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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

City of Sebastopol
Measure Q - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

2,778 votos si (68.2%)

1,298 votos no (31.8%)

100% de distritos activos (3/3).

Sales Tax Extension
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Shall the measure to extend until repealed by the voters, the previously approved City of Sebastopol's 0.5% increase in transactions and use tax, which annually raises $1,400,000, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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


Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)


On July 17, 2018, the City Council of the City of Sebastopol voted unanimously to place this measure on the ballot of the November 6, 2018 Election.

Measure Q would amend a measure adopted by Sebastopol voters in the Novem- ber 2012 election. The original measure added a half-cent sales tax for 8 years to local purchases, amounting to an extra 50 cents on a $100 purchase. The sales tax is planned to sunset in 2021.

The current sales tax rate in Sebastopol is 8.875%, including 6% for the State, .875% for the County, .25% for SMART, and 1.75% for the City. The full amount of the revenues generated from this tax are placed in the City’s General Fund and are available to support general City operations and programs such as police and fire services, street maintenance, park and recreational programs, community benefit grants, and any other governmental functions and services.

If approved, the Measure will continue to be in effect until repealed by the voters. The measure would not increase or otherwise change the sales tax.

A “Yes” vote is a vote to approve the extension of the current sales tax. A “No” vote is a vote against the extension of the current sales tax.

The proposed extension of this tax is authorized by California Revenue and Taxa- tion Code Section 7285.9, subject to approval by two-thirds of the City Council and a majority of the voters voting on the measure. The measure would be approved if it receives a simple majority of “Yes” votes.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Q. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk at (707) 823-1153 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Dated: August 20, 2018

 Larry McLaughlin City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR


Measure ____ does not raise Sebastopol’s sales tax rates. It continues the current 0.5% sales tax in the City of Sebastopol that was approved by voters in 2010. It is not a tax on your home or property. The original measure that was passed in 2010 had a sunset clause requiring that voters re-approve the measure. We are asking for that approval now.

The City of Sebastopol’s total General Fund Revenue is approximately 8.8 million and this 0.5% sales tax currently supplies 16% of that revenue (approximately $1.4 million per year). This revenue supports the City’s ability to provide exceptional police and fire services, maintain our parks, streets, and infrastructure; and assist our non-profits in providing services and recreation for youth and seniors.

Thanks to the revenue generated by this sales tax, for the past five years the City of Sebastopol has significantly increased its emergency reserves and set aside funds for sewer and street maintenance, City vehicle replacements (including Fire Engines), infrastructure improvements, upgrading computers and billing services, and funding for the City’s pension obligations.

It is vital that Measure ____ be approved to continue Sebastopol’s positive progress and fiscal responsibility.

As a very small city, we all rely on this 0.5% sales tax to deliver the services and quality of life that our residents expect. Please join a unanimous City Council in voting to support our community and invest in our future.

s/ Patrick Slayter
Mayor, City of Sebastopol

s/ Michael Carnacchi
Council Member, City of Sebastopol

s/ Neysa Hinton
Vice Mayor, City of Sebastopol

s/ Sarah Glade Gurney
Council Member, City of Sebastopol

s/ Una JM Glass
Council Member, City of Sebastopol

— Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

Argumento EN CONTRA


— Sonoma County ROV (Sample Ballot)

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

ORDINANCE NO. ________



1. Amendment to Section 18 of Ordinance No. 1052 2. Effect on Ordinance No. 1052
3. Voters’ Power

The voters of the City of Sebastopol hereby find, declare and do ordain as follows:

In 2012, the voters approved Measure Y, which authorized a 0.5% increase in the City’s transactions and use tax. Measure Y has helped the City stay solvent, maintain essential services, and rebuild reserve funds.

Measure Y generates approximately 15% of the City’s annual revenue. This revenue is used for the general governmental needs of the City, and it supports many programs and services including police, fire, public works, and administration. Additionally, as a locally enacted measure, Measure Y creates a funding stream that cannot be taken by other entities, such as the State of California.

Measure Y is set to expire on March 31, 2021.

Based on the City’s budget projections, if Measure Y expires, the City will lose approximately $1.4 million annually. While the City continues to be fiscally prudent, without Measure Y revenues, the City will face a budget shortfall, which will require additional permanent budget reductions, and will further reduce the City’s ability to provide for community programs and current services. Without the continuation of Measure Y, the City’s ability to maintain public service levels, roads and infrastructure will be uncertain.

Section 1. Amendment to Section 18 of Ordinance No. 1052. Section 18 of Ordinance No. 1052 is amended as follows:

Section 18. TERMINATION DATE DURATION. The authority to levy the tax imposed by this ordinance shall continue until repealed by the voters of the City expire on the eighth (8th) anniversary of the Operative Date, unless extended by a majority of the voters of the City

Section 2. Effect on Ordinance No. 1052. Ordinance No. 1052 otherwise remains in full force and effect, including, but not limited to, the method of collection for said tax.

Section 3. Voters’ Power. By approving this ordinance, the voters authorize the City Council to amend this tax without subsequent voter approval so long as such amendment does not increase the amount of the tax paid by any taxpayer. This tax shall remain in effect until repealed or amended by the voters.

THE FOREGOING ORDINANCE was adopted by Declaration of the vote of the Sebastopol City Council on the ____ day of _______, 2018, at a regular meeting of the Sebastopol City Council by the following vote, to wit:

City of Sebastopol City Council: Ayes:



APPROVED: ____________________ Mayor

ATTEST: _______________________ City Clerk

____________________________________ City Attorney

Approved by the Voters of the City of Sebastopol at the November 6, 2018 Election

If the majority of the qualified electors voting on the initiative measure shall vote in favor thereof, the initiative measure shall become a valid and binding ordinance of the City of Sebastopol and shall be considered adopted upon the date that the vote is declared by the City Council of said City.

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