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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election
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City of Clayton
Measure H Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

3,902 votes yes (54.71%)

3,230 votes no (45.29%)

100% of precincts reporting (18/18).

278,127 ballots counted.

Shall the existing Community Facility District 2007-1 (Trails and Landscape Maintenance District) be continued, with a Citizens Oversight Committee, for ten years to fund on-going operations and maintenance of the trails system, roadway landscape, open space weed abatement, and related expenses at the current annual special tax's rate and methodology (presently $234.84/year per residential and non-residential parcel or fraction thereof), for FYs 2017-2027? 

 

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

http://www.cocovote.us/wp-content/uploads/MeasureH_CityOfClayton.pdf

 

CITY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE H

Measure H would extend the special tax levied for the maintenance and operation of the City of Clayton’s Citywide Trails and Landscape Maintenance District, known officially as Community Facilities District 2007-1 (“CFD”) through Fiscal Year 2026/2027. This measure would not change the services provided by the CFD, the rate of adjustment or the method of apportioning the special parcel tax and requires the continuation of the Citizens Oversight Committee. The CFD’s boundaries encompass the entire City of Clayton.

The tax revenue pays for costs related to the on-going operations and maintenance of the CFD’s trails system, roadway landscape, open space weed abatement and fire breaks, including landscaping, irrigation, hardscape, lights, and electricity. The tax revenues are placed into a restricted fund through which all eligible expenses are tracked, paid and audited. The funds cannot be spent for any other purpose by the City or other agencies.

Following the advertised public hearing on March 1, 2016, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 12-2016 proposing to continue the special parcel tax in the CFD for ten years and placing Measure H on the ballot. In 2007, voters approved a special tax to fund the CFD through Fiscal Year 2016/2017. The current annual special tax amounts are:

Residential Parcels: $ 234.84 per parcel per year.

Non-Residential Parcels: $234.84 per parcel or fraction thereof per year.

The ballot measure continues the same tax rate methodology and same annual adjustment, including limiting any increases to the annual CPI, with no annual rate increase higher than 3% over the previous year. The proposed ballot measure would continue this same formula for an additional 10 years, until June 30, 2027.

Measure H requires approval from two-thirds of voters. If Measure H is not approved, the special tax will sunset and expire in June 2017. If Measure H is approved, the special tax will sunset and expire June 30, 2027.

Copies of all relevant reports, a boundary map of the CFD, and Council resolutions concerning the formation of the CFD are available for review in the office of the City Clerk (925-673-7300).

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure H. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the City Clerk's office at (925-673-7300) and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

This analysis is prepared as an impartial analysis of the measure as required by California Government Code Section 53327 and Elections Code Section 9280.

Dated: March 18, 2016
Malathy Subramanian, Clayton City Attorney 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE H

In 1997, Clayton, recognizing the importance of public landscaping and how it defines our community, established a Community Facility District, known as the Trails and Landscape Maintenance District (District) to provide for maintenance costs for trails, open space, weed abatement, fire breaks and roadside landscaping. A 10- year parcel tax was adopted insuring funding for Clayton’s landscaping.

In 2007, as the parcel tax neared its end, Clayton residents, led by a citizen Blue Ribbon Committee, reviewed the District’s successes and challenges during the initial 10- year period. The importance of Clayton’s “Front Yard” was reaffirmed, and a new plan built upon lessons learned was recommended. It included establishing a Trails and Landscape Committee (TLC), comprised of Clayton volunteers appointed by the City Council to insure continued community input. The 10-year parcel tax was overwhelming extended. Today, though we have experienced significant economic uncertainty these past 10 years, Clayton continues to enjoy safe, efficient and tasteful public landscaping that enhances our community, thanks to the efforts of its citizens and the dedicated resources provided through the District.

Now, the time has come again to continue the District. Measure H extends the current tax’s rate and methodology (presently $234.84/year per parcel) for an additional 10 years, through 2027, and provides the necessary funding for the District, with the TLC continuing to provide District oversight and management.

Currently, this tax generates approximately $1M/yr and is used exclusively for the District. As it was in 1997, and again in 2007, the Clayton’s modest General Fund budget is unable to adequately provide for our public landscaping. Without this funding, Clayton’s landscaping would rapidly decline and the beauty and character of Clayton would be forever changed. Please join us in supporting Measure H for the continued beautification of Clayton.

Keith Haydon, Clayton City Councilmember
David Shuey, Clayton City Councilmember
Dan Richardson, Chair of Yes on Measure H Committee Bob Hoyer, Clayton’s First Mayor
JoAnn Caspar, President, Clayton Historical Society 

Arguments AGAINST

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