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City of Claremont
Measure SC - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


5,603 votes yes (57.69%)

4,109 votes no (42.31%)

100% of precincts reporting (13/13).

Shall the measure to impose an ad valorem tax on real property located in the City of Claremont at the maximum rate of $30.33 per $100,000 of assessed value, for a maximum term of 25 years, to annually raise an estimated $1.55 million through the sale of general obligation bonds with net proceeds of $23.5 million for construction of a new City police facility that will replace the existing 45-year old substandard police building, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Alisha Patterson, City Attorney

This measure would authorize the City of Claremont to issue general obligation bonds with net proceeds of $23.5 million and a 25-year term to finance the design and construction of a new City police facility.

The current Claremont Police Station is 45 years old. It was designed for an all-male police department that was half the size of Claremont’s current department. Built in the 1970’s, the Station does not comply with modern building standards, and its jail facility is at risk of decertification (in which case, the City could not use it as a jail anymore).

The general obligation bonds would fund a new Police Station that would be located on the same site as the current Police Station. The proposed Station would be larger (approximately 26,000 square feet), it would serve a co-ed police department, and it would comply with modern building standards and regulations for jails. In addition, the proposed Station would be more energy efficient, would be accessible to people with disabilities, and would have electrical and mechanical systems that can better meet the demands of today’s advanced computer and communication systems.

The Claremont City Council placed this measure on the ballot. This measure approves funding for a new Police Station, but it does not commit the City to a particular building design. If this measure is approved, the City will evaluate design options for the building through a public process.

Financial Implications

The City would pay the debt service on the general obligation bonds through an ad valorem tax that it would impose on all taxable real property in the City of Claremont. The maximum tax rate would be $30.33 per $100,000 of assessed valuation.

The City estimates that, the year after it issues the first bonds, the estimated debt service would require a tax rate of $26.41 per $100,000 of assessed valuation. To illustrate, the estimated annual tax for a home with an assessed valuation of $500,000 would be $132.05 the first year after bonds are issued.

The City expects this rate to decrease each year (assuming one bond series) with the average tax rate being approximately $24.47 per $100,000 of assessed valuation over the 25-year issue.

California law requires an affirmative two-thirds vote to impose the tax and issue the bonds.

A “yes” vote on Measure SC is a vote in favor of issuing the bonds and imposing an ad valorem tax for a new police facility.

A “no” vote on Measure SC would disapprove the issuance of bonds and imposition of an ad valorem tax for a new police facility.

Dated: March 14, 2018

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Claremont’s current Police Station is failing. It fails to meet current building codes. It fails to meet accessibility requirements for the disabled. It fails to meet state Department of Corrections’ jail standards. It fails to meet technological demands of a modern 24/7 police force. It fails to provide adequate and equal facilities for female officers. It will fail in a major earthquake or other disaster. And most importantly, it fails to meet the high standard of safety our community deserves.

Our community needs a station that is not failing, and will not fail us in a disaster. We need a station that serves the emergency needs of our residents, businesses, and visitors.

For more than two years, a 15 member citizen committee scrutinized every aspect of the station. They differentiated between “needs “&”wants” and agreed upon a functional, efficient, and reasonable station at the existing location. The committee established a cost not to exceed $25 million, and selected a General Obligation Bond as the fair and equitable financing option.

While not everyone will agree on the details of the proposed facility, what we can agree on is the fact that we can no longer postpone the building of a new station. Patching is no longer an option. Are we willing to risk a costly lawsuit or the closure of the station for violations and non-compliance with state and federal requirements or pay a higher cost to build after a disaster?

The time is now to replace the inadequate and unsafe station with a new building that reflects Claremont’s commitment to safety. That safety depends on your vote!

Please vote YES on Measure SC.

Mayor, City of Claremont

Senior Pastor Emeritus, Claremont United Church of Christ

Community Volunteer

Claremont Businessman, Architect

Professor, Neighborhood Watch Organizer

Arguments AGAINST

This measure would levy a new tax for 25 years for yet another oversized and over-priced police station.

In 2015, Claremont voters defeated Measure PS by a 3 to 1 margin. At the time, the City of Claremont told us it was absolutely necessary to spend $50,000,000 on a palatial police station. City officials now come back and propose a different but still imposing edifice almost three times the size of the current structure, and over five times its original cost in real dollars.

From the time the existing building opened, our population has increased by less than half, and Claremont is built out. A building the size and cost of the one proposed isn’t needed now or in the future.

City staff has no idea what the additional operating costs of this huge building will be, nor where that money will come from.

Compared to other funding options rejected by the City, this financing scheme exempts non-profits and the colleges from payment of over $4,900,000 while businesses would enjoy nearly $2,800,000 in tax breaks. As a result, homeowners will pay more than $5,000,000 in additional taxes, roughly $500. It is unfair.

In the City’s survey, half of those responding thought this large station was unnecessary and four out of five opposed this financing scheme because of the cost. This measure isn’t what the general public supports.

City staff reports a typical homeowner will pay almost $4,000 in all. New residents—young families with children—will pay even more because of the increase in assessed value when they buy.

Claremont just lost $11,000,000 in the water takeover debacle through bad decisions. City spending has taken our financial reserves well below guidelines. With unfunded pensions, state mandates, and with additional county and state taxes, this is too much.

Please vote NO.

Claremont Resident

Claremont Resident

Claremont Resident

Replies to Arguments FOR

While many supporters of Measure SC question the size of the proposed station, even more question the financing and its cost to the community. This general obligation bond costs residential property owners more than $5,000,000 EXTRA over 25 years than an alternative rejected by the city council.

The alternative would automatically have included the colleges and non-profits rather than exempting them, and required a fairer contribution from businesses—where police calls have been increasing lately according to a recent police report to council.

Instead, the City of Claremont has entered into protracted negotiations with the Colleges over a possible contribution. As this rebuttal is being written (in late March), no amount has been offered by the schools. Numbers from $750,000 to $5,000,000 have been publicly mentioned. If the Colleges were to offer a total towards the high end of that range AND if the City were to use ALL of it to reduce the exposure of the taxpayers, that would be an improvement on the non-profit side. But the business side would remain unaddressed.

This should have been sorted out before going to the voters.

It is regrettable that with more than two years to re-study this issue, City Hall hasn’t gotten it right. Mayor Nasiali was correct in December: this measure was rushed and the financing is wrong.

Do not vote for Measure SC simply because it improves somewhat on the last proposal. Too many problems remain, and the community is not convinced.


Please vote NO on Measure SC.

Claremont Resident

Claremont Resident

Claremont Resident

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Claremont is a community unlike any other in Southern California. It is a community that was built with thoughtful planning and community participation. These values are what attracted many of us to buy our “forever” homes here. This thoughtful planning and public process was used to develop the Police Facility proposal. Compromise and collaboration are values to be proud of. Perfection is the enemy of the good. This project is right-sized and funded by the most reliable mechanism.

The City does not have the money to build a new station from the general fund. In the same way people finance their homes with a mortgage, we must finance the construction of a new station. A General Obligation Bond is the least expensive way to borrow money. It is the funding mechanism we have used for past capital investments. We have used it to fund parks, schools, and facilities. We need a station that is structurally sound and big enough to fit the size and needs of our Police Department. By supporting Measure SC, you are giving the men and women of your Claremont Police Department the tools and resources they need to keep our community safe now and in the future. A safe community is a community with high property values.

NOW is the time to fund a new station. We may not get this chance again. It’s time to come together and vote for the community’s best interest.

Vote YES on Measure SC.

Former Mayor, Claremont

Claremont Police Commissioner

Community Member

Claremont C.E.R.T.

Chair, Committee for Safe and Healthy Housing

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