on the question.  California Government Code section 25000 allows a county to adopt a limit on the number of terms a member of the Board of Supervisors may serve on the Board of Supervisors. In accordance with that authority, Section 202 of the County of El Dorado Charter defines a supervisor’s term of office as four years and limits a supervisor to serving two consecutive terms. A supervisor who has served two successive terms may not thereafter serve as a supervisor until at least four years after the expiration of the second successive term in office.  This Measure, if approved by a majority of the voters voting thereon, would extend the current term limit to allow a member of the Board of Supervisors to serve three consecutive terms. Similar to the current Charter provision, a supervisor who has served three successive terms may not thereafter serve as a supervisor until at least four years after the expiration of the third successive term in office. 

This Measure would further amend Section 202 of the Charter to provide that the supervisors for the First, Second, and Third Districts shall be elected in even-numbered years when Presidential elections occur and the supervisors for the Fourth and Fifth Districts shall be elected in even-numbered years when Presidential elections do not occur. This amendment simply restates the existing county law.  

A “yes” vote is a vote to amend the County of El Dorado Charter to extend the term limit for a member of the Board of Supervisors to three consecutive terms of office. 

A “no” vote is a vote against amending the County of El Dorado Charter, thus leaving in place the current term limit for a member of the Board of Supervisors of two consecutive terms of office. 

If you would like a copy of the proposed charter amendment, you may call the county elections official’s office and request that a copy be mailed to you at no cost. 

Michael J. Ciccozzi, El Dorado County, County Counsel 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Support effective and practical term limits for the Board of Supervisors. Please join us and vote YES on Measure U. We support reasonable term limits for our County Supervisors because long tenures on the Board of Supervisors may limit the influx of new ideas and new solutions to our community’s challenges. We agree that serving as a County Supervisor should not be an individual’s life-long career.  Measure U will limit an individual to serving three consecutive terms as a County Supervisor. This length of service allows a Supervisor enough time to become knowledgeable of governmental processes and time to understand complex community issues. Further, this is sufficient time to establish relationships with other officials throughout the region.   Join us in supporting effective and practical term limits for our County Supervisors.  

Please vote yes on Measure U. 

Michael Kobus, Business Owner

Dennis Thomas, Small Business Owner

Joe Harn, CPA, County Auditor-Controller

Wayne A. Lowery, CSD Director

Arguments AGAINST

Whereas, the County of El Dorado is best served by County Supervisors that are aware of the needs of their community by being involved with that community, that do not make a career of public office, and that are reliant on the living they earn in and from that community; Now,   Therefore, the Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County absolutely and unanimously opposes any and all effort (s) to change Section 202 of the El Dorado County Charter, which regulates the term of office of Elected County Supervisors. 

William Carey, President, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County

Todd White, Secretary, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County

A.L. Hamilton, Vice-President, Taxpayers Association of El Dorado County

Replies to Arguments FOR

Our current eight-year term limit reform is working! County supervisors now leave the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors after serving two consecutive four-year terms totaling eight years. Unlike the lifetime ban in California’s State Office term limits, our County Charter allows termed-out County supervisors to seek re-election after four-year time out period. Measure U would change our current reform of eight years on and four years off to twelve years on and four years off the Board. 

Measure U is a sneaky step backwards into an era when our County was run by career politicians who felt entitled to lifetime jobs with lavish PERS retirements. Our eight-year limit is working. This reform works because it forces politicians to live under the consequences of their eight years of laws and policies for at least four years before seeking their old job. Extending term limits from eight to twelve years weakens this important benefit.  Under current limits, two County supervisors have been re-elected after observing time out periods. So current policy doesn’t restrict choices where voters especially like a particular County supervisor.  Measure U was placed on the Ballot by the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors THREE WEEKS AFTER THE DEADLINE initially set by the El Dorado County Elections Office to submit November ballot measures giving opponents little time to organize. 

Don’t be fooled, Measure U is bad policy intended to benefit two supervisors terming out in 2020.  Our current term limit reform is working! 

Please VOTE NO on Measure U 

Dan Dellinger, County Co-Chairman, California Taxpayer Protection Committee

Ray Nutting, County Co-Chairman, California Taxpayer Protection Committee, Term Limit Author 

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

RESOLUTION NO.154-2018 OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF EL DORADO SUBMISSION TO VOTERS OF A MEASURE AMENDING COUNTY CHARTER SECTION 202, TERM LIMITS FOR BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

WHEREAS, the 2015-16 Grand Jury issued a final report titled “21st Century County Charter” in June of 2016, identifying several amendments to the County Charter and recommending that the Board of Supervisors place the identified amendments on the ballot for voters to consider/approve; and

WHEREAS, in its response to the Grand Jury Report, in August of 2016, the Board referred the consideration of those recommendations to a Charter Review Committee; and

WHEREAS, the 2017-18 Charter Review Committee held 10 meetings between June 26, 2017, and January 8, 2018, and issued recommendations and responses on 15 subject areas of the Charter, including the nine Findings from the Grand Jury as well as six additional areas/items; and

WHEREAS, at its June 26, 2018 meeting, the Board of Supervisors considered the report on the six Charter areas identified for possible amendment and directed staff to return to the Board on July 17, 2018, with recommended ballot language for two of the items; and WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors desires, on the recommendation of the 2017-18 Charter Review Committee, to ask the voters of the County to consider approving an amendment to the County Charter Section 202, “Term of Offices,” to provide that one additional term of office be added to the current two four-year term limit.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED AS FOLLOWS:

1) Pursuant to Government Code Section 23722, the Board of Supervisors does hereby order submitted to the voters at the next established election date, on November 6, 2018, a measure to amend the El Dorado County Charter Section 202, “Term of Offices,” as more specifically set forth in Exhibit A hereto.

2) The ballot question to be submitted to the voters shall be as follows: Shall the measure be adopted to amend the El Dorado County Charter Section 202 regarding Term Limits for Board of Supervisors to provide that one additional four year term of office be added to extend allowed terms to three, such that Board members shall be limited to three consecutive terms, with no other changes to this Charter Section?

3) That in all particulars not recited in the Resolution, the election shall be held and conducted as provided by law. The Registrar of Voters is hereby authorized and directed to take all actions necessary for the conduct of the election, to canvass the results thereof, and to certify the results to the Board of Supervisors.

4) That the approval of this Resolution and the submittal of the measure referenced in Section 1 hereof to a vote of the people is not a project under the California Environmental Quality Act in that it does not have the potential to result in either a direct physical change in the environment, or a reasonable foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment (14 Cal. Code of Regs. Section 15378(a)), and in that the creation of governmental funding mechanisms or other government fiscal activities which do not involve any commitment to any specific project which may result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment is expressly excluded from the definition of a project (14 Code of Cal. Regs. Section 15378(b)(4)). 

EXHIBIT A PROPOSED CHARTER LANGUAGE TERM LIMITS Article II, Board of Supervisors, Section 202, “Term of Offices” This section of the charter, with changes, would read as follows: The term of office of supervisor is four years. Board members shall be limited to two three consecutive terms. No person elected supervisor may serve as such for more than two three successive four year terms. Any person elected to the office of supervisor to complete in excess of two years of a four year term shall be deemed, for the purpose of this section, to have served one full term upon the expiration of that term. No person having served two three successive four year terms may serve as a supervisor until at least four years after the expiration of the second third successive term in office. Any supervisor who resigns with less than two full years remaining until the expiration of the term shall be deemed, for the purpose of this section, to have served a full four year term. The above shall not disqualify any person from running for election to the Board of Supervisors for any term or terms which are not successive. The term of office commences at noon on the first Monday after the January 1st succeeding their election.  The supervisor for each of the First, Second and Third Districts shall be elected in 1996 even numbered years when Presidential elections occur. The supervisor for each of the Fourth and Fifth Districts shall be elected in 1994 even numbered years when Presidential elections do not occur. 

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