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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Carpinteria
Measure X2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,016 votes yes (56.31%)

2,340 votes no (43.69%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

To maintain sheriff's deputies; improve disaster preparedness/response and communication during wildfires, floods, and other natural disasters; repair streets, potholes; protect local beaches/creeks from water pollution; prevent cuts to local library, senior, youth programs; address homelessness; and other general services; shall the measure be adopted to establish a 1¼ȼ sales tax providing an estimated $2,300,000 annually until ended by voters; requiring annual audits, all funds for Carpinteria?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Carpinteria

Measure X2018 is a proposed ordinance to amend the Carpinteria Municipal Code by adding Chapter 3.18 pertaining to the City of Carpinteria’s (“City”) transactions and use tax. The amendment would impose a 1.25% transactions and use tax, thus increasing the City’s existing sales tax rate by 1.25% (one and a quarter of a cent for every dollar of taxable sales of goods in the City).

The transactions and use tax applies to the retail sale of goods and the taxable storage, use, or consumption of goods purchased in the City. The total sales tax currently paid in the City of Carpinteria, which also includes the sales tax rate collected for the State of California and other public agencies, is 7.75%. If Measure X2018 is approved by voters, the total sales tax rate in the City will increase to 9%, subject to any changes in state law.

The proposed tax measure is a general tax and was placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Carpinteria. According to the City’s Finance Committee, it is estimated that this proposed tax would generate approximately $2.3 million annually in general fund revenue for the City until ended by voters. The City anticipates that this revenue will be used for unrestricted general revenue purposes as determined by the City Council, which purposes include but are not limited to addressing the general shortfall for deferred street and park maintenance and capital projects and the cost increases associated with law enforcement, library services, homelessness, and other local services necessary to protect public health, safety and general welfare.

The proposed ordinance provides that the tax will be collected by the State under State law in the same manner as the existing sales tax. If Measure X2018 is approved, the City Council would annually appropriate the revenue through its regular budget process and the spending would be subject to regular annual independent audits.

A “yes” vote on this Measure is a vote in favor of imposing a 1.25% transactions and use tax, resulting in an increase in the total current sales tax from 7.75% to 9%. A “no” vote on this Measure is a vote to maintain the current sales tax rate of 7.75%. This Measure will be adopted if it is approved by a majority of voters voting on the ballot measure.

A copy of this Measure and related materials are available on the City’s website at www.carpinteria.ca.us.

/s/ Peter N. Brown, on behalf of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP acting as City Attorney of the City of Carpinteria Dated: July 18, 2018

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure X2018. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the city elections official’s office at 1-805-658-5405, extension 403 or the county elections official’s office at 1-800-722-8683 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at http://www.sbcvote.com.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Yes on Measure X is a vote for maintaining Carpinteria’s high quality of life and critical services.

Carpinteria is a great place to live; however, despite good fiscal management and making prudent decisions, our City faces challenges. Expenses for police, library and other important services are rising significantly. Our community is particularly vulnerable to floods, wildfires and other natural disasters. Most street pavement is rated poor. A recent five-year financial plan prepared by the City identified a shortfall of more than $2 million a year.

Measure X is needed to maintain essential City services. Revenue from Measure X will be available for disaster response and community preparedness, maintaining police, conducting more frequent street pavement, sidewalk and parks maintenance and repairs. It will support our library, youth and senior programs, finance projects to keep creek and ocean water clean, and enable compliance with the Americans with Disability Act and other important public health and safety work. Without new revenue from Measure X, critical programs and services such as these will face cuts or elimination.

Additionally, at least half of the funding from Measure X will be paid by visitors to our city who use our public facilities and services. Measure X includes strict accountability requirements including annual independent financial audits, which will be available online.

Carpinteria is a special place that has been maintained due to the willingness of the community to take action over many years. We are at another important juncture where community action is needed to maintain what we all value about Carpinteria.

Vote Yes on Measure X to help maintain the Carpinteria we all enjoy!

100% of Measure X revenue is reserved exclusively for use in Carpinteria!

The undersigned authors of the primary argument in favor of Measure X2018 at the General Municipal Election for the City of Carpinteria to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Mayor Fred Shaw  7/20/18
Submitted on behalf of the Carpinteria City Council  

/s/ David Powdrell         7/20/18
CPA  

/s/ Roxanne Barbieri 7/23/18
Roxanne’s A Wish & A Dream  

/s/ Paul D. Wright         7/23/18
Island Brewing Co.

/s/ Jean Bailard         7/25/18
On behalf of the Friends of the Carpinteria Library Board  

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

The proposed increase in Carpinteria’s sales tax rate to 9% will make Carpinteria the HIGHEST TAX CITY in the entire county.

This SIXTEEN PERCENT INCREASE in the existing rate will punish our local businesses and drive customers away to nearby communities where the rate is only 7.25%. We already have one of the highest bed tax rates in the county. Higher-than-normal tax rates make it hard for our local businesses to compete and that results in lower-paying jobs and less opportunity for all.

The City of Carpinteria had over $13,000,000.00 on hand  as of the end of last month so we are hardly desperate for money.

Because this proposed SIXTEEN PERCENT TAX INCREASE is a general tax increase, there is no legal requirement that even a penny of the extra money be used for any of the projects listed by the proponents. Most likely, the availability of lots more government revenue will set off yet another round of increases in wages, benefits, and unsustainable pensions for public employees plus additional growth in government programs. The proposed tax increase has no sunset date (meaning it will probably never end if passed).

There is no free lunch. Repairs to streets and sidewalks for certain older neighborhoods in need can be paid for by special assessments in those neighborhoods that will benefit directly from those projects without increasing the size and scope of government and hurting our local economy. Better long-range financial planning would benefit Carpinteria.

Sales taxes are regressive, meaning that they have a disproportionate impact on lower-income households.

This HUGE new 9% tax is expected to raise an extra $2,300,000.00 per year for government. With fewer than 14,000 people living in our city, that’s well OVER $500 PER YEAR PER FAMILY IN NEW TAXES FOREVER AND EVER!!!

VOTE NO!!!

The undersigned authors of the primary argument against Ballot Measure X2018 at the General Municipal Election for the City of Carpinteria to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Gregory Gandrud                     7/24/18 
/s/ Janice Sugiyama                      7/24/18
/s/ Dar Ringling                            7/24/18 
/s/ Suzan Labadie                         7/25/18

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

The City of Carpinteria needs to set priorities. The City already has all the money needed for essential city services without raising our taxes by sixteen percent!

Out of the almost $18,000,000.00 budgeted to be spent this year, only $500,000.00 is budgeted for actual road pavement rehabilitation. But $3,860,853.00 is budgeted for wages, unsustainable pensions, and other benefits for overpaid city staff!!! And none of that staff money is for law enforcement, libraries, clean water, fires, or flooding. Law enforcement is paid for by a separate contract. The library is run by the county. Special districts provide clean water and fire services. Don't be fooled by the tax proponents' misleading arguments!

Tourism is a luxury. Students of economics know that luxuries are price elastic which means that a small price increase results in a large reduction in the amount of luxury goods demanded. This new 9% sales tax will put many "mom & pop" businesses out of business.

Local residents will be left to pick up the tab on this huge tax! An increase in the size and scope of government amounting to over $500 per family per year forever is unfair to local families.

Measure X equals X-tra waste in city government. Measure X equals X-tra burdens on local businesses. Measure X equals X-tra unfairness to local families.

Make city government live within its means. Save our jobs and locally-owned businesses. Protect your wallet.

Vote NO on the wasteful and unfair Measure X !!!

The undersigned authors of the rebuttal to the primary argument in favor of Ballot Measure X2018 at the General Municipal Election for the City of Carpinteria to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Suzan Labadie                      7/29/18
/s/ Dar Ringling                         8/1/18
/s/ Janice Sugiyama                   8/1/18
/s/ Gregory Gandrud                  8/1/18

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Don’t be fooled by false claims that Measure X revenue is unneeded, that sales tax only comes from Carpinterians, or that a 1 1/4 cent increase is huge.

FACT: An independent audit identifies only a small undesignated fund balance with all other revenues committed to current programs.

FACT: Half of Measure X revenue will come from visitors to our City.

FACT: Carpinteria sales and bed tax will remain compatible with other cities. A 1 1/4 cent increase will not drive away business.

Prominent business owners have signed the Argument in Favor of Measure X because it benefits local businesses by allowing for improved maintenance of streets and sidewalks, public parking lots, sports fields, hiking/biking trails, beaches and open space, all of which draw visitors to Carpinteria and help to maintain local jobs.

Opponents of Measure X want only property owners to fund “repairs to streets and sidewalks" in their neighborhoods. How would you react if you received a bill for thousands of dollars for repairing A PUBLIC street in front of your house? This makes no sense!

Our City has kept its promises and been responsible with taxpayer dollars. Good financial management and sound decisions by our City mean NO Measure X revenue is needed for public pensions!  Measure X provides for maintaining essential programs and services, including those that benefit lower income families. Measure X is the fair and effective way to keep our Carpinteria quality of life.

YES ON CARPINTERIA! YES ON X!

The undersigned authors of the rebuttal to the argument against Measure X2018 at the General Municipal Election for the City of Carpinteria to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Donna Jordan                                     8/3/18 
Former Mayor & Councilmember
/s/ Tara O’Reilly                                       8/4/18
Retired – Carpinteria Library
/s/ Marybeth Carty                                   8/6/18
/s/ Donnelle Nair                                      8/6/18

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

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