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County Vital Services Transactions and Use Tax
County of Mendocino
County Ordinance - Majority Approval Required
Fail: 8983 / 30.23% Yes votes ...... 20735 / 69.77% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 23 9:55am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (247/247)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
Shall the ordinance titled "County Vital Services Transactions and Use Tax" be approved?
Yes or No
This ballot measure seeks voter approval for the adoption of an ordinance which would impose a general one-half of one percent (0.5%) sales tax that would be applicable in both the unincorporated and incorporated areas in the County of Mendocino. The voters of the Cities of Willits, Fort Bragg, Ukiah and Point Arena previously adopted sales tax increases of onehalf of one percent (0.5%) applicable to the incorporated areas of those cities. State law requires that a county adopted sales tax measure apply countywide. Therefore, if approved by a majority of the voters, this measure would result in the total sales tax in the unincorporated area of the County increasing from
8.25% to 8.75%, and the total sales tax in the Cities of Willits, Fort Bragg, Ukiah and Point Arena increasing from 8.75% to
9.25%. On a purchase of one hundred dollars ($100.00), the increase would be fifty cents ($.50) in the unincorporated areas, and fifty cents ($.50) in the cities.
The County currently receives 1% of the 8.25% sales tax of which 0.25% goes to the County transportation funds and 0.75% goes into the County general fund for County operations. State law allows a County to seek voter approval for this additional half cent (0.5%) general sales tax which must also be treated as general fund revenue which may be spent for any general fund purpose, including, but not limited to, law enforcement services, help for vulnerable seniors, disabled and children, libraries and road maintenance. Under existing State law, these funds may not be diverted by the State for any other use.
The tax will be administered by the California State Board of
Equalization pursuant to a contract with the County. Because of
the time required by the State to begin collecting the tax, the
ordinance does not become operative until 110 days after it is
approved by the voters. If approved at the November 2, 2010
election, the tax would become operative on April 1, 2011. The
tax imposed by the ordinance will automatically sunset and will
no longer be collected ten (10) years after it becomes operative.
This measure requires voter approval by a simple majority vote
of the qualified voters.
A YES vote will be a vote in favor of adoption of the proposed
A NO vote will be a vote against the adoption of the proposed
|Arguments For Measure C||Arguments Against Measure C|
|Vote YES on Measure C to protect and maintain vital
public services in Mendocino County.
A YES vote on Measure C will provide critically needed local funds to pay for vital services, including public safety, libraries, roads, and local programs to help our senior citizens, children, and the disabled.
With the economic recession, local revenues have fallen dramatically. Continuing State budget cuts, State takings of local funds and partisan gridlock in Sacramento threaten our ability to provide essential public services. Vote YES on Measure C to protect local public safety services. When you call 911 you expect a response, but our local first responders are struggling to provide the vital services we all depend on.
Vote YES on Measure C to protect public health services. State cutbacks have targeted services to the most vulnerable members of our society + seniors, children and the disabled + making it harder to provide services at a time when more and more people need a helping hand.
Vote YES on Measure C to protect Mendocino County libraries. Libraries and the bookmobile are local community centers for broadband, culture, literacy and learning. Measure C will help protect our local quality of life and will assure that visitors and residents alike pay for vital county services, including roads and public safety. It is only right that visitors pay their fair share in maintaining services and keeping our county safe and desirable as a destination.
Most importantly, Measure C will provide a source of local revenue that Sacramento politicians can not touch.. By law, every dollar raised from Measure C will be spent locally to provide critically needed local public services
Vote YES on Measure C to fund vital Mendocino County services.
Vote YES on Measure C to protect our children, seniors and the disabled.
Please vote YES on Measure C for a better future for Mendocino County!
s/ Carre Brown
Proponents blame everyone but the County, but ours is the most indebted County per resident in California. Interest expense consumes more of our County's budget than in any other County. Almost all our County's $400 million debt (as of last reports) is caused by gross mismanagement of retirement benefits. It's this entirely avoidable self-created debt that's destroying County services.
Our County should stop going deeper into debt. But instead officials want us to pay more taxes. Measure C Won't Fund Services. Proponents say "by law, every dollar raised by Measure C will be spent (on) services". That's shameful! Proponents know the law says no such thing. County debt payments will increase from $10 million to $20 million in five years + 90% to pay pensions. Measure C will bail out pension debt + not produce services.
This isn't Liberal v. Conservative. We all expect our County to fulfill four financial duties: Tell us the truth, be competent and transparent, protect our County's financial strength, and don't force unfair burdens on the kids. Measure C fails those duties. Tough Love. Measure C does nothing about our real problem.
Most County officials deny reality and are creating massive pension debt. Measure C's main result would be to let this continue.
A NO Vote on Measure C says "County + tell us how you'll stop creating debt + it can be done! Then we'll talk about taxes".
See http://www.YourPublicMoney.Com for more information.
s/ John G. Dickerson
|At a time when working families and seniors on fixed incomes
are struggling to make ends meet the County wants more of your
money! In addition to one fee increase after another, they now
want to increase the sales tax to almost 10%. Mendocino
County's problem is not a shortage of revenue. It is too much
spending, poor decision making, no planning, and a lack of
Where will the money go? Proponents say this tax increase will preserve "vital services". It won't.
There is nothing in this measure that guarantees how the extra money would be spent.
The County owes $200 million because of mismanagement of its Pension Fund. It shouldn't owe a dime. County debt payments will increase $10 million over the next 5 years because of this mismanagement. That's where your increased taxes would go.
It isn't fair to raise taxes paid by private sector workers to pay County salaries and retirements that are much more than their own.
The County refuses to be accountable for this mess and clean it up. Until they do they don't deserve another dime.
s/ Margie Handley President, Employer's Council of Mendocino County
A YES vote on Measure C will provide critically needed local funds to pay for local services. Measure C is a prudent response to protect our rural quality of life in the face of cutbacks to vital services forced by the recession, state budget cuts and state raids on local funds. Without Measure C we will see further reductions in local services and even deeper cuts to the programs we all depend on.
A YES vote on Measure C will provide funding for public safety, libraries, roads and local programs that help our senior citizens, children, and the disabled. Retirement funds nationwide, including Mendocino County, have suffered losses but Mendocino County rates favorably with comparable jurisdictions.
Mendocino County is acting responsibly + with over a 13% reduction in workforce and 10-16% permanent salary cuts for all Department Head and Management positions. Retirement benefits trail most California counties. Retirement funds are cautiously invested and managed.
Measure C will help protect public safety, road funding and public health programs, including vital mental health services that have been cut to dangerous levels. Critics want to punish "the County" + but cuts to vital services hurt everyone.
Vote YES on Measure C to provide local funding for local programs. By law, every dollar raised by Measure C must be spent locally for vital public services. Vote YES on Measure C to protect core services you expect from your local government + public safety + public health + safe roads.
Measure C is necessary to protect our quality of life.
Please support your community + VOTE YES on MEASURE C
s/ Tom Allman
|Full Text of Measure C|
|COUNTY OF MENDOCINO VITAL SERVICES
TRANSACTIONS (SALES) AND USE TAX ORDINANCE
ORDINANCE ADDING CHAPTER 5.160 OF TITLE 5
TO THE MENDOCINO COUNTY CODE IMPOSING A
COUNTY VITAL SERVICES TRANSACTIONS AND
Section 5.160.030. Purpose.
Section 5.160.040. Contract With State.
Section 5.160.050. Transactions Tax Rate.
Section 5.160.060. Place of Sale.
Section 5.160.070. Use Tax Rate.
Section 5.160.080. Adoption of Provisions Of State
Section 5.160.090. Limitations On Adoption Of
State Law And Collection Of Use Taxes.
In adopting the provisions of Part 1 of Division 2 of the Revenue
and Taxation Code:
Section 5.160.110. Exemptions And Exclusions.
Section 5.160.120. Amendments.
Section 5.160.130. Enjoining Collection
Section 5.160.140. Ability to Share Tax Revenue.
Section 5.160.150. Severability.
Section 5.160.160. Sunset.
Section 5.160.170. Effective Date.