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Appropriations Limit Increase ExtensionOrdinance

Special District
June 7, 2016California Primary Election

Bodega Bay Fire Protection District
Measure A Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

602 votes yes (86.5%)

94 votes no (13.5%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (2/2).

Shall the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District adopt Ordinance No. 16/17-1 retaining its increased limits on appropriations to assure continued fire, rescue and emergency medical services?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

The Bodega Bay Fire Protection District (“District”) has called a special election to

ask voters to increase the District’s appropriations (spending) limit for four years,

the maximum period allowed by law. The proposed increase in the spending limit is

necessary to allow use of the proceeds of the Special Tax previously approved by

District voters. If approved by a majority of those voting, Measure A would permit

the District to maintain its current spending limitation for another four years.

In 2003, District voters approved a special tax (“Special Tax”) to support fire protection,

prevention and suppression, rescue, and emergency medical response

services within the District.

The California Constitution restricts governmental spending of tax proceeds, such

as the District’s Special Tax, by setting an annual spending limit. The Constitution

authorizes voters to change this spending limit for a maximum period of four years

at a time. When they approved the Special Tax in 2003, District voters also raised

the District’s spending limit for the maximum period (four years) allowed by the

Constitution to allow the District to spend the tax money. The voters approved the

continuation of the spending limit increase for additional four-year periods in 2007

and again in 2011. The District Board of Directors has placed Measure A on the

ballot to submit to the voters the question of whether the appropriations limit should

continue for another four years.

If approved, this measure will continue the District’s authority to spend the Special

Tax through fiscal year 2019-20 and will allow the District to continue meeting its

current operating costs, which are more than the limits otherwise allowed under the

constitutional limit. If this measure fails, the District’s current spending limits will be

reduced, which will reduce the funds available to continue the District’s current

levels of service.

Measure A does not authorize the District to impose a new assessment or increase

the property tax rate. The revenues appropriated pursuant to this increase may

only be used for the purposes of obtaining, furnishing, operation, and maintaining

ambulance and fire suppression equipment and apparatus, and for other necessary

fire and life safety services and expense of the District.

A “yes” vote on Measure A is a vote to continue the previously approved increase

in the District’s appropriations (spending) limit.

A “no” vote on Measure A is a vote against continuing the previously approved

increase in the District’s appropriations (spending) limit.

BRUCE D. GOLDSTEIN

County Counsel

By: s/ Robert H. Pittman

Chief Deputy County Counsel

Sonoma

— County Counsel

Arguments FOR

This is not a tax increase. It is not a new tax. A “Yes” vote simply permits the District

to continue to budget and expend the Special Tax funds previously approved by

the voters in 2003, and reapproved in 2007 and 2011, for another four years.

Your “Yes” vote will allow the Fire District to provide 24-7, “all risk” services, including

Paramedic Ambulance operations, to our community without the prospect of

staff layoffs or service reductions that would be caused by decreased Special Tax

revenue. In order to maintain the services, you are currently funding, the law

requires the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District to place this Appropriations Limit

approval before you every four years.

We ask for your “Yes” vote to continue to maintain the high level of fire, medical,

and rescue services we have come to expect and appreciate in Bodega Bay.

Thank you.

s/ Michael P. Trapani

Veterinarian, Local Business Owner

s/ Patty Ginochio

President, Bodega Bay Chamber

s/ Cathy Beck

Retired Director, Business Owner

s/ Charles G. Bone

Fire Board Director

s/ Shay Pickton

Consulting Engineer, BBFPD Board

NO ARGUMENT WAS SUBMITTED AGAINST MEASURE A

Proposed legislation

APPENDIX “A”

ORDINANCE NO. 16/17-1

AN ORDINANCE OF THE BODEGA BAY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT

INCREASING THE DISTRICT’S APPROPRIATIONS LIMIT FOR THE

MAXIMUM PERIOD ALLOWED BY LAW (FOUR YEARS) TO ALLOW FOR THE

USE OF ALL PROCEEDS OF THE VOTER APPROVED SPECIAL TAX.

________________________________________________________________

The Board of Directors of the Bodega Bay Fire Protection District (“District”)

do ordain as follows:

SECTION I. PURPOSE AND INTENT.

It is the purpose and intent of this ordinance to authorize an increase of the

appropriations limit of the District for the provision of ambulance and fire services.

Such increase shall be applicable for a period of four years. The revenues appropriated

pursuant to this increase are to be used solely for the purposes of obtaining,

furnishing, operating and maintaining ambulance and fire suppression equipment

and apparatus, and for other necessary fire and life safety services and expenses

of the District.

SECTION II. APPROPRIATIONS LIMIT.

The appropriations limit for the District shall be increased for the maximum

period permitted by law (four years) to allow for the use of all proceeds raised by

the District’s special tax.

SECTION III. LIMITED AMENDMENT.

If any section of this ordinance or portion thereof is held invalid or unenforceable

by any court and such judgment becomes final, then that section may be

amended by the District’s Board by a majority vote to conform with the judgment of

such court, provided that such amendment is consistent with the purpose and intent

of this ordinance. Provisions of this ordinance relating to procedures may only be

amended by ordinance.

SECTION IV. SEVERABILITY CLAUSE.

If any section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase of this ordinance is for

any reason held to be unconstitutional and invalid, such decision shall not affect

the validity of the remaining portion of this ordinance. The people of the Bodega Bay

Fire Protection District hereby declare that they would have passed this ordinance

and every section, subsection, sentence, clause or phrase thereof, irrespective of

the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, sentences, clauses or phrases

be declared unconstitutional or invalid.

SECTION V. EFFECTIVE DATE.

This Ordinance shall take effect the day following its approval by a simple

majority of the District’s qualified voters voting on its approval at the special election

on June 7, 2016.

SO ORDERED. ATTEST:

____________________________________ ______________________

s/ Charlie Bone, President

Board of Directors, Bodega Bay Fire Protection District

s/ Sean Grinnell

Clerk of the Board ofDirectors

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