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— Increase Annual Special TaxParcel Tax —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Hickok Road Community Services District
Measure M Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Failing

18 votes yes (36%)

32 votes no (64%)

  • 50 ballots counted

Shall an increase in a special tax be authorized on parcels of real property in the Hickok Road Community Services District, to be used for the costs of maintaining, upgrading and improving roads within the District?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

This measure, if approved by 2/3 of the voters voting on the measure, would authorize an increase in a special tax on parcels of real property in the Hickok Road Community Services District (“District”), to be used for the costs of maintaining, upgrading and improving roads within the District.

This special tax would be in the amount of $300 per year per parcel of land located within the boundaries of the District. The special tax may be reduced at the beginning of each fiscal year, following a public hearing, by an amount not to exceed the cost of living, as determined by the Consumer Price Index. The special tax would commence on July 1, 2017, and would replace the existing special tax of $200 currently imposed on all parcels within the District. 

The special tax may be listed as a separate item on the county property tax bill for each affected parcel of land, and will be collected in the same way as the general property tax. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes, including the provisions for penalties and the procedures for sale of the property in case of delinquency, may also apply to the special tax.

State law requires the proceeds from the special tax be applied only to the identified purposes, and that an annual report be made indicating the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded by the proceeds. 

This measure was placed on the ballot by Resolution of the Board of Directors of the District.

A “YES” vote is a vote to authorize an increase in the annual special tax from $200 to $300 per parcel per year. 

A “NO” vote is a vote against an increase in the annual special tax.

Michael J. Ciccozzi, County Counsel

— Michael J. Ciccozzi, County Counsel

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote to authorize an increase in the annual special tax from $200 to $300 per parcel per year.

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against an increase in the annual special tax.

Arguments FOR

The Hickok Road CSD board is recommending increasing the special tax used for maintenance of Hickok, Sweet Valley and Harlan roads from $200 to $300 annually because of the increase in asphalt costs. In 1998, an overlay was applied to all 3 roads for approximately $70,000. Two competitive bids to overlay Hickok ALONE in 2016 were closer to $160K. We do not have the funds to do the other 2 roads at this time. 

Janna Buwalda, Volunteer General Manager

Proposed legislation

RESOLUTION OF THE HICKOK ROAD COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT PROPOSING A BALLOT

MEASURE TO INCREASE THE SPECIAL TAX TO PROVIDE FOR MAINTAINING, UPGRADING,

AND IMPROVING DISTRICT ROADS

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District wishes to submit to the voters of the District a proposal to increase funding for maintaining, upgrading and improving of District roads; and

WHEREAS, Government Code §50075 et. seq. provides authority for special districts to impose special taxes; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that increasing the existing special tax rate by $100 per parcel per year is necessary in order to adequately fund maintaining, upgrading and improving District roads; and

WHEREAS, the Board has determined that the electors within the District should have the opportunity to decide whether the level of funding for maintaining, upgrading and improving District roads; and

WHEREAS, Government Code §53722 provides that a special tax must be submitted to the electorate of the District and approved by a two-thirds vote of the voters voting on the issue.

 

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District as follows:

 

1. The Board shall submit to the voters the question of whether to increase the special tax within the District for the purpose of maintaining, upgrading, and improving District roads from $200 to $300 per parcel per year.

2. The special tax may be reduced or adjusted at the beginning of each fiscal year, commencing July 1, 2017, following a public hearing, by an amount not to exceed the cost of living as determined by the Consumer Price Index (CPI) prepared by the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics or similar indicator of inflation that may come into common and widespread use. 

3. The Hickok Road Community Services District requests that the El Dorado County Registrar of Voters place the proposed measure before the voters of the Hickok Road Community Services District on November 8, 2016 election. 

4. The title of the measure shall be “Hickok Road Community Services District Adequate Funding Initiative.”

5. The measure shall appear on the ballot in substantially the following form: Shall the Hickok Road Community Services district increase the current annual special tax to fund maintaining, upgrading, and improving District roads by $100 per parcel per year such that the total tax will increase from $200 to $300 per parcel per year? 

6. A certified copy of this Resolution shall be delivered to the Office of the El Dorado County Clerk and County Clerk shall be directed to conduct said election pursuant to applicable laws of the State of California.

7. If approved by the electorates as set forth above, said special tax shall be levied and collected in accordance with this resolution and shall be collected in the same manner and subject to the same penalty as, or with, other charges and taxes fixed and collected by the District or by the County of El Dorado. 

8. If approved by the electorate as set forth above the special tax increase set forth above shall augment existing sources of revenue to the Hickok Road Community Services District and shall not apply to parcels owned by a federal or state governmental agency or another local agency.

9. In accordance with applicable laws, the Hickok Road Community Services District shall reimburse the County of El Dorado for the cost of such election. 

10. Pursuant to Government Code §50075.1 the specific purposes of the special taxes are hereby identified as maintaining, upgrading and improving District roads.

11. The proceeds of the special tax shall only be applied to the specific purpose identified above and shall be deposited into a special account created for that purpose. 

12. The District shall prepare an annual report pursuant to Government Code §50075.3 to determine the amount of funds collected and expended and to identify the purposes for which the special tax funds have been expended.

13. In the event of any ambiguity, uncertainty or conflict regarding the application of the special tax to a particular parcel of land such ambiguity shall be resolved by formal motion of the Board of Directors of the Hickok Road Community Services District. 

14. If any section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause of phrase in this measure, or any part thereof, is held invalid or unconstitutional, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining sections or portions of this chapter or part thereof. The Board hereby declares that it would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause or phrase of this measure irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subdivisions, paragraphs, sentences, clauses or phrases may be declared invalid or nconstitutional.

15. This measure shall take effect immediately upon its adoption.

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