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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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— Specified Spending of RevenueAdvisory Question —

Local
November 8, 2016 —California General Election

City of South Lake Tahoe
Measure Q Advisory Question -

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Election Results

Failing

32 votes yes (42.11%)

44 votes no (57.89%)

  • 2,722 ballots counted

Shall the revenue derived from the ordinance that increases the amount of transaction and use tax by one half (1/2) percent be expended on housing?

Impartial analysis / Proposal

ADVISORY VOTE ONLY

MEASURE Q

A BALLOT MEASURE TO ADVISE THE CITY TO SPEND MEASURE Q REVENUE ON HOUSING

Measure Q has been placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe. This advisory measure is a companion to the Measure U, a one half (1/2) percent transaction and use tax increase measure. If this advisory measure has the most votes of Measures Q, R and S, and Measure U passes, the City Council will spend 100 percent of the revenue from Measure U on Housing. The City Council has placed in the enacting resolution that only a unanimous vote of the City Council can modify or change the spending of the revenue. 

Financial Impact 

There is no financial impact of this advisory vote.

Effect of the Measure

A “Yes” vote will advise the City Council to spend 100% of the revenue generated by Measure U on Housing. A “No” vote advises the City Council not to spend revenue from Measure U on Housing. This advisory vote measure will only result in the revenue being spent on Housing if this Measure receives more affirmative votes than Measures R and S and Measure U passes. 

Full Text of the Measure

"Shall the Revenue Derived from the Ordinance that Increases the Amount of Transaction and Use Tax by One Half (1/2) Percent be Expended on Housing?"

 

Respectfully Submitted,

Thomas T. Watson, City Attorney

YES vote means

A “Yes” vote will advise the City Council to spend 100% of the revenue generated by Measure U on Housing.

NO vote means

A “No” vote advises the City Council not to spend revenue from Measure U on Housing.

Arguments FOR

The city council shall expend 100% of the revenue derived on the highest vote getter of Measure Q, Measure R or Measure S. The City of South Lake Tahoe has come a long way toward putting its financial house in order. Over the past 5 years it has dramatically cut costs, including numbers of employees. It has achieved a reduction in unfunded liabilities, healthcare costs, and refinanced debt to save taxpayers over 50 million dollars.

For these reasons – and because the city simply needs more money to provide the level of service residents expect – voters should approve Measure Q in November if they want to fund HOUSING. Measure Q will increase the sales tax by ½% which is the equivalent of 5 cents for every $10.00 spent on taxable goods and services. It does not affect grocery or medication purchases. This sales tax increase will raise $2.5M annually and is shared by everyone and arguably, the ones most affected by Measure Q, will be the tourists who do the majority of retail shopping within the city. 

We have a housing crisis in South Lake Tahoe. We are in dire need of affordable, workplace and retiree long-term accommodations. If Measure Q is enacted, the funds could be used to re-establish the city’s first time home buyers program offering a silent second mortgage, offer silent second mortgages to community members at or below median incomes, supplement the construction for rent controlled apartments and condos for community members, finish the Aspens project or be used to attract developers. A housing commission could be established to garner community input and recommend to council a best path forward.

If you agree our HOUSING is a priority that needs to be improved and maintained with this funding, vote YES on Measure Q.

Wendy David, Mayor City of South Lake Tahoe

Austin Sass, Mayor Pro Tem, City of South Lake Tahoe

Proposed legislation

CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE RESOLUTION NO. 2016-46

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE SUBMITTING TO THE VOTERS OF THE

CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE A MEASURE TO ADVISE THE CITY COUNCIL TO EXPEND THE REVENUE FROM AN

ORDINANCE INCREASING THE CITY'S TRANSACTION AND USE TAX

THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE DOES RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:

 

Section 1: Election. Pursuant to Sections 9222 and 10201 of the California Elections Code, the City Council concurrently submits to the voters of the City of South Lake Tahoe a measure to enact an ordinance to amend the transaction and use tax from one half (1/2) percent to one (1) percent for the general fund purposes as determined in this companion advisory vote. The measure shall be voted on at the statewide election held on Tuesday, November 8, 2016. 

Section 2: Ballot Proposition. The full text of the measure is the proposed Resolution attached hereto as Exhibit A and incorporated herein by this reference and such. Resolution shall be printed in the voter pamphlet. The question to be submitted to the voters on the ballot shall be as follows:

"Shall the revenue derived from the ordinance that increases the amount of transaction and use tax by one half (1/2) percent be expended on Housing Needs?" 

Section 3: Expenditure of Revenue. The City Council shall expend 100% of the revenue derived from the companion transaction and use tax measure on the highest vote getter of the three resolutions 2016-46, 2016-47 and 2016-48.

Section 4: Supermajority of Council Vote. The City Council shall modify, suspend or change the amounts expended as set forth in Section 3, only upon a unanimous vote of the City Council at a regularly held meeting. 

Section 5: Impartial Analysis. The City Council hereby directs the City Clerk to transmit a copy of the measure to the City Attorney. The City Attorney shall prepare an impartial analysis of the proposition pursuant to Section 9280 of the Elections Code.

Section 6: Ballot Argument. Members of the City Council are hereby authorized to submit a ballot argument for the measure pursuant to Article 4 of Chapter 3 of Division 9 of the California Elections Code. 

Section 7: Rebuttal Argument. Pursuant to Section 9285 of the Elections Code of the State of California, when the City Clerk has selected the arguments for and against a City measure which will be printed and distributed to the voters, the Clerk shall send copies of the argument in favor of the measure to the authors of the argument against, and copies of the argument against to the authors of the argument in favor. The authors, or a majority of the authors, may prepare and submit rebuttal arguments not exceeding 250 words or may authorize, in writing, others to submit a rebuttal argument. The rebuttal arguments shall be filed with the City Clerk, accompanied by the printed names(s) and signature(s) of the person(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers, not more than ten (10) days after the final date for filing direct arguments. Rebuttal arguments shall be printed in the same manner as the direct arguments. Each rebuttal argument shall immediately follow the direct argument that it seeks to rebut. All previous resolutions providing for the filing of the rebuttal arguments for city measures are repealed. The provisions of the Section 5 shall apply only to the Election of November 8, 2016 concerning the ballot Proposition set forth in this Resolution and shall then be repealed.

Section 8: Other Acts. The Mayor and all other officers of the City are hereby authorized and directed, jointly and severally, to do any and all things, to execute and deliver any and all documents that they may deem necessary or advisable in order to complete the process for placing the proposition on the November 8, 2016 ballot. 

Section 9: The City Clerk shall certify to the adoption of this Resolution and shall cause this Resolution and its certification to be entered in the records of the Council of this City.

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