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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election

City of Carmel-By-the-Sea
Measure C Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


983 votos si (60.53%)

641 votos no (39.47%)

Shall the Ordinance to increase the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea's current 1% sales tax to 1.5% to generate an estimated $4.5 million per year for 20 years to enhance the City's green infrastructure of parks, trails, beaches and trees; invest in community facilities and spaces; maintain public safety and emergency preparation; fund capital needs; address pension liabilities and provide general City services, with all funds staying local, and with an annual independent audit, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the tax. 

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” vote is a vote against the tax. 

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Brian A. Pierik, Carmel-by-the-Sea City Attorney

The City Council has placed on the ballot the question of whether to approve an ordinance amending the transactionsand use tax within the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea. The ordinance would repeal the existing transactions and use tax rate of one percent (1%),which otherwise will expire on March 31, 2023,and replace it with a transaction and use tax of one and one-half percent (1.50%) of the retail sales price, or one and one-half cent for an item that costs one dollar, for a term of 20 years. Currently, the tax on retail sales withinthe City ofCarmel-by-the-Sea is 8.75%of the purchase price. Technically, the existing 8.75% “sales tax” is a combination of “sales and use tax” and “transactions and use tax.” Both are levied on the sale or use of tangible personal property sold at retail. Retailers collect the tax at the time of sale and remit the funds to the California Department of Tax and Fee Administration, which administers the tax. The City receives 2.0%, the County of Monterey 0.75% and the remaining 6.0% goes to the State.This measure would authorize an additional 0.50% (one-half of one percent) transactionsand use tax, which would increase the total sales tax rate within the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea to 9.25%. Of that total amount, 2.5% would be received by the City and deposited in its general fund and be available to support the full range of municipal services. This tax on retail sales is paid by non-residents as well as residents. Certain necessities of life, including purchases of food or medicine, are exempt from the tax.The City Council and staff estimate the 0.50% (one-half of one percent)transactionsanduse tax increase would result in additional revenue to the City of Carmel-by-the-Seaof approximately $1.5million annually over the next 20 years.Because this measure does not legally restrict the use of tax revenue to any specific purposes, it is classified as a “general tax,” not a “special tax.” The tax proceeds may be used for any valid municipal government purpose, including but not limited to,local street maintenance, 911 emergency medical, police and fire response, pedestrian/cyclist/traffic safety, park maintenance, library services, programs for youth and seniors, and to preserve the City’s long-term financial stability. A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of the tax. A “No” vote is a vote against the tax. This measure will be approved if it receivesa simple majority of “Yes” votes. If this measure is approved, the total sales tax rate within the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will increase to 9.25%. If this measure is not approved, the total sales tax rate within the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea will remain at 8.75% until the City’s existing transactions and use tax rate of one percent (1%) expires on March 31, 2023.The above statement is an impartial analysis of the City of Carmel-by-the-SeaTransactions and Use Tax Measure. If you desire a copy of the ordinance, please call the City Clerk’s office at 831-620-2016and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Please join us in supporting Carmel-by-the-Sea’s measure to maintain quality services and fund projects that contribute to our quality of life and Village characteristics; protect our natural resources; and invest in our infrastructure while bolstering the financial health of the City.

Carmel voters approved Measure D, Carmel-by-the-Sea’s current 1% local sales tax, in 2012. Measure D funds a variety of services, pension obligations and physical improvements in our community. While Measure D is being used as intended, it is becoming challenging to sustain service levels and fund ongoing capital needs. Our infrastructure needs are great, revenues are declining and the costs to provide quality services are rising, largely due to State regulations, pension liabilities, and healthcare that are outside of the City’s control. That is why we are asking for your support again.

Carmel’s new measure would increase the current local sales tax by .5% to a new rate of 1.5%. The sales tax rate paid by locals and visitors would become 9.25%. Under this measure, all funds generated locally stay local and visitors would be supporting local services and community improvements through their purchases.

These sales tax revenues would be used to invest in community facilities and spaces; protect the beach, parks, trails and trees; maintain public safety and emergency preparedness; address pension costs; fund new and capital projects and support citywide services. A “YES” vote on Carmel’s measure means a “YES” on Community, Green Infrastructure, Safety, Services and Fiscal Sustainability. We ask that you join the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, the Carmel Residents Association and the five of us in voting “YES” on this measure.

Argumento EN CONTRA

No arguments against this measure were submitted.

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Noticias (1)

Carmel asking voters to raise sales tax — February 6, 2020 Monterey Herald
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