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Paramedic Services Special Tax
City of San Rafael
2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 13588 / 68.44% Yes votes ...... 6265 / 31.56% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 6 2:58pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (32/32)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To protect lifesaving paramedic services by maintaining rapid response times, providing advanced heart attack treatment, and keeping trained paramedics on fire engine companies, shall San Rafael Municipal Code Chapter 3.28 be amended to permit phased increases, up to $23.00 annually above the current rate, on residential units, and up to $.03 per square foot annually above the current rate on non-residential structures; and, shall San Rafael's appropriations limit be correspondingly increased?
Currently, the maximum Paramedic Tax rate is $85.00 per unit for residential structures and eleven cents ($.11) per square-foot for non-residential structures; under existing law, each year the City Council determines the amount of the tax to be imposed based upon the costs of the Para - medic Service for that year, but the tax can in no event exceed this maximum rate. The paramedic tax will remain at the current levels should this measure not be approved by the voters.
This measure, if adopted, would authorize phased increases of the Paramedic Service Special Tax rate from $85.00 up to a maximum of $108.00 per unit for residential units, and from eleven cents ($.11) per square-foot up to a maximum of fourteen cents ($.14) per square-foot for non-residential structures. This measure would also in - crease the appropriations limit for the City of San Rafael for four (4) years (2011/2012 through 2014/2015) by the total amount collected under this tax so as to enable the City to expend the money collected, as authorized by Ar - ticle XIII B of the California Constitution.
If the measure is approved, existing law will continue to prohibit the City Council from imposing a tax rate in excess of the approved maximum rates without further voter approval.
The ordinance amendments proposed by this measure will be adopted if approved by a two-thirds majority of those electors voting on the measure.
A YES vote approves the measure.
A NO vote rejects the measure.
s/ROBERT F. EPSTEIN
|Arguments For Measure I|
San Rafael's paramedic tax is a dedicated local funding
source for paramedic services. Created in 1979, it has been
reauthorized by voters three times in the last 12 years.
Measure I is needed to maintain rapid emergency response
times and to make our paramedics have the best equipment
and best training to save lives in case of an accident
like a car crash, or a medical emergency like heart attack
Funds from Measure I are kept in a separate fund and audited annually to ensure they are only used for local emergency medical services and equipment. These funds benefit local residents and cannot be taken away by the State.
This measure will only cost households a maximum of an additional two dollars a month, 7 cents a day. Businesses will also pay their fair share. All the money paid for Mea - sure I is tax deductible. Because of this assessment no resident served by a San Rafael Fire Paramedic will ever receive a bill for the emergency medical service provided.
The San Rafael Fire Department is regarded as one of the best in the state. Our local paramedics respond to 97% of calls in less than 10 minutes. In an emergency every minute can be the difference between life and death. Every day our paramedics save lives that would be lost without the resources of Measure I. Measure I will provide paramedics access to the most advanced lifesaving training and equipment, such as the mobile 12-lead heart monitor which aids in the treatment of heart attack patients while they are being transported to the emergency room. Please join local police officers, firefighters, paramedics, healthcare workers and community and civic leaders in support of Measure I.
(No arguments against Measure I were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure I|
|AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SAN
RAFAEL AMENDING SECTIONS 3.28.040 AND|
3.28.050 OF CHAPTER 3.28 OF THE SAN RAFAEL MUNICIPAL CODE, TO INCREASE THE MAXIMUM SPECIAL PARAMEDIC TAX RATE ON RESIDENTIAL UNITS AND ON NON-RESIDENTIAL STRUCTURES AND TO INCREASE THE CITY'S APPROPRIATIONS LIMIT IN CONNECTION THEREWITH
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of San Rafael in 1979 adopted an ordinance imposing a special tax to "fully fund" a city-wide Paramedic Service Program (Chapter 3.28 of the San Rafael Municipal Code); and
WHEREAS, for more than thirty (30) years, the City Council has imposed this tax annually upon all residential units and upon all non-residential structures within the City of San Rafael for the intended purpose of funding complete and total costs associated with the provision of a citywide Paramedic Service Program; and
WHEREAS, prior to the passage of Proposition 218 in 1996, the City Council each year adjusted the Paramedic Special Tax rate to fund total costs of the City's Paramedic Service Program; and,
WHEREAS, the passage of Proposition 218, eliminated the authority of the City Council to adjust the maximum rate of the Paramedic Special Tax without first obtaining the approval of two-thirds (2/3rds) of the voters at a municipal election; and
WHEREAS, in 2006 the voters of San Rafael approved an increase of the maximum Paramedic Tax rate to $85.00 annually for residential units and $.11 per square foot annually for non-residential structures; and
WHEREAS, the City Council, after reviewing the total current and projected costs of the Paramedic Service Program, revenues provided by Ambulance Transporting, and the total revenue generated by the current Paramedic Tax maximum rate, has found that the current Paramedic Tax rate fails to fully fund the Paramedic Service Pro gram, thus requiring the diversion of a portion of the City's General Fund to subsidize the Program, which diversion of General Fund monies threatens the provision of other City services including park maintenance, road repair, and police services and fire services; and
WHEREAS, the maximum Paramedic Special Tax rate needs to be increased so as to fully fund the City's Paramedic Service Program as was originally intended under the ordinance enacted by the voters of the City of San Rafael; and
WHEREAS, it is crucial to ensure that the Paramedic Service Program remains completely and adequately funded by a combination of Ambulance Transportation billing and the paramedic tax revenues, so as to maintain rapid response times to medical emergencies, provide advanced treatment to heart attack patients and keep trained paramedics on fire engine companies; and,
WHEREAS, the City Council has submitted to the City's voters on November 2, 2010 this measure to amend the Paramedic Tax ordinance to authorize an increase of the maximum Paramedic Special Tax rate so as to fully fund the Paramedic Service Program; and
WHEREAS, this measure would also increase the City's appropriations limit for the next four (4) years in connection with revenue generated by the Paramedic Special Tax in accord with California Constitution Article XIIIB;
NOW THEREFORE, the People of the City of San Rafael do ordain as follows:
Section 3.28.040 + Special Tax Imposed -
Section 3.28.050 + Special Tax Imposed -
s/ALBERT J. BORO