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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
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City of Fort Bragg
Measure AB Advisory Question - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

1,765 votos si (69.65%)

769 votos no (30.35%)

100% de distritos activos (19/19).

2,534 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Advisory Vote on Measure AA
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If Measure "AA" is approved by voters, shall the People of the City of Fort Bragg advise the City Council to use the additional funds in the following manner: (i) One-half of the revenues to substantially increase promotions, events, and marketing for Fort Bragg; (ii) One-quarter of the revenues to enhance Coastal Trail maintenance and security; (iii) One-eighth of the revenues to support establishment of the Noyo Center for Marine Sciences as a premiere visitor attraction; and (iv) One-eighth of the revenues to undertake special projects that support tourism and benefit the community including, but not limited to, repair and enhancement of local athletic fields?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City Attorney

The Fort Bragg City Council has placed Measure AB on the ballot.  Measure AB asks the voters to consider a non-binding advisory measure regarding the use of additional revenues that may be generated by the voters’ approval of Measure AA, which is a 2% increase in the City’s Transient Occupancy Tax (“TOT”).

Under State law, the City Council may place advisory measures on the ballot in order to receive voters’ opinions on issues.  The results of this advisory vote are not binding on the City, but may prove helpful in communicating the will of the voters to the City Council as it makes decisions about how funds from Measure AA will be spent.

A “Yes” vote expresses an opinion supporting the uses of the additional TOT proceeds in the following manner:

  - 50% (i.e., one-half of the additional revenues) to substantially increase promotions, special events, and marketing for Fort Bragg;

  -  25% (i.e., one-quarter of the additional revenues) to enhance Coastal Trail maintenance and security;

  -  12.5% (i.e., one-eighth of the additional revenues) to support establishment of the Noyo Center for Marine Science as a premier visitor attraction; and

  -  12.5% (i.e., one-eighth of the additional revenues) to undertake special projects that support tourism and benefit the community including, but not limited to, repair and enhancement of local athletic fields.

A “No” vote may be viewed as expressing an opinion against the uses of the revenue that have been proposed or as a neutral opinion neither in favor of, nor in opposition to, the uses proposed

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on Measures AA and AB!  Tourism is a vital part of Fort Bragg’s economy.  Last year, visitors spent an estimated $90 million in Fort Bragg – providing essential support for local shops, restaurants, gas stations, lodging, grocery stores, and other attractions. Measure AA will help sustain and grow Fort Bragg’s tourism industry.

 

Measure AA will increase Fort Bragg’s Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) rate from 10% to 12%.  TOT is a tax paid by visitors to Fort Bragg, not local residents. It is a major revenue source for the City’s general fund and helps pay for core services like the police and fire departments, park maintenance and community development. Last year, Fort Bragg’s hotels, motels and B&Bs collected nearly $2 Million in TOT from overnight guests. Measure AA will result in visitors contributing an additional $400,000 per year in TOT.

 

Many northern California towns that are also tourist destinations have TOT rates in the 12% to 15% range. Increasing Fort Bragg’s TOT rate to 12% will generate funds to invest in activities that support year-round tourism. The City Council’s intended uses of the revenues generated by Measure AA are identified in Measure AB and include: a robust promotional and marketing campaign (including special events and festivals), improved maintenance and security for the Coastal Trail, support for development of the Noyo Center for Marine Sciences as a premiere visitor attraction, rehabilitation of the School District’s athletic fields, and funding for other special projects that support tourism and our community.

 

All Fort Bragg businesses and residents benefit from the many millions of dollars that visitors spend in our town. By investing in Fort Bragg’s tourism infrastructure, Measure AA will strengthen the entire local economy.

 

Vote YES on Measures AA and AB for Fort Bragg’s prosperous future!

 

s/Dave Turner, on behalf of the

Fort Bragg City Council

s/ Kim Queen, Owner

Emerald Dolphin Inn

s/Nancy Cardenas Fowler, Owner

Glass Beach Bed & Breakfast

s/Suhail Ahmad, Owner

Surf Motel & Gardens

s/Jon Glidewell, General Manager

Beachcomber Motel

Surf and Sand Lodge

Beach House Inn

 

 

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE AA &/OR MEASURE AB WAS SUBMITTED.

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