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Marin County, CA November 3, 1998 General
Measure H
Paramedic Services Special Tax and Appropriations Limit Increase
Town of Ross

894 / 79.3% Yes votes ...... 233 / 20.7% No votes

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Shall there be a special four year tax for paramedic services in an amount not to exceed thirty dollars ($30.00) per year per living unit and per 1,500 square feet of structure on each developed parcel in non-residential use, with the appropriations limit increased by the amount of said tax for the next four years?
Impartial Analysis from the Town Attorney
If this measure is approved by a two-thirds vote, the special tax for paramedic services administered by a Joint Powers Authority authorized by the voters in 1983, 1991, and 1994, will be continued with a maximum annual levy of $30.00 on each living unit and $30.00 per year per 1,500 square feet of structure on each developed parcel in non-residential use. The appropriations limit established for the Town of Ross pursuant to Article XIIIB of the California Constitution will be increased in an amount equal to the proceeds of the special tax. The special tax and the corresponding increase in the appropriations limit expire on June 30, 2003.

Dated: August 14, 1998

Town Attorney

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Arguments For Measure H
Since 1983, the voters in the Ross Valley have overwhelmingly approved a special tax to provide paramedic service. To continue this high standard of emergency medical care for four more years, you must now re-approve this measure. The initial Ross Valley Paramedic Authority (RVPA) tax provided for a single ambulance. The demand for paramedic service from our citizens dictates that one ambulance can no longer deliver an adequate response to residents of the area.

To fund improved service without increasing the current tax, the RVPA plans to charge for ambulance transport. This transport charge will be billed to insurance providers, such as Medi-Cal, Medicare, and private insurance carriers. Transport billing is the standard with all other paramedic providers within Marin County.

Your parcel tax covers advanced level services, including dedicated paramedic ambulances in the Ross Valley, 911 responses, and paramedic training. The actual parcel tax will be determined each year. A "YES" vote for this measure does not increase the parcel tax, which has been $30.00 per taxable unit for the past eight years.

Our goal is to continue to improve paramedic services in Ross Valley.

We need YOUR vote to continue this vital service. Vote "YES" on Measure H.

s/ John J. Gray


s/ Charles Goodman

(No arguments against Measure H were submitted)

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