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Fresno County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Measure A
Transient Occupancy Tax
City of Kingsburg

Needs 51% to pass

3329 / 75.56% Yes votes ...... 1077 / 24.44% No votes

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To maintain and improve public safety services such as police and fire protection, street and pothole repair, parks, youth, after-school, anti-gang and anti-drug programs; senior and other city services, shall the City of Kingsburg impose a Transient Occupancy Tax, also known as a hotel bed tax paid only by hotel guest, of 12%, 4% more than the current tax of 8%, and continuing to be subject to publicly available annual audits.

Impartial Analysis
This measure, if approved by more than 50% of the qualified voters in Kingsburg casting votes in this election, will enact Ordinance No. 2008-07, revising Section 3.16.030 of Chapter 3.16 of Title 3 of the Kingsburg Municipal Code, the City's Transient Occupancy Hotel Tax. Chapter 3.16 currently provides for a Transient Occupancy Hotel Tax of eight percent (8%).

This measure will increase the Transient Occupancy Hotel Tax rate to twelve percent (12%). The Transient Occupancy Hotel Tax is NOT assessed on Kingsburg residents or businesses. Rather, it is assessed on visitors to Kingsburg, who stay in hotels, as defined in Chapter 3.16, for periods of thirty days or less. Certain exemptions to the payment of the Transient Occupancy Hotel Tax are provided in Chapter 3.16. Each must obtain a certificate from the City, which must be posted in the hotel at all times. Hotel operators must collect the tax from hotel guests and remit the tax to the City on a quarterly basis. Penalties are assessed for delinquent payment of the tax, unless an extension for good cause has been obtained. Along with remitting the tax to the City, the hotel operator must also file a tax return which shows the amount of tax collected or otherwise due for the related period.

The hotel operator is provided due process rights to appeal the City's redetermination of the amount of tax remitted to the City by a hotel operator. The Transient Occupancy Hotel Tax is a general tax whose proceeds go into the City's General Fund and whose uses are not restricted to a particular purpose.

This tax may not be increased or extended without a majority vote of qualified voters of the City, but the City Council may otherwise amend the ordinance without a popular vote. Board Member, Kingsburg Historical Society,

s/ Michael J. Noland
City Attorney

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure A. If you desire a copy of the Ordinance, please call the city clerk at (559) 897-5821.

 
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Arguments For Measure A
Vote YES on A to protect our essential services, WITHOUT taxing Kingsburg residents.

Measure A is a HOTEL TAX PAID ONLY BY VISITORS when they spend the night locally. Kingsburg homeowners or property owners are NOT taxed.

Consider this:

  • Kingsburg's population has grown by 56%
  • reported crimes in Kingsburg have doubled
  • the number of Kingsburg calls for police assistance has increased 300%

YES on A provides the funding we need to protect and maintain Kingsburg's small town quality of life WITHOUT RAISING YOUR TAXES.

YES on A fights youth crime. YES on A fights gangs and drugs from coming into Kingsburg. YES on A repairs our potholes. YES on A stimulates our economic development.

For the past decade, Sacramento politicians have seized more than $2 million from Kingsburg to address the state's own budget crises. Now the State has proposed additional funding cuts that threaten our City services.

YES on A gives us LOCAL CONTROL to protect our services. By law, every penny is required to stay here and cannot be taken by the State.

By increasing the cost of a hotel room by just a few dollars a night for visitors, YES on A provides Kingsburg with the funds needed to maintain and improve our police and fire services, roads, parks, anti-gang/drug programs, and senior services that give us our small town quality of life.

Measure A guarantees strong fiscal accountability protections, including being subject to publicly available, annual, independent audits of city funds and expenditures. Remember to VOTE LOCAL November 4th only YES on A directly affects Kingsburg. Join police officers, firefighters, local business owners, teachers and community leaders in voting YES on A to PROTECT AND MAINTAIN OUR CITY SERVICES. For information about Measure A, visit http://www.CityofKingsburg-ca.gov.

s/ Wayne Osborne
President, Kingsburg Firefighters Association

s/ Kevin Pendley
Sergeant, Kingsburg Police, Fmr. DARE officer

s/ Judy Pagel
Local business owner and 10-year Kingsburg resident

s/ Mike Henenfent
President, Kingsburg Chamber of Commerce

s/ Ed Morgan
Board Member, Kingsburg Historical Society,
71-year Kingsburg resident

(No arguments against Measure A were submitted)

Full Text of Measure A
THE KINGSBURG CITY SERVICES IMPROVEMENT MEASURE. To maintain and improve public safety services such as police and fire protection, street and pothole repair, parks, youth, after-school, anti-gang and anti-drug programs; senior and other city services, shall the City of Kingsburg impose a Transient Occupancy Tax, also known as a hotel bed tax paid only by hotel guests, of 12%, 4% more than the current Transient Occupancy Tax of 8%, and continuing to be subject to publicly available annual audits.


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