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Santa Cruz County, CA November 7, 2006 Election
Measure M
Retirement Tax Rate
City of Watsonville

3,477 / 50.96% Yes votes ...... 3,346 / 49.04% No votes

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Results as of December 1 10:01am, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (32/32)
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Shall the City of Watsonville amend Subdivision (b) of Section 1122 of Article XI of the Charter of the City of Watsonville by adding a new Subdivision (3) which caps the retirement tax rate at 7.7 cents per $100.00 of assessed value, to be effective on July 1, 2007, if the voters also approve a one quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax increase?

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Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
Subparagraph (1) of subdivision (b) of Section 1122 of the Watsonville City Charter, adopted by the voters in 1960, authorized an additional real estate tax in Watsonville to be collected with other real estate taxes. The purpose of this additional real estate tax was to pay all annual City obligations to the State Employees' Retirement System, or other system for the retirement of City employees.

This tax has been collected annually since 1950. The rate in 2004 was 13.4 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value.

This Measure, if approved by the voters, would amend the City Charter by adding new language to Section 1122 prohibiting the City from collecting this retirement tax at a rate exceeding 7.7 cents per hundred dollars of assessed value. This would reduce and cap the retirement tax paid by all owners of Watsonville real estate.

This Measure would become valid and effective only if the voters also approve proposed Measure L which would authorize a citywide 1/4 cent sales tax. The City would use the sales tax increase to partially offset this reduction in the retirement tax.

s/ Alan J. Smith
City Attorney

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