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Fresno County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure S
Police and Fire Tax
City of Parlier

Needs 2/3 to pass

Fail: 1034 / 59.15% Yes votes ...... 714 / 40.85% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Information shown below: Impartial Analysis |

To hire additional sworn officers including related training, equipment, vehicles, and for facilities expansion for the Parlier Police Department, and to raise additional funds to place paid Firefighters, and to expand the Parlier Fire Station, shall the City of Parlier be authorized to levy a parcel tax set forth in Council Resolution 2008-57 only for this purpose; subject to an annual audit.

Impartial Analysis from the City Attorney
On July 30, 2008, the Parlier City Council adopted Resolution No. 2008-57, which proposes a new Police and Fire parcel tax on all parcels within the City of Parlier. Measure "S" seeks voter approval of the new Police and Fire parcel tax described in Resolution No. 2008-57 because state law does not allow the imposition of a new parcel tax by City Council action alone; voter approval is also required. The amount of the proposed parcel tax is $300 per year for residential parcels, $480 per year for commercial parcels, $1,200 per year for industrial parcels and other amounts for government-owned and other parcels as set forth in the Resolution, and collected in the same way in which traditional property taxes are charged and collected on the secured property tax bill. The proposed parcel tax revenues can only be used for expenditures that are consistent with a detailed "Expenditure Plan" which is a part of Resolution No. 2008-57. The Expenditure Plan describes, in detail, that the allowable expenditures are only for Police and Fire purposes, programs and other law enforcement activities. The Resolution also establishes a five member Citizen Audit Committee to make annual reviews of the expenditures of the parcel tax revenues to ensure that they are spent in a manner consistent with the Expenditure Plan. The Citizens Audit Committee is also required to make an annual public report regarding the expenditures of the proceeds of the tax by the City. Passage of Ballot Measure "S" requires two-thirds voter approval. If approved by the voters, the special Police and Fire parcel tax would become effective for the 2009-2010 tax year, and continue until repealed by the voters of the City of Parlier.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Resolution No. 2008-57. If you desire a copy of the Ordinance, please call the elections official's office at (559) 646-3546 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

s/ Dale E. Bacigalupi
Parlier City Attorney


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