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El Dorado County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure H
Parcel tax to maintain, upgrade and improve roads
Cameron Estates Community Services District

Special Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

Fail: 239 / 57.31% Yes votes ...... 178 / 42.69% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Nov 5 12:56am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (1/1)
71.3% Voter Turnout (417/585)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall a special tax be levied within the Cameron Estates Community Services District pursuant to Board Resolution No. 2007-04 for road improvements, upgrades, and maintenance according to the following schedule:

A. Residential property: a maximum increase of $250.00 over the current assessment of $250.00 for a total amount of $500.00 per year per residential parcel?

B. Commercial property, described as parcels 109-111-14-100, 109-111-15-100, 109-111-16-100, 109-111-17-100 and 109-111-18-100: a maximum of $1,000.00 per year?

Impartial Analysis from the County Counsel
This measure, if approved by 2/3 of the voters voting on the measure, would authorize a special tax on parcels of real property within the boundaries of the Cameron Estates Community Services District ("District"), to be used to cover the costs of maintaining, upgrading and improving roads within the District.

This special tax would be in the following amounts:

(a) for all residential parcels: $250 per year per parcel of land, (b) for all commercial parcels: $1,000 per year per parcel of land.

The special tax authorized by this measure would be in addition to any existing taxes or benefit assessments.

The special tax will be listed as a separate item on the county property tax bill for each parcel of land, and will be collected in the same way as the general property tax. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes, including provisions for penalties and procedure for sale of the property in case of delinquency, shall also apply to the special tax. State law requires the District to prepare an annual report to determine the amount of special tax funds collected and expended, and to describe the status of any project required or authorized to be funded by the special tax.

This measure requires an affirmative vote of 2/3 or more of all voters voting on the measure in order to pass.

A "YES" vote is a vote to authorize the special tax provided in the measure.

A "NO" vote is a vote against the special tax provided in the measure.

Louis B. Green - El Dorado County Counsel

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Arguments For Measure H Arguments Against Measure H
On May 9 1989, the Cameron Estates Community Service District (CECSD) agreed to collect a special assessment for the benefit of the District. These funds are primarily used to maintain the roads of the District. The amount of the assessment is $250.00 per residential parcel per year. This assessment amount has remained unchanged since the original authorization.

Since 1989, the cost of road repairs has increased 235% according to the California Highway Construction Cost Index. Given the increase in costs, the District can no longer maintain the roads adequately with the present funding. The CECSD Board and many residents are requesting the special assessment be increased $250 to a total of $500 per year.

The CECSD's road maintenance program is an annual process that includes a complete survey of the roads. Road repairs are performed as available funds allow. In recent years, necessary road repairs have not been done due to the lack of available funds.

In 2008, the road survey shows there are approximately 31,000 sq. ft. of repairs, which can only partially be funded. Given the expected funding, it is clear that not all necessary repairs can be performed this year. This has been the case for the last 5 years or more.

Maintaining the District's 16 miles of roads adequately is essential. First, roads must be safe for residents and others. Roads cannot be allowed to fall into disrepair where it endangers travelers. Second, reasonable roads are an important part of maintaining property values. Cameron Estates is a beautiful and desirable place to live and maintaining an adequate road infrastructure is a critical part of it.

Vote YES on Measure H to maintain safe roads and preserve property values.

Mark Steven Lewis, CECSD Vice President James Sholl, CECSD President Doris Miller, CECSD Board Member Angela Johnson, CECSD Board Member Mark P. Leja, P.E.

No Argument Against the Measure Was Submitted

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