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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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City of Brisbane
Measure C Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

587 votos si (82.7%)

123 votos no (17.3%)

Liquid Storage Facilities Business License Tax
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To pay for general municipal expenses, shall the City revise/increase the annual business license tax on a liquid storage facility of up to six cents per barrel delivered over the rack to such facility in the preceding calendar year?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Thomas McMorrow, Interim City Attorney, City of Brisbane

At the general election in November 2013, Brisbane voters approved an ordinance imposing an annual business license tax on persons engaged in the business of operating, leasing, supplying, or providing a liquid storage facility in the City of Brisbane. The ordinance allows the City to impose up to a maximum business license tax of $115.28 per year for each 1,000 cubic feet of liquid storage capacity.

At the time the ordinance was adopted, the only liquid storage facility in Brisbane was the Kinder Morgan facility on Tunnel Avenue. That remains the case today. Accordingly, since the voters' approval of the ordinance for its facility in Brisbane, Kinder Morgan has paid an annual business license tax to the City in amounts raging from $135,000 to $365,000.

Kinder Morgan filed a civil lawsuit against the City, seeking reimbursement for the taxes it paid. The suit conditionally settled. As part of that conditional settlement, the City Council agreed to place before the voters a revision to the business license tax on liquid storage facilities. This ballot measure satisfies the City's obligation under the conditional settlement agreement to place before the voters a revision to the businessl icense tax on liquid storage facilities in Brisbane. If the voters approve the ballot measure, the Kinder Morgan litigation will be resolved.

If approved by the voters, the proposed ordinance, as revised, would impose a tax rate of up to 6 cents per barrel of liquid fuel transportated for delivery at the Kinder Morgan facility ("over the rack" barrels) but with a cap on the tax (as to Kinder Morgan) of $400,000 annually. In 2018, there were nearly 7 million of barrels "over the rack" at the Kinder Morgan facility. It is anticipated that over time the number of barrels over the rack at the Kinder Morgan facility will not change significantly.

Because this tax is for general municipal purposes, under Proposition 218, adopted by the voters in 1996, any proposed increase in a tax is subject to approval by a majority of the voters voting on the proposed increase at a regularly scheduled election at which members of the Brisbane City Council are elected.  The next regularly scheduled election for Council members if November 5, 2019.

A "yes" vote is a vote in favor of revising the business license tax on liquid storage facilities in Brisbane as described above with the amount of tax imposed on Kinder Morgan capped at $400,000 annually. If the ballot measure is approved by the voters, the civil lawsuit filed by Kinder Morgan would be resolved.

A "no" vote is a vote against revising the business license tax on liquid storage facilities in Brisbane as described above. If a majority of the voters vote no, the civil lawsuit filed by Kinder Morgan would resume. 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

This ballot measure will solidify the business license tax on liquid storage facilities in Brisbane. The revenue generated will be up to approximately $400,000 per year. The voters of Brisbane first approved a businessl icense tax for liquid storage facilities in 2013. This ballot measure is a result of a lawsuit against the City that was amicably settled by the City and Kinder Morgan. The anticipated revenue to the City is about the same as the previous ballot measure but the method for determining the tax is different. This tax will be on the volume of petroleum product that that the Brisbane facility distributes to its customers. Revenue from this source is being used and will continue to be used for general city services such as Police, Fire, Parks and Recreation.

/s/ Madison Davis, Mayor

/s/ Terry O'Connell, Mayor Pro Tempore

/s/ W. Clarke Conway, Councilmember

/s/ Karen Cunningham, Councilmember

/s/ Cliff Lentz, Councilmember 

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