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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

North County Fire Protection District
Measure T Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Failing

5,752 votos si (55.78%)

4,560 votos no (44.22%)

Special Fire Tax
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Shall the North County Fire Protection District of Monterey County impose an annual special tax to fund the District's response to fire, medical, rescue and hazardous condition emergencies; equipment replacement; training; and public fire prevention programs at the following rates: $39 per residential unit, $63.75 per unimproved lot/agricultural parcel, and $0.10 per square foot per commercial/industrial building with a minimum of $39; generating estimated revenues of approximately $760,000 annually with no termination date?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of imposing an annual tax all taxable real property within the District at rates discussed above.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote is a vote against imposing an annual tax on all taxable real property within the District. 

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Monterey County Elections Dept.

Approval of this measure would impose an annual special tax to fund the North County Fire Protection District and their response to fire, medical, rescue and hazardous condition emergencies, equipment replacement, training and public fire prevention programs and to reduce otherwise necessary service cutbacks to services and personnel layoffs.    

The tax would be applied against all taxable real property within the District which includes the communities within Monterey County: Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale and Royal Oaks. Taxable parcels are those parcels that appear on the annual Monterey County property tax roll and are billable for North County Fire Protection Services. The annual special tax would be imposed at the following rates: $39 per residential unit; $63.75 per unimproved lot/agricultural parcel, and $0.10 per square foot per commercial/industrial building with a minimum of $39.   

The special tax is estimated to generate revenues of approximately $760,000 annually, and if approved, will continue until repealed by the Board of Directors or by the voters. If approved, the tax would take effect the day following the November 6, 2018 election, upon certification of the election results and would begin to be levied beginning with the 2019-2020 fiscal year.   

The special tax will be used solely for the purpose of providing fire protection, fire prevention, fire suppression and for emergency medical response services within the District, and for any responses outside of the District under automatic/mutual aid agreements with other fire protection or emergency service agencies and for any incidental expenses related to collection of the tax. The District shall file a report with the District Board of Directors at least once a year, no later than January 1 of each year, and shall contain (1) the amount of funds collected and expended; and (2) the status of any project required or authorized to be funded with the proceeds of the tax.  

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Directors of the North County Fire Protection District of Monterey County pursuant to authority granted by the California Constitution, Article XIII.B, and California Health and Safety Code sections 13911 and Government Code 50075-50077.5, to impose special taxes upon 2/3 vote of the electorate. If approved, this special tax may exceed the appropriations limit as previously established for the District in accordance with the California Constitution and as such, approval of this tax shall constitute approval to increase the District’s spending limit in an amount equal to the revenue derived from the special tax, for the maximum period of time as allowed by law. 

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of imposing an annual tax all taxable real property within the District at rates discussed above.   

A “No” vote is a vote against imposing an annual tax on all taxable real property within the District.   

Dated:  August 3, 2018      

/s/ CHARLES J. MCKEE 

      Monterey County Counsel 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The North County Fire Protection District provides fire protection, prevention, rescue and emergency medical response services to our community, covering 125 square miles and about 42,000 residents. It is a Special District, completely independent from the County of Monterey, and its main revenue source is only a very small portion of property taxes.

The District responded to over 3,500 calls last year. That number increases every year and costs continue to rise. To make matters worse, the devaluation of the Moss Landing Power Plant severely reduced the District’s property tax income. In addition, our aging facilities are falling behind on necessary repairs, maintenance, and upgrades. We need this funding measure to help fill in the current and ongoing funding gap.

The District serves the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days per year with a limited number of staff and firefighters. It is currently funding some firefighter positions with a Federal grant, however that grant expires soon, and it cannot be renewed.

The District Board of Directors knows how important safety is to our community, and unanimously urges you to vote Yes.

Consider the following reasons to support the Fire Protection Services Measure:

• A Yes vote will maintain rapid emergency response services and benefit life safety. 

• A Yes vote will allow us to maintain adequate staffing to respond to medical emergencies, fires, traffic accidents, hazardous spills, and other emergencies.

• A Yes vote will help the District to continue to provide safety standby services and other local community support.

• All revenue from this ballot measure will be locally controlled and used locally.

This Fire Protection Services Measure includes strict accountability provisions, including an annual financial audit.

Please vote Yes to help keep the North County area safe.

/s/ Donald D. Chapin Jr, President

/s/ John M. Phillips, County Supervisor

/s/ Jess Cortez, Union President Local 305

/s/ Eric Tynan, G M Castroville Water District

/s/ Grant Leonard

— Monterey County Elections Dept.

Argumento EN CONTRA

No arguments have been submitted against Measure T.

 

— Monterey County Elections Dept.

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF SPECIAL TAX MEASURE

NORTH COUNTY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT PARCEL TAX

FOR EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESPONSE AND FIRE PROTECTION SERVICES

 

The North County Fire Protection District is responsible for emergency medical response and fire protection services to the communities of Castroville, Elkhorn, Las Lomas, Moss Landing, Oak Hills, Pajaro, Prunedale, and Royal Oaks; within Monterey County.

 

In order to maintain prompt local fire protection and emergency medical response services within the North County Fire Protection District; to prevent the layoff of firefighters once the current SAFER grant has expired, so that firefighters are available to respond to all emergencies; to keep property insurance rates manageable; and to adequately train and equip firefighters; the District proposes to levy a special tax on each taxable parcel of land within the District at the following annual rates:

 

Property Type

Rate

Residential Dwelling Unit

$39.00 per residential dwelling unit

Unimproved (vacant, parking lot, agricultural)

$63.75 per parcel

Commercial, Industrial, Office, Recreational Property

$0.10 per square foot of building area, with a minimum of $39 per parcel 

 

Taxable parcels are those parcels that appear on the annual secured Monterey County property tax roll and are billable for North County Fire Protection District services.

 

The purpose of this parcel tax will be to ensure continued local fire suppression and protection as well as rapid emergency response services for all residents, employees, and visitors in the District. The revenues raised by this special tax will only be used to defray operating expenses and equipment and capital improvement expenditures to accomplish the foregoing purposes.

 

If the special tax is approved by two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure, the District’s appropriations limit will be increased by the amount of this voter-approved tax.

 

The special tax revenues shall be deposited into a separate account for exclusive use by the North County Fire Protection District, in accordance with Government Code Section 50075.1, and shall be expended by the District according to a plan developed annually by the District’s staff and approved and adopted by the District’s Board of Directors.

 

The District will cause to be filed an annual report with its Board of Directors, which report shall include the amount of special tax revenues collected and expended, and which shall otherwise comply with the accountability measures established in Government Code Sections 50075.1 et seq.

 

Any property owner who is assessed a special tax as provided for herein may appeal any determination by the District concerning the nature of the use of the property or the calculation of the amount of the tax by filing a notice of appeal with the District offices. Any such appeal shall be filed by December 1 of the calendar year for which the tax is levied. The appeal shall be filed on the form provided by the District and shall contain a statement by the property owner as to the nature and basis for the appeal in accordance with the District’s appeal procedure.

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