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Special District

Oceano Community Services District
Measure A-20 Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


1,294 votes yes (66.12%)

663 votes no (33.88%)

100% of precincts reporting (3/3).

2,001 ballots counted.

To maintain rapid response times for 911 medical emergency/fire protection services, provide 24-hours a day, 7-days a week staffed medical emergency/fire vehicles, shall Oceano Community Services District Ordinance No. 2020-1 levying an annual special tax of $180.00 per parcel, providing $422,000 a year, subject to annual maximum increases capped at 2%, until repealed by voters, and requiring independent citizen oversight and annual reports, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of imposing a special tax to provide increased funding for emergency medical and fire protection services within the District.

NO vote means

A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against imposing a special tax to provide increased funding for emergency medical and fire protection services within the District.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

RITA L. NEAL County Counsel

This measure has been placed on the ballot by the Board of Directors (“the Board”) of the Oceano Community Services District (“the District”) and will determine whether an ordinance imposing a special tax on all real property within the District will be approved for the purpose of providing necessary funding for the provision of emergency medical and fire protection services through the Five Cities Fire Authority (“FCFA”).

Pursuant to a joint powers agreement, the District and the cities of Grover Beach and Arroyo Grande are members of the FCFA, which provides emergency medical and fire protection services to the cities and the District. Due in part to a decline in the existing reserve program and increasing costs, the FCFA has identified a need for additional emergency responders to ensure adequate emergency medical and fire protection services. In order to provide its share of the necessary funding contributions allocated to FCFA members for the provision of services, the Board has proposed this special tax measure.

The District is authorized by Government Code section 50075 et seq. and section 61121, subdivision (a), to impose special taxes pursuant to the provisions of Article XIIIA of the California Constitution. Additionally, Government Code section 53978 specifically authorizes the District to propose by ordinance the adoption of a special tax to provide for fire protection and prevention services. Consistent with California Constitution, Article XIIIC, section 2(d), and Government Code section 53722, the tax will become effective only if the ordinance is approved by a 2/3rds vote of qualified voters.

                If the measure is approved, commencing with fiscal year 2020-21, a special tax in the amount of $180 per parcel shall be imposed on each parcel of real property in the District having a separate assessor’s parcel number, as shown on the last equalized assessment roll of San Luis Obispo County.  This amount will increase each fiscal year thereafter by no more than 2% per year. The special tax will be levied annually by the Board and collected by the San Luis Obispo County Tax Collector in the same manner, at the same time, and will be subject to the same penalties, as other property taxes collected.

                The measure includes certain accountability requirements, including: (1) a statement indicating the specific purposes of the tax; (2) that the proceeds shall be applied only to the specific purposes identified in the measure; (3) the creation of an account into which the proceeds shall be deposited; (4) the preparation and filing of an annual report disclosing the amount of funds collected and expended for the stated purposes of the tax; and (5) the creation of a citizens’ oversight committee to review and evaluate annual expenditures made from the proceeds of the tax.

                A “yes” vote on this measure is a vote in favor of imposing a special tax to provide increased funding for emergency medical and fire protection services within the District.

                A “no” vote on this measure is a vote against imposing a special tax to provide increased funding for emergency medical and fire protection services within the District.




Financial effect

Oceano Community Services District Board of Directors

Rate of tax to be levied: $180.00 per parcel located in the Oceano Community Services District. The special tax is subject to annual maximum increases in an amount not to exceed two percent (2%) per year.

Amount of money to be raised annually: $422,000.00 (estimated).

Duration of the tax: The authorization to levy the tax pursuant to this Ordinance shall continue until repealed by the voters.

The tax information estimates in this statement reflect the District's current determination of the number of taxable parcels, which is based on certain assumptions.  The actual amount of money raised in each year the tax is levied may vary due to factors including, but not limited to, variations in the number of taxable parcels within the District and inflation.


Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

VOTE YES on A-20 to ensure the future of 911 rapid response for emergency medical and fire services and 24 hours a day 7 days a week staffing. The devastating fires throughout California should remind us all how important it is to ensure that emergency services in our community - Oceano - will provide 911 rapid response when we need them for medical emergencies and fires.  Consider these facts:

Fact:  Oceano is a member of the Five Cities Fire Authority with three fire stations available to directly respond to 911 emergencies.


  •     A YES VOTE on A-20 is needed for Oceano to stay as a member of Five Cities Fire Authority.


·         A NO VOTE on A-20 means that Oceano’s membership in Five Cities Fire Authority will terminate on July 1, 2021.

  Fact: Five Cities Fire Authority is improving staffing to pursue minimum national standards. There are no better options for Oceano than continuing to receive 911 rapid response emergency services from Five Cities Fire Authority.

Fact: The closest County/Cal Fire stations to Oceano are in Pismo and Nipomo. Even if County/Cal Fire operated out of the Oceano fire station, the nearest back-up stations would still be in Pismo and Nipomo which will delay emergency responses.

Fact: The Five Cities Fire Authority is trained to respond to Oceano, and all money raised by A-20 will be controlled locally and only spent for Oceano’s emergency medical and fire response. Taxpayer protections and an Independent Citizens Oversight Committee is required by A-20.

Do not let others mislead you.  Every minute matters on 911 calls and the three stations of Five Cities Fire Authority are the proven best option for Oceano.

A YES vote on A-20 is a YES vote for the health and well-being of Oceano.

s/ Linda Austin

President, Oceano Community Services District

s/ Adam Verdin

Owner, Old Juan’s Cantina

s/ Lynne Schlenker

Owner, Great American Melodrama

s/ Fabian Lopez

Owner, La Tapatia Market

s/ Brenda Lowe

Resident, Cienaga Seabreeze Park

Arguments AGAINST


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