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Paramedic Services Special Tax
Marinwood Community Services District
2/3 Approval Required
Fail: 1054 / 47.07% Yes votes ...... 1185 / 52.93% No votes
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|Results as of Jan 6 2:58pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (4/4)|
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To maintain paramedic services in Marinwood and keep trained paramedics, shall Ordinance No. 20 be adopted 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 Marinwood Community Services District's appropriation limit be correspondingly increased?
s/PATRICK K. FAULKNER
|Arguments For Measure Q||Arguments Against Measure Q|
|For thirty years, Marinwood Community Services District,
along with other unincorporated County areas, has participated
in paramedic services provided by San Rafael. In
1979, Marinwood residents voted to tax themselves to
fully fund participation in the paramedic program, and
every four years since, the tax has been re-authorized and
increased to keep pace with costs and increases in the level
of service. The current tax will expire in July of 2011.
Since the paramedic service was initiated in 1980, there has been significant increase in emergency calls for paramedic service. In 2009 alone, paramedics responded to over 5,000 calls, over 300 in Marinwood. Your approval of Measure Q is needed to keep the paramedic program in place and to meet the costs associated with increased service and increased costs for fuel, supplies, equipment and wages.
Measure Q will increase the annual maximum tax rate to $108.00 for residential units and to 14 cents per square foot for non-residential structures. The actual annual tax amount will be based on actual costs, not the maximum tax, but in any case cannot exceed the $108.00 maximum and cannot exceed the cost of providing the service.
The proceeds from this tax can only be spent on the paramedic program, and they are audited annually.
A YES vote on Measure Q will ensure that all households continue to receive the protections and benefits of this vital life-saving service. The Approval of two-thirds of those voting is required to pass this measure.
s/BRUCE A. ANDERSON
This is not a vote against firemen or paramedics who continue to provide invaluable service to all of us It is a vote against greedy politicians who are grasping at every opportunity to tax a small district like Marinwood to balance their budget.
San Rafael currently contracts with Marinwood Fire Department to provide service to Mont Marin, San Rafael Park, Smith Ranch Retirement Community, Northgate Industrial Park and other north San Rafael locations. San Rafael refuses to reimburse Marinwood fairly for these services.
They refuse to use the same economic formula to calculate their reimbursement to Marinwood as they use to calculate Marinwood's reimbursement to them for paramedic services. This underpayment for services they receive results in each Marinwood residence subsidizing San Rafael to the tune of roughly $275 every year.
And they don't care what we think because we can't vote in San Rafael elections!
This tax increase is unjustified and unfair.
|Once again, the City of San Rafael wants to alleviate their
self-induced fire department budget problems by digging
even deeper into the pockets of Marinwood residents. Each
Marinwood residence currently subsidizes San Rafael to
the tune of roughly $275 every year because of the refusal
of San Rafael to fairly compensate the Marinwood Fire
Department for services to North San Rafael.
This new tax increase is neither needed nor justified. Do not be misled by San Rafael's emotional arguments. Defeat of this measure will have absolutely no effect on the quality or level of paramedic service. More importantly, neither will passage! If passed our tax rate will increase almost 25% to the highest in the County and the entire Bay Area. T here has been no real opportunity for Marinwood to participate in developing the "budget" that magically attempts to justify the increase. San Rafael simply tells our District Board of Directors what the increase is going to be and then says "take it or leave it".
San Rafael can do this because they have an exclusive state franchise to provide paramedic services and thus there is no competition.
It appears that our own Community Services District Board does not support this measure, given that they had the opportunity to support it at a noticed public meeting but failed to do so and individual members have expressed personal opposition.
As former long time directors of our District Board, involved community members and long time residents, we urge everyone to ask questions, analyze the budget, not be swayed by false emotional arguments and to vote "NO" on Measure Q. This is not a vote against paramedic service or firefighters but against another unwarranted tax increase by an agency (San Rafael) who is using their position to take further advantage of Marinwood.
|Full Text of Measure Q|
|ORDINANCE NO. 20|
AN ORDINANCE OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF MARINWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT INCREASING THE AMOUNT OF THE SPECIAL TAX FOR PARAMEDIC SERVICES
WHEREAS for more than twenty five years, Marinwood Community Services District has imposed a special tax to fund participation in regional Paramedic Services provided by the City of San Rafael; and
WHEREAS, in 2006 the voters of Marinwood Community Services District approved an increase of the maximum Paramedic Tax rate to $85.00 for residential units and $.11 per square foot for non-residential structures; and
WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of San Rafael finds that the current Paramedic Tax rate needs to be increased so as to fully fund the Paramedic Services program; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Marinwood Community Services District desires to submit to the District's voters on November 2, 2010 an amendment to the Paramedic Tax ordinance which would authorize an increase of the maximum Paramedic Special Tax rate; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of Marinwood Community Services District desires to increase the District's appropriations limit by the amount of revenue generated by the Paramedic Special Tax in accordance with California Constitution Article XIIIB for the next four (4) years;
NOW THEREFORE, the Board of Directors of
Marinwood Community Services District does ordain as
SECTION I. Authority, Purpose and Intent. This
ordinance is adopted pursuant to Article 3.5 of Chapter 1,
Part 1, Division 1, Title V of the California Government
Code (Sections 50075, et seq.), Government Code Section
SECTION II. Maximum Tax. Upon enactment of this ordinance as hereinafter provided, a special tax shall be imposed commencing with fiscal year 2011-2012 for the purposes outlined in Section I hereof in an amount not to exceed one-hundred eight dollars ($108.00) per year for each living unit and fourteen cents ($0.14) per square foot for each non-residential structure.
SECTION III. Tax Rate. The Board shall determine annually, based upon a budget recommended to it, whether the basic rate shall be revised to reflect changes in charges and costs.
SECTION IV. Appropriations Limit. As required by Article XIIIB of the California Constitution, the appropriations limit of the Marinwood Community Services District shall be increased each year, for a period of four (4) years, by the total amount collected each year for the Paramedic Service Special Tax.
SECTION V. Method of Collection. The special tax imposed by this ordinance for the purposes outlined in Section I is due from every person who owns a living unit, new residential structure, commercial unit or new commercial structure within the Marinwood Community Services District, as reflected upon the rolls of the County Assessor at the same time ad valorem tax is due and is to be collected in the same manner. The Marin County Tax Collector shall collect the tax and any penalty or interest due hereunder. The full amount due under this ordinance shall constitute a debt to the District. An action for the collection of any tax due hereunder may be commenced in the name of the District in any court having jurisdiction of the cause.
SECTION VI. Delinquencies. To any amount of the tax created by this ordinance which becomes delinquent, the Marin County Tax Collector shall add a penalty in an amount equal to any penalties owing for delinquencies in the ad valorem property tax. The tax and penalty shall bear interest at the same rate as the rate for unpaid ad valorem property tax, until paid.
SECTION VII. Severance Clause. If any section of this ordinance is held invalid or unenforceable by any court and that judgment of unenforceability becomes a final judgment, then that section may be amended by a majority vote of this Board to conform with the judgment of such court, provided such amendment is consistent with the purpose and intent of this ordinance. If any section, subsection, sentence, phrase, or clause of this ordinance is for any reason held to be invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this ordinance. The people of the Marinwood Community Services District hereby declare that they would have adopted this ordinance, and each section, subsection, sentence, phrase, or clause thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, phrases or clauses may be declared invalid.
SECTION VIII. Effective Date. This ordinance shall become effective not later than thirty (30) days after its adoption by the Board of Directors of Marinwood Community Services District, but shall not take effect unless and until it is approved by two-thirds of the voters voting upon this ordinance at an election to be held on November 2, 2010.
SECTION IX. Repeal Prior Ordinance. Marin wood Community Services District Ordinance No. 19 is hereby repealed.
PASSED AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of Marinwood Community Services District held this day of , 2010 by the following vote: