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Special District

Mendocino County Unincorporated Areas
Measure E -

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Election Results

Passing

13,688 votes yes (69.15%)

6,108 votes no (30.85%)

Advisory vote only. If Mendocino County amends Chapter 5.20 to extend the transient occupancy tax to private campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks, should the additional funds from the extended tax be used to fund the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino county as follows: 75% distribute evenly to the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino county; and 25% spent based on the recommendation of the fire chiefs of the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino county?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Acting County Counsel

 

An Advisory Measure Seeking Voter Approval for Using Tax Revenue Generated by Measure D to Fund Local Fire Agencies

The Elections Code provides that a County may seek an advisory measure to allow the voters to voice their approval or disapproval of a ballot proposal.  This ballot measure seeks voter approval for spending the general tax dollars that would be generated if the voters approve extension of the transient occupancy tax to visitors to private campgrounds, as proposed by the Board of Supervisors as Measure D.  Measure D is a general tax and would apply only to the unincorporated areas of the County.

If the voters approve Measure E, it would serve to advise the Board of Supervisors that the voters want the additional revenue generated by Measure D to be used to fund local fire agencies pursuant to the following formula:

Seventy-five percent (75%) to be distributed evenly to the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County; and

Twenty-five percent (25%) to be spent based on the recommendation of the fire chiefs of the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County.

This is an advisory vote only.  The results of this advisory vote will not be controlling of the Board of Supervisors.  Any distribution or expenditure of funds will require separate formal Board action in each budgetary year.

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors.

This measure must be adopted by a majority of the voters.

A “YES” vote will be a vote in favor of spending the funds from the new tax to fund the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County as follows: 75% distributed evenly to the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County and 25% spent based on the recommendation of the fire chiefs of the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County.

A “NO” vote will be a vote against spending the funds from the new tax to fund the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County as follows: 75% distributed evenly to the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County and 25% spent based on the recommendation of the fire chiefs of the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of the Ordinance or Measure E. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official’s office at (707) 234-6819 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Financial effect

Auditor-Controller

 

This advisory measure would amend Chapter 5.20 of the Mendocino County Code and provide direction for the use of any and all additional funds raised by the new tax.

If approved, directs the use of the new tax to be spent on the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County as follows:  75%, (or approximately $750,000 annually) be distributed evenly to the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County and 25%, (or approximately $250,000 annually) be spent based on the recommendation of the fire chiefs of the recognized fire agencies in Mendocino County.

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

 

 

It’s time visitors contribute to the emergency services they use.  Our 21 local fire departments stretch dollars to respond to all types of risk, in most cases relying on volunteer firefighters.  Our volunteers respond to traffic collisions, lodging fires, campsite ignited vegetation fires, lost persons, ocean rescues, trees down, cliff rescues, power lines, floods, medical aids and other incidents generated by tourists.  To date, these emergency services have been funded almost entirely by residents.  This Measure effectively apportions the expense of emergency response to the responsible parties.  This Measure will direct 100% of the estimated $1 Million in new revenue to local fire departments.  75% will be an even split with the remaining 25% divided based on an annual recommendation from county Fire Chiefs, the people in the best role to maximize benefit.  In some years, Chiefs might decide to split the 25% evenly and in other years they could fund county-wide training programs or acquire shared resources.  This desperately needed funding will boost base level emergency services throughout the county, creating peace of mind when we travel rural roads.

Measure D will close an unfair tax loophole, thereby creating new revenue.

Measure E will direct the county to allocate 100% of the new revenue to our local fire agencies.

Your yes vote will make a difference in services and fairness.

 

s/Ted Williams

Supervisor, 5th District

s/Chris Wilkes

Chief, Little Lake Fire Department

s/Jon Noyer

Chief, Brooktrails Township Fire Department

s/Sue Carberry

Chief, Laytonville Volunteer Fire Department

s/Don Dale

Chief, Redwood Valley Calpella Fire District

 

Arguments AGAINST

No Argument Against Measure E were received.

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