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Special District

County Service Area 3 Snow Removal City of South Lake Tahoe
Measure M - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


1,727 votes yes (49.13%)

1,788 votes no (50.87%)

100% of precincts reporting (12/12).

3,627 ballots counted.

Shall the measure providing for an annual special tax of $80.00 for twenty years' duration on improved parcels of land within the South Shore Snow removal Zone of benefit, and replacing the current benefit assessment of $20.00 per parcel, to be used exclusively for acquisition of snow removal equipment to improve public safety, not salaries and benefits, and subject to annual oversight, which will generate annual revenue of $536,720.00 commencing fiscal year 2020/2021, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

A “YES” vote is a vote to authorize the levy of the annual special tax in an amount of $80 per improved parcel, as provided in the Measure.  

NO vote means

A “NO” vote is a vote against the levy of the special tax.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

David A. Livingston, El Dorado County, County Counsel

Measure M (the “Measure”), if approved by two-thirds of the voters voting thereon, would authorize the levy of a special tax at the rate of $80 per improved parcel per year within the South Shore Snow Removal Zone of Benefit 501 of County Service Area 3 (the “Zone”). This Measure was placed on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado pursuant to Resolution No. 169-2019, which was passed at an official meeting of the Board of Supervisors on November 5, 2019.

If approved, the special tax authorized by this Measure will be used solely for the purpose of acquisition of snow removal equipment for use within the Zone. The special tax authorized by this Measure would become effective in Fiscal Year 2020/2021 and remain in effect for twenty years. The special tax authorized by this Measure is expected to generate revenue of approximately $536,720 per year. If the Measure is approved, the special tax would replace an existing annual assessment of $20 per parcel. If the Measure is not approved, the existing annual assessment will remain in effect.

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. In addition to any statutory accountability requirements, the Measure requires the County to provide a financial report of the revenue generated by the special tax, the expenses paid by the special tax, and other financial matters associated with the Zone’s operations no less than annually to the Meyers Advisory Council or its successor.

The special tax authorized by this Measure will 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 manner 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, shall also apply to the special tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

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