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City of Belvedere
Measure E - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

810 votes yes (79.02%)

215 votes no (20.98%)

100% of precincts reporting (1/1).

1,072 ballots counted.

Shall the City of Belvedere be authorized to continue adjusting its appropriation limit for the annual fire protection and emergency medical services levy, pursuant to Article XIIIB of the California Constitution, for the period of 7/01/2020 through 6/30/2024? The levy for FY 2020-2021 shall not exceed the rate authorized in Chapter 3.28 of the Belvedere Municipal Code. (The current levy is $832 per residential dwelling unit, $948 per occupancy in commercial structures, and $167 per vacant parcel.)

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

Impartial analysis / Proposal

EMILY LONGFELLOW, City Attorney

This ballot measure authorizes the adjustment of the City of Belvedere’s appropriations limit under Article XIIIB of the California Constitution for the period July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2024 to allow for the continued expenditure of the approved annual fire protection and emergency medical services tax, adopted by the City’s voters in 2000.

The maximum amount that may be derived from this levy cannot exceed the rate authorized by Chapter 3.28 of the Belvedere Municipal Code. The amount of the levy for 2019-2020 fiscal year is $832.00 per residential dwelling unit, $948.00 per occupancy in commercial structures, and $167.00 per vacant parcel.

Adoption of this measure will increase the City’s appropriations limit to the extent of the proceeds derived from the levy for the next four fiscal years, and Article XIIIB of the California Constitution requires this adjustment of the appropriations limit to be approved by a majority of the electors voting on the measure on March 3, 2020.

A “Yes” vote on this measure authorizes the City to adjust its appropriations limit and thus to continue expenditure from its approved levy for fire protection and emergency medical services for four more years commencing July 1, 2020.

A “No” vote on this measure prohibits the City from adjusting its appropriations limit and thus from expending the proceeds derived from its approved levy for fire protection and emergency medical services after June 30, 2020.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

A YES vote on Measure E is essential to continue providing professional paramedic and fire protection services to Belvedere’s residents.

A YES vote continues the existing measure. Measure E is not a new tax.

The citizens of Belvedere receive exemplary fire and emergency medical services through the City’s contract with the Tiburon Fire Protection District. All residents benefit from these essential services provided by a highly qualified agency.

Every four years since 2000, Belvedere voters have overwhelmingly supported continuing measures to fund our fire and emergency medical requirements. 2020 marks the fifth renewal of the measure. As approved by Belvedere’s voters, Measure E will allow for continued funding for another four years, adjusting for changes in local cost of living and population.

A YES vote on Measure E will ensure that the City has the funding to continue these essential services.

JUSTIN FAGGIOLI
Former Mayor and Citizen of the Year

KENNETH JOHNSON
Former Mayor and Citizen of the Year

SALLY WILKINSON
Chair, Yes on E for Belvedere

ADAM GAVZER
Chair, Belvedere Block Captains Committee

WHITNEY LEE
Vice President, Belvedere Community Foundation

Arguments AGAINST

No argument against Measure E was filed.

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