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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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— Special Tax on All Parcels of Real Property —

Special District
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

Marble Mountain Community Services District
Measure N - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

48 votes yes (69.57%)

21 votes no (30.43%)

  • 69 ballots counted

Shall the Board of Directors of the Marble Mountain Community Services District be authorized to annually assess each parcel of real property located within the District which is not included within the boundaries of Road Improvement Zone "1" a special tax in an amount up to, but not exceeding, the amount of $400 per parcel to be expended for the maintenance and improvement of roadways located in those areas of the District lying outside of Road Improvement Zone "1"?

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 all parcels of real property located within the Marble Mountain Community Services District (“District”) “that are not included in Road Improvement Zone ‘1’ which area of land is otherwise commonly known as the ‘Upper Road’ for the purposes of funding maintenance and improvements of roadways.”

This special tax would be in the amount “up to, but not exceeding, the amount of $400 per parcel” for the maintenance and improvement of roadways located in those areas of the District lying outside of Road Improvement Zone ‘1’. This special tax would replace an existing special tax of $100 currently imposed on parcels within the District that are the subject of this measure, as described above. 

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 No. 2016-02 of the Board of Directors of the District.

A “YES” vote is a vote to authorize the special tax of $400 provided in the measure. 

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 the special tax of $400 provided in the measure.

NO vote means

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

Arguments FOR

The controversy surrounding a special tax for the upper road stems from the 1980’s, roughly 30 years ago. Whatever subjective history you choose to listen to, the operative theme is: that was then, and this is now. Current costs of asphalt, labor, and grading require this tax to afford the CSD the ability to improve and maintain the roadways. Arguments for maintaining and improving existing roads are obvious and elementary, ranging from improved property values to safety issues. The amount of the tax is UP TO, but not necessarily $400 per parcel per year. The amount of this tax is minimal compared to the benefits it will bring. In addition, the lower road has had a virtually identical tax in place since 1989, when the initial paving of that area took place. Many people will spend more for their daily coffee than what it will take to keep their roads in good repair. Please vote YES on Measure N to keep the roads in good shape.

S. Blake Bartel, Member, Board of Directors of Marble Mountain CSD

Proposed legislation

Resolution No. 2016-02

WHEREAS, the Marble Mountain Community Services District (CSD) is a political subdivision of the State of California and a community services district formed and operating pursuant to the provisions of Government Code section §61000 et seq. (the “District”);; and WHEREAS, pursuant to Government Code section §61121 and 50075 et seq. the District is authorized to levy a special tax on all or a portion of the parcels of real property within the jurisdictional boundaries of the district upon a two-thirds vote of those registered voters subject to the proposed tax; and

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors has proposed to levy a special tax on all parcels of real property located within the District that are not included in Road Improvement Zone “1”, which area of land is otherwise commonly known as the “Upper Road”, for the purposes of funding maintenance and improvements of roadways within that area of the District lying outside of Road Improvement Zone “1” that would be subject to such tax.

WHEREAS, the Board of Directors conducted a public hearing on the issue of whether to place such a measure on the ballot on November 8, 2016; and 

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Directors of the Marble Mountain CSD to request the Elections Department of El Dorado County to conduct a mail ballot election on November 8, 2016 and submit a mail ballot to each registered voter whose residence address is located within the jurisdictional boundaries of the District but outside the area comprising Road Improvement Zone “1”, which ballot shall contain the following measure:

“Shall the Board of Directors of the Marble Mountain Community Services District be authorized to annually assess each parcel of real property located within the District which is not included within the boundaries of Road Improvement Zone “1” a special tax in an amount up to, but not exceeding, the amount of $400 per parcel to be expended for the maintenance and improvement of roadways located in those areas of the District lying outside of Road Improvement Zone “1”?

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