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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

Cameron Estates Community Services District
Measure H - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

362 votos si (75.57%)

117 votos no (24.43%)

100% de distritos activos (2/2).

490 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Special Tax Increase
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Shall the Measure be adopted to allow the Cameron Estates CSD to levy an increase of $345 to the special tax, over and above the current special tax rate of $250 per parcel per year, for a total tax rate not to exceed $595 per parcel per year to remain in effect until modified or repealed. If approved, $173,740 will be raised annually for the purpose of crucial road revitalization and improvements?

¿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 to authorize an increase in the annual special tax from $250 per parcel to $595 per parcel, as provided in the Measure. 

Un voto por el NO significa

A “no” vote is a vote against the increase to the existing special tax.  Michael J. Ciccozzi, El Dorado County, County Counsel 

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

County Counsel

Measure H (the “Measure”), if approved by two-thirds of the voters voting thereon, would increase an existing special tax from $250 per parcel per year to $595 per parcel per year. This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Directors of the Cameron Estates Community Services District pursuant to District Resolution No. 2018-03. 

The Cameron Estates Community Services District (“District”) currently levies a special tax in the amount of $250 per parcel per year to fund improvements, upgrades, and maintenance of roads within the District. If approved, this Measure would increase the existing special tax by $345 per parcel per year, for a total tax rate not to exceed $595 per parcel per year. If the Measure fails, the existing special tax in the amount of $250 per parcel per year will still remain in effect. 

If approved, the special tax authorized by this Measure will be used solely for the purpose of providing improvements, upgrades, and maintenance of roads within the District. The special tax would remain in effect until modified or repealed. The special tax authorized by this Measure is expected to generate annual revenue of $173,740 per year. 

The special tax authorized by this Measure will be listed as a separate item on the county property tax bill for each affected parcel of land and will be collected in the same manner as the general property tax. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes, including the provisions for penalties and the procedures for sale of the property in case of delinquency, shall also apply to the special tax.  State law requires the proceeds from the special tax be applied only to the identified purposes and that an annual report be made indicating the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded by the proceeds. 

A “yes” vote is a vote to authorize an increase in the annual special tax from $250 per parcel to $595 per parcel, as provided in the Measure. 

A “no” vote is a vote against the increase to the existing special tax.  Michael J. Ciccozzi, El Dorado County, County Counsel 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

The Cameron Estates CSD Board of Directors want you to know that passing Measure H will increase the annual special tax by $345, which will be used for maintenance and improvements of District roads. This is the minimum needed now for the sustainable management of all our roads. A growing backlog of needed but unfunded road work points to looming degradation in the 16+miles of District roads.

This increase is needed to renovate the District’s critical transportation infrastructure. Without it, crucial road improvements can not be completed.  The Directors are constantly surveying damaged roads and prioritizing work. We have a good working plan for road renovation and maintenance. The requested increase will fix longer sections of dilapidated roads, perform critical crack sealing, repair culverts, and reduce drainage problems that erode and undermine the roadways. 

Over 30 years ago, residents voted for a special assessment of $250 to maintain and improve the roads in Cameron Estates. Today, we feel justifiable pride in our community from the improved roads resulting from this long-term investment. Time and inflation have effectively cut in half the buying power of the original assessment.

The District needs your support so we can create safer, revitalized District roads consistent with the quality of our extraordinary community. 

Doris Miller, President, Cameron Estates CSD 

James Sholl, V.P. Director 

James R. Bergsten, Director 

Joshua D. Clark, Director 

Lynn Kissel, Director 

Argumento EN CONTRA

The CECSD was created about 50 years ago for the purpose of the maintenance and repair of the roads in the Cameron Estates Subdivision. For the first 40 years the CECSD was inclined to fill pot holes and chip and seal the roads. The is a relatively inexpensive process, but not cost effective. This is a bandaid repair. 

We have 16 miles of roads. Cameron Road was rebuilt following a major 1989 EID project. That road has not required any maintenance for almost 30 years.  About 10 years ago a portion of Flying C Road was rebuilt and is virtually maintenance free. The CECSD was able to manage this project within the current budget. If the remaining roads were improved the revenues would be surplus. The sooner all the district roads are improved the sooner we can realize low cost maintenance.  Although the road assessment revenues have not increased since 1989, the property tax revenues have increased 315% since 1989 from $29,000 to $92,000. Our current revenues are already $174,500.

Measure H fails to mention the other source of revenue. The assessment increase would increase out revenues $100,000 to $275,000.  As an alternative the CECSD could arrange a $1.500,000 loan through CSDA and fix all the roads up front. A $1.5 million loan from CSDA at 3% for 20 years would cost about $100,00 per year. We can pay that out of our current revenues with no need for increase in the assessment.  The voters did not approve the last five assessment measures even though four were less than the current proposed $345. It has no sunset clause. 

Vote No on Measure H  David L Leippe, Resident 

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

The District’s current budget identifies two major revenue sources, not one. The $250 Direct Assessment from 1989 raises approximately $72,750 from approximately 290 parcels. The Property Tax(ad valorem taxes) raises approximately $92,000. Combined, the two major revenue sources currently raise $171,750(including $7,000 from miscellaneous accounts). 

The Ballot Measure says that the proposed increased tax of $345(plus the current tax of $250) would raise $173,740 annually. Actually, the additional $345 assessment would add another $100,000 in revenues for a total of approximately $273,740 annually.  Although the District’s special parcel tax has not changed in over 30 years, the Property Tax revenue has increased over 300% since 1989. Every time a parcel is sold the property taxes are reassessed at the current market value. Ad valorem taxes also increase as parcels are improved, granny flats are added, and by Prop 13’s annual 2% increase. 

The District has been able to make road improvements within the current budget. However, all the roads could be improved by using CSDA financing. Assuming a loan of $1.5 million would cover the remaining road improvements, the payments would amount to $100,000 per year which would already be covered with the current revenues leaving $70,000 in reserve.  Any increase in the Direct Assessment should have a sunset clause. If all roads are improved, maintenance expenses will be reduced significantly. Cameron Road has been maintenance free for 30 years. 

Vote No on Measure H  David L Leippe, Resident 

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

For many years, Cameron Estates Community Services District has maintained the roads on a very limited budget attempting to fix larger projects every other year and repairing potholes for safety striving to prolong the life of the roads.  Although in good condition, both Cameron and Flying C Roads are not maintenance free, and required sinkhole and culvert repairs, crack sealing and seal coating. The District has never had any surplus because of ongoing maintenance and emergency repairs. 

District annual revenues from special tax and a portion of “ad valorem” property tax is approximately $164,000. The “ad valorem” fluctuates depending on property valuation and tax monies received from the County. There is no guarantee we will continue to receive this if the State takes these revenues from California Special Districts like ours. 

Cameron Estates CSD determined a loan of approximately $4,900,000 to asphalt, or $2,500,000 to double chip seal/petromat, would be needed to fix all 16 miles, and the loan cost with interest would not be feasible. A loan would use residents tax dollars to pay interest (20 years at 3% for $4.9 million = $1,622,068 interest payment alone and $2.5 million = $827,586 interest payment alone) and no money left for emergencies and maintenance. Whereas, any increase in the special tax would go to road repairs and maintenance. 

If this Measure passes, the District would have an additional $100,740 per year for road work. There is no sunset clause as roads require conditional maintenance. 

Doris Miller, President, Cameron Estates CSD 

James Sholl, Director V.P., Cameron Estates 

Karen Moonitz, General Manager, CECSD 

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

FULL TEXT OF MEASURE H  RESOLUTION NO. 2018-03 OF THE CAMERON ESTATES COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT  PROPOSING A BALLOT MEASURE TO INCREASE THE SPECIAL TAX WITHIN THE DISTRICT TO  PROVIDE FOR IMPROVEMENTS, UPGRADES AND INCREASED MAINTENANCE OF THE DISTRICT’S ROADS 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Cameron Estates Community Services District wishes to submit to the voters of the District a proposal to fund improvements and upgrades to the roads within the District and to increase the level of maintenance of the roads;

and  WHEREAS, Government Code § 50075 et seq. provides authority for special districts to impose special taxes;

and  WHEREAS, the Board has determined that an increase of the existing tax rate is necessary in order to adequately fund needed road improvements and upgrades and to increase the level of road maintenance within the District;

and  WHEREAS, the Board has determined that the electors within the District should have the opportunity to decide whether the level of funding for road improvements, upgrades and maintenance should be increased;

and  WHEREAS, Government Code § 53722 provides that a special tax must be submitted to the electorate of the District and approved by a two-thirds vote of the voters voting on the issue. 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Cameron Estates Community Services District as follows: 

1. The Board shall submit to the voters the question of whether to increase a special tax within the District for the purpose of needed improvements, upgrades and an increased level of maintenance of the roads within the District. 

2. A measure shall be placed on the ballot at the statewide general election to be held on November 6, 2018, for an increase of the special tax within the boundaries of the District to fund road improvements, upgrades and increased maintenance. 

3. The measure shall appear on the ballot in substantially the following form:  Shall the Measure be adopted to allow the Cameron Estates CSD to levy an increase of $345 to the special tax, over and above the current special tax rate of $250 per parcel per year, for a total tax rate not to exceed $595 per parcel per year to remain in effect until modified or repealed? If approved, $173,740 will be raised annually for the purpose of crucial road revitalization and improvements. 

4. A certified copy of this Resolution shall be delivered to the Office of the El Dorado County Clerk and the County Clerk shall be directed to conduct said election pursuant to applicable laws of the State of California. 

5. In accordance with applicable laws, the Cameron Estates Community Services District shall reimburse the County of El Dorado for the costs of such election. 

6. If approved by the electorate as set forth above, said special tax shall be levied and collected in accordance with this resolution and shall be collected in the same manner and subject to the same penalty as, or with, other charges and taxes fixed and collected by the District or by the County of El Dorado. 

7. Pursuant to Government Code § 50075.1 the specific purposes of the special taxes are hereby identified as providing road improvements, upgrades, and maintenance within the District. 

8. The proceeds of the special tax shall only be applied to the specific purposes identified above and the the proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited into the existing special account. 

9. The District shall prepare an annual report pursuant to Government Code § 50075.3 to determine the amount of funds collected and expended and to identify the purpose for which the special tax funds have been expended. 

10. In the event of any ambiguity, uncertainty or conflict regarding the application of the special tax to a particular parcel of land, such ambiguity shall be resolved by formal motion of the Board of Directors of the Cameron Estates Community Services District. 

11. Consolidate said election with the Statewide General Election conducted on the November 6, 2018.

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