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November 7, 2017 — Local Elections
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City of Desert Hot Springs
Measure B - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

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1,672 votos si (75.18%)

552 votos no (24.82%)

100% de distritos activos (5/5).

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Shall the Ordinance preventing public safety service cuts to police/emergency response times, anti-gang/anti-drug, youth violence and sex offender/parolee programs, extending existing, voter-approved public safety measure at a reduced rate of $103 per single family residence, providing approximately $2,000,000 annually, until ended by voters, requiring audits, with all funds for local public safety, and a tax decrease for these parcels, be adopted?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Desert Hot Springs City Attorney

The City Council of the City of Desert Hot Springs has placed Measure B on the November 7, 2017, ballot to ask voters to consider extending the existing, voter-approved Public Safety Special Tax ("Public Safety Tax"), with certain adjustments including a reduced rate for single family residential units, and an increased rate for certain vacant parcel land use categories. Measure B would only become effective if approved by two-thirds of the voters casting a vote on the Measure.

A "Yes" vote is to extend the Public Safety Tax.

A "No" vote is to allow the tax to expire on June 30, 2020.

If passed, Measure B would extend the current Public Safety Tax, until repealed by voters, providing approximately $2,000,000 annually, with an additional $91,138.44 annually. All Measure B proceeds would specifically fund public safety, and would be subject to independent audits and public oversight.

If Measure B does not pass, the loss of funds will likely have a significant impact on the levels of public safety services, such as investigating and preventing crime, anti-gang/anti-drug enforcement operations, rapid emergency response times, youth violence prevention, sex-offender and parolee monitoring programs, graffiti removal, animal control, code enforcement, and other support services.

In June 2010, the City's voters extended the Public Safety Tax (codified in Desert Hot Springs Municipal Code Section 3.32), which terminates on June 30, 2020. Currently, the tax is levied on all real property located within the City, except property exempt under state or federal law. The Public Safety Tax provides funding for police and fire protection, emergency response times, anti-gang and anti-drug programs, and youth violence prevention programs.

Measure B would extend the Public Safety Tax, making certain adjustments to certain tax rates as described below. The adjustments are also subject to Consumer Price Index. The amount of the Public Safety Tax is based on each property's land use classification, including residential, commercial, industrial, and hotel properties. If Measure B passes, the rates for the following land use classifications will change, but all other land use classification rates would remain the same:

-        Single Family Residential, measured per dwelling unit, will be decreased from $138.64 to $103.00;

-        Residential Vacant, measured per dwelling unit, will be increased from $9.82 to $19.14;

-        Commercial Vacant, measured per acre, will be increased from $133. $267.60

-        Industrial Vacant, measured per acre, will be increased from $2.71 to $5.42

-        Hotel Vacant, measured per acre, will be increased from $11.25 to $22.50

By placing Measure B on the ballot, the City of Desert Hot Springs complies with Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, which requires the voters to approve an amended ordinance extending a special tax. The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure B. If you desire a copy of the measure, call the City Clerk's office at 760-329­6411 and a copy will be mailed to you at no cost.

Dated: August 21, 2017

 

Jennifer Mizrahi
City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote YES on B for a BETTER crime response and REDUCED property taxes!

YES on B maintains:

·         Crime investigation and prevention

·         Anti-gang and anti-drug enforcement operations

·         Youth violence prevention

·         Parolee and sex offender monitoring

YES on B maintains existing, voter-approved funding for public safety in Desert Hot Springs, including police officers and ememency dispatch operators, anti-gang enforcement operations, graffiti removal, animal control, and building safety/code enforcement services.

YES on B lowers homeowner property taxes while ensuring everyone — including vacant lot owners — pays their fair share for public safety in Desert Hot Springs.

Our excellent police department is making progress lowering our violent crime rate — we need YES on B to keep crime rates down and our families safe!

Measure B is NOT a new tax and will DECREASE homeowners' property taxes. YES on B  allows the police to continue patrolling our neighborhoods, investigate gang and drug crimes, crack down on parole violations, monitor sex offenders and PREVENT crimes before they happen.

Without Measure B, we will simply not be able to operate our police department.

YES on B is critical to revitalizing the local economy. Spas and tourism are crucial to Desert Hot Springs' economy. By reducing crime, drugs and gangs, Measure B makes our city safer and more attractive to business — providing the economic stimulus we need to continue revitalizing our city.

Measure B continues to require tough accountability, including guaranteed annual independent audits. Every penny is required, by law, to stay in Desert Hot Springs for public safety. These fiscal safeguards ensure Measure B funds are used efficiently, effectively and as promised to voters.

Join a unanimous City Council, public safety and business leaders, community members and neighbors in voting YES on B — for a BETTER crime response and REDUCED taxes!

For more factual information visit: www.cityofdhs.org.

— Desert Hot Springs City Clerk

Argumento EN CONTRA

KILLS BUSINESS & KILLS DEVELOPMENT!!!

This is a trick. This tax was agreed to end now 100%. Devastating to Desert Hot Springs business and development. Crushing tax increase. No more effective way to destroy DHS business prospects. Takes aim at the only thing that can save us... business.

A game of chicken? Raising the stakes, refusing to reform. No enormous tax increase and they will bankrupt the city (requiring reforms anyway). They get this tax increase, no reforms. Pretty well thought out and precisely timed. Cynically short changing the kids (needing money for our pool) to advantageously change perceptions. Remember the absurdity of our swim team forced to practice in a parking lot. Twisted priorities and gross mismanagement is our problem.

We had millions for facades and other goodies. More than $36 Million in redevelopment bonds alone... like magic, all gone with interest. This dramatic sleight of hand distracts from asking where it went. Realistic balance is needed. The stakeholders need to propose solutions.

Bentley's Transparency Reforms (Why can't we do this?)

1)   Require the current and proposed budgets be online

2)   Require expense account expenditures online

3)   Require city contracts online

"Impartial Analysis" is written by the City Attorney. You've already paid him for it.

My Analysis

 

Purpose: Increase taxes and punish owners of open space. Wrecks well considered plans of individuals. More taxes will kill development prospects. Value of the properties will simply drop to balance the cost of new taxes, devastating all property values. This is obvious, like gravity. The basis upon which the taxes are levied is reduced. Bringing in less revenue than predicted. Added taxes may cause more unfinished projects.

Thank You,
Robert M. Bentley
Former Police Commissioner
www.NODHSTAX.com

— Desert Hot Springs City Clerk

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Remember, I was the only one who told you the truth.
Just After the Election... CBS Local 2...

"DHS Residents Want Answers

People we spoke with in Desert Hot Springs Tuesday could not believe the mayor and the entire council were not aware their city was projected to run out of money by early next year. How wouldn't they know? Thats what they do for a living, 33-year DHS resident, Sam Jones, said. Theyre supposed to run the city. You're telling me that they just dont know, yet theyre going to go bankrupt. Id like to know why does City Hall have to steal money from the people? Art Shine said. Were paying through the nose as is."

The General Fund = City Council Slush Fund (Dark Pools of Money)

Over $300 Million for a new prison in Indio... Plenty of money for prison beds for DHS kids, but nothing else. Twisted priorities, a dead end for DHS kids.

They claim they have made huge cuts to the budget. Are they lying again? The fact is if you cut money you were never going to have, that is not a cut. That is just reality crashing in on you.

One defining characteristic of an actual cut is that you have the money left over afterward. Only in politics can you pat yourself on the back for not spending money you were never going to have.

Thank You,

Robert M. Bentley

Former Police Commissioner

 

www.NODHSTAX.com

— Desert Hot Springs City Clerk

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

   

 

 

EXHIBIT A

 

PROPOSED ORDINANCE

 

ORDINANCE NO. _____

AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS, AMENDING CHAPTER 3.32 (PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIAL TAX) OF THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS’ MUNICIPAL CODE EXTENDING THE DURATION OF THE EXISTING, VOTER-APPROVED PUBLIC SAFETY SPECIAL TAX, AMENDING THE TAX RATES UNTIL ENDED BY THE VOTERS

THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF DESERT HOT SPRINGS ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1.                   ELECTIONS CODE SECTION 13119 STATEMENT

A.    That the decrease in the Public Safety Special Tax rate for:

1. Single Family Residential/R-1/CON, which is measured per dwelling unit, which will be decreased from $138.64 (which is the current rate for FY 2017/2018) to $103.00

B.    That the increase in the Public Safety Special Tax rates for:

1.    Residential Vacant, which is measured per dwelling unit, which will be increased from $9.82 (which is the current rate for FY 2017/2018) to $19.14

2.    Commercial Vacant, which is measured per acre, which will be increased from $133.80 (which is the current rate for FY 2017/2018) to $267.60

3.    Industrial Vacant, which is measured per acre, which will be increased from $2.71 (which is the current rate for FY 2017/2018) to $5.42

4.    Hotel Vacant, which is measured per acre, which will be increased from $11.25 (which is the current rate for FY 2017/2018) to $22.50

All of the above is expected to produce annually an additional $91,138.44 of revenue for the 245 Fund, with the Public Safety Tax remaining in place until subsequently repealed by the voters.

Section 2.                   AMENDMENT TO CHAPTER 3.32

That Chapter 3.32 of the Desert Hot Springs Municipal Code shall be amended to read as follows (the only edit is shown in bold and underline in Section 3.32.210 “Expiration date”):

3.32.010 Definitions.

Except where the context otherwise requires, the definitions of the words and phrases set forth in this section shall govern the application and administration of the provisions of this chapter:

“Administrator” means the City of Desert Hot Springs Finance Director, or designee.

“Animal control services” means services directed towards maintaining a safe and stray-free community, including the enforcement of applicable state and City laws and citing of violators; kennel operation and maintenance services; care for impounded animals and adoption services; pick-up of stray animals; issuing and recording dog licenses; investigating animal abuse; handling endangered species; and removing wild animals and reptiles from the community; and administrative costs directly related thereto.

 

“City” means the City of Desert Hot Springs.

“Code enforcement services” means services directed toward the enforcement of municipal code provisions with respect to public nuisances, including zoning, signs, land use and property maintenance violations, and toward the enforcement of municipal code provisions with respect to business licensing and removal of abandoned vehicles; and administrative costs directly related thereto.

“Dwelling unit” means, without limitation, one or more rooms including bathroom(s) and a kitchen, designated as a unit for occupancy by one family or for living and sleeping purposes for developed properties. In calculating the special tax for residential vacant properties, the number of dwelling units per acre shall be assigned based on the approved residential zoning according to the following formula: (1) R-L Residential Low—Three dwelling units per acre; (2) R-M Residential Medium—Five dwelling units per acre; (3) R-MH Residential Mobile Home—Six dwelling units per acre; and (4) R-H Residential High—Eight dwelling units per acre. In instances in which the appropriate zoning for a residential vacant property is uncertain, the Administrator shall assign the property to a zoning district, referring to the City of Desert Hot Springs General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and Zoning Map in making the determination.

“Fire protection services” means the services provided by the Riverside County Fire Department pursuant to a cooperative agreement to provide fire protection, fire prevention, rescue and medical aid for the City entered into by and between the City and Riverside County Fire Department, and administrative costs directly related thereto.

“Parcel” means an individual property assigned its own assessment number by the Riverside County Assessor’s office.

“Person” means any natural individual, firm, trust, common law trust, estate, joint stock company, joint venture, limited liability company, corporation (foreign or domestic), cooperative, or receiver, trustee, guardian or other representative appointed by order of any court.

“Police protection services” means services protecting the safety of the citizens of the City through the maintenance of law and order, including the enforcement of criminal and vehicular laws and municipal code provisions; services to enhance the quality of life, environment and safety of the citizens of the City; services responding to calls for police assistance; services in cooperation with other City departments, including code enforcement and animal control, and services in cooperation with other law enforcement agencies and social service agencies; and administrative costs directly related thereto.

“Public safety services” means animal control services, code enforcement services, fire protection services and police protection services.

 

“State” means the state of California.

3.32.020 Use of special tax revenues.

The revenues of the special tax may be used only for funding public safety services and collection costs related to: 

A.    The collection of the tax by the Assessor and Tax Collector of the County of Riverside; and

B.    Foreclosure activities in the event of nonpayment of the tax.

3.32.030 Separate public safety services accounts.

The revenue produced by the special tax shall be placed by the Finance Department into a separate public safety services account.

3.32.040 Prohibited use of revenue for other services—Annual reporting and audit.

A.    No revenue generated by the special tax shall be used for any purpose whatsoever other than for funding public safety services and the collection costs described in Section 3.32.020 unless this chapter is amended to provide otherwise pursuant to the approval of at least a two-thirds vote of the electors of the City at an election called for such a purpose in a manner consistent with California Constitution Article XIIID, Section 3, California Government Code Sections 53722 et seq., and/or any other applicable state constitutional provision, law or regulation pertaining to such matters.

B.    The City of Desert Hot Springs’ existing Public Safety Commission shall, in addition to the Commission’s existing responsibilities, serve as an advisory committee to the City Council with respect to the receipt and expenditure of public safety special tax funds. In that capacity, the Public Safety Commission shall at least annually prepare and provide to the City Council a review of the expenditures of funds generated by the public safety special tax.

C.   By no later than December 31st of each year, the City’s independent auditors shall complete a compliance and internal control audit report for public safety special tax funds received. Such report shall review whether the tax revenue is collected, managed and expended in accordance with Chapter 3.32 of the Municipal Code.

3.32.050 Special tax area.

The special tax area is all land within the City of Desert Hot Springs.

3.32.060 Land use category.

The amount of the special tax shall be based in part upon the land use category of the subject parcel (land use category), as set forth in Appendix A hereto and incorporated herein by this reference, and shall be initially in the amounts set forth in Appendix A.

3.32.070 Prohibited additions and modifications to special tax areas and/or land use categories.

No boundary modifications to the existing special tax area and no modifications to the land use categories shall be made which will result in an increase in the rate or amount of any special tax above the rate or amount set forth in this chapter unless such an addition or modification is submitted to the voters and is approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the electors of the City at an election called for such a purpose in a manner consistent with California Constitution Article XIIID, Section 3, California Government Code Sections 53722 et seq., and/or any other applicable constitutional provision, law or regulation pertaining to such matters.

 

3.32.080 Change in special tax rate resulting from change in zoning, development or usage.

Notwithstanding Section 3.32.070, any increase in the rate or amount of the special tax which results from a change in zoning (e.g., from recreational to commercial), a change in development (e.g., from unimproved to improved) or usage (e.g., from a hotel to a boarding house) shall not be required to be submitted to the voters for approval. For each real property which is subject to a change in zoning, or for which a change in development or a change in usage is approved, the rate of the special tax that will be levied upon the real property shall be the rate applicable to other similarly situated properties in that particular zone, with that particular type of development and usage. This paragraph shall be interpreted in a manner which is consistent with this chapter.

3.32.090 Parcels subject to special tax.

The special tax shall be imposed on all parcels of real property located within the special tax area unless otherwise specifically exempted in this chapter.

3.32.100 Exempted parcels.

Parcels owned by the City, the federal government, the state, or any other local public agency and parcels owned by any other public or private entity that is specifically exempted from local property-related taxation regulations under any applicable federal or state statute or regulation shall be exempt from the imposition of the special tax set forth in this chapter.

3.32.110 Possessory interests in exempted parcels.

Any non-public entity holding or possessing a leasehold interest or any other similar possessory interest in any real property specifically exempt under Section 3.32.100 shall be subject to the imposition of the special tax in a manner consistent with the purposes and provisions of this chapter.

3.32.120 Annexations.

Parcels annexed by the City after the effective date of the ordinance codified in this chapter shall be included in the special tax area which most closely resembles the zoning, land use and locational characteristics of the respective parcel, as shall be determined by the City, and the subject parcel shall be subject to the imposition of the special tax set forth in this chapter only if the imposition of the special tax on the subject parcel is accomplished in a manner consistent with California Constitution Article XIIID, Section 3, California Government Code Sections 53722 et seq., and/or any other applicable constitutional provision, law or regulation pertaining to such matters.

3.32.130 Annual adjustments.

The amount of the special tax as set forth in this chapter shall be adjusted annually by the cost of living increase as represented in the Consumer Price Index utilized by the Department of Labor for the area including Riverside County (currently, the Metropolitan Los Angeles area) for the most recent 12 months preceding the annual review of the cost of living pursuant to this section, or three percent, whichever is less.

 

3.32.140 Prohibition against discretionary adjustments in amount of special tax.

Other than the annual adjustments set forth in Section 3.32.130, the City, the City Council and/or any other decision-making authority of the City shall be prohibited from increasing the rate or amount of the special tax above the rate or amount set forth in this chapter unless such an increase in the rate or amount is submitted to the voters and is approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the electors of the City at an election called for such a purpose in a manner consistent with California Constitution Article XIIID, Section 3, California Government Code Sections 53722 et seq., and/or any other applicable constitutional provision, law or regulation pertaining to such matters.

3.32.150 Civil debt.

The special tax and all applicable penalties and interest shall be deemed a civil debt owing to the City which may be collected in the manner provided by the municipal code or any other applicable law, rule or regulation.

3.32.160 Assessment and collection duties.

The assessment and tax collection duties associated with the special tax described in this chapter shall be, pursuant to California Government Code Section 51501, the responsibility of the Assessor and Tax Collector of the County of Riverside.

3.32.170 Installment dates.

The special tax set forth in this chapter shall be due in two equal installments on the same dates in accordance with the schedule utilized by the assessor and tax collector of the County in collecting other property taxes on behalf of the City.

3.32.180 Method of collection.

The special tax set forth in this chapter shall be collected in the same manner in accordance with the procedures utilized by the Assessor and Tax Collector of the County in collecting other property taxes on behalf of the City.

3.32.190 Penalties and interest.

The special tax shall be subject to the same penalties and interest set forth by the County on behalf of the City and such penalties and interest shall constitute a lien upon the subject parcel until it has been paid.

3.32.200 Limited authority of the City Council.

The City Council, by three affirmative votes, is authorized:

A.       To reduce the amount of the special tax pro rata among parcels for a current fiscal year if it is determined within the City Council’s sole discretion that the amount of revenue produced by the special tax exceeds the cost of the public safety services for that fiscal year.

 

B.     To sit as a Board of Equalization under procedures to be adopted to equalize inequities and reduce hardships for the current fiscal year created by a literal interpretation of this chapter and any such action taken in this capacity shall be deemed an administrative action.

C.     To annually provide an official assessment book designating the actual special tax levy on each parcel to the Assessor and Tax Collector of the County.

D.     To amend this chapter for the purpose of administering the general purposes of the
article and conforming with any applicable federal and/or state statute, rule or regulation.

3.32.210 Expiration date.

This chapter shall expire until repealed by the voters June 30, 2020.

Appendix A.

LAND USE
CATEGORY

UNIT OF MEASURE

TAX RATE

NEW TAX

RATE

 

 

 

 

 

Single Family

Residential/R-1/CON

Per dwelling unit

$120.87

$103

 

Duplexes/R-2

Per dwelling unit

$67.60

 

Apartments/Mobile Homes/ R-3

Per dwelling unit

$38.71

 

Residential Vacant

Per dwelling unit

$8.57

$19.14

Commercial Developed

Per acre (

$3,734.14

 

Commercial Developed

Per acre (>0.15 acres)

$3,253.20

 

Commercial Vacant

Per acre

$116.66

$267.60

Industrial Developed

Per acre

$521.92

 

Industrial Vacant

Per acre

$2.36

$5.42

Hotel Developed

Per room

$38.16

 

Hotel Vacant

Per acre

$9.80

$22.50

 

Section 3.                  VOTER APPROVAL

That this ordinance was approved by at least two-thirds (2/3rd) of the voters voting in the Desert Hot Springs special municipal election held on November 7, 2017.

Section 4.                 SEVERABILITY

That should any provision, section, paragraph, sentence or word of this ordinance be rendered or declared invalid by any final court action in a court of competent jurisdiction or by reason of any preemptive legislation, the remaining provisions, sections, paragraphs, sentences or words of this ordinance as hereby adopted shall remain in full force and effect.

Section 5.                  REPEAL OF CONFLICTING PROVISIONS

That all the provisions of the Municipal Code as heretofore adopted by the City of Desert Hot Springs that are in conflict with the provisions of this ordinance are hereby repealed.


Section 6.                   CERTIFICATION

That the City Clerk shall certify to the passage of this ordinance and shall cause the same to be published according to law.

Section 7.                   EFFECTIVE DATE

That this ordinance shall take effect ten (10) days following the City Council’s certification of the results of the November 7, 2017, special municipal election.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the People of the City of Desert Hot Springs at a special municipal election held on November 7, 2017.

ATTEST:

Jerryl Soriano, City Clerk                                         

Scott Matas, Mayo

APPROVED AS TO FORM:

Jennifer A. Mizrahi, City Attorney

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