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Sonoma County, CA November 4, 2008 Election
Directory of Sonoma County, CA Measures
County Results as of Dec 3 8:30am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (453/453)
93.4% Countywide Voter Turnout (231,817/248,122)

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Measure J. Bond -- Bellevue Union School District (55% of the voters who vote on the measure must approve it)
Pass: 3,953 / 68.7% Yes votes ...... 1,802 / 31.3% No votes
To build new classrooms to avoid overcrowding, replace old heating, plumbing and electrical systems with energy efficient systems, build a multipurpose room at Taylor Mountain Elementary and repair or replace aging roofs, shall the Bellevue Union Elementary School District be authorized to issue $19,000,000 in bonds at legal interest rates with no funds for administrator salaries and an Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee to monitor all bond expenditures?

Measure K. Reduce Wastewater & Water Rates -- City of Petaluma (Majority Approval Required)
Fail: 11,954 / 45.4% Yes votes ...... 14,351 / 54.6% No votes
Shall an ordinance be adopted to reduce City of Petaluma wastewater and water service rates to rates in effect on January 1, 2006 and provide for specified annual adjustments thereto?

Measure L. Reduce Sewer Rates -- City of Rohnert Park
8,424 / 52.8% Yes votes ...... 7,533 / 47.2% No votes
Shall the ordinance to reduce City of Rohnert Park's current sewer service rates to rates in effect on January 1, 2006, be adopted?

Measure M. Utility User Tax -- City of Sebastopol (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 2,473 / 59.5% Yes votes ...... 1,684 / 40.5% No votes
To help preserve Sebastopol's safety and quality of life and maintain essential general fund services such as police, fire, and street maintenance, shall an ordinance be adopted to establish a utility tax to be known as the "Utility Users Tax" on gas and electric service only, that cannot exceed four percent and this is limited to six years and providing for the collection of same with certain exemptions and conditions?

Measure N. Transient Occupancy Tax -- Town of Windsor (Majority Approval Required)
Pass: 8,035 / 70.2% Yes votes ...... 3,407 / 29.8% No votes
Shall the Town of Windsor Municipal Code be amended to increase the transient occupancy tax, commonly called the "hotel tax," which is charged only on persons who occupy hotel rooms in the Town for 30 days or less, from 8 percent to 12 percent in order to contribute funding towards basic Town services such as police, street repair, park maintenance, and community programs?

Measure O. Improve Fire and Emergency Protection Services -- Gold Ridge Fire Protection District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 6,773 / 76.0% Yes votes ...... 2,139 / 24.0% No votes
Shall Ordinance No. 08-09-1-R of the Gold Ridge Fire Protection District authorizing it to impose and levy a new special tax of $45.00 on all improved parcels of real property within the Fire Protection District to assist in meeting costs of providing services and exercising rights and powers be approved?

Measure P. Bond -- Sonoma Valley Health Care District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 14,858 / 80.8% Yes votes ...... 3,531 / 19.2% No votes
To preserve essential emergency services by upgrading existing outdated buildings and equipment, meet state-mandated earthquake safety standards, upgrade energy, electrical, surgical and information technology systems, rebuild the hospital's central utility plant, and refinance debt incurred to retrofit the west wing of the main hospital building, shall the Sonoma Valley Health Care District issue $35 million in bonds, none of which will pay staff salaries, with expenditures to be monitored by an independent citizens' oversight committee?

Measure Q. Smart Quarter Cent Sales Tax -- Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit District (2/3 Approval Required)
Pass: 246,047 / 69.6% Yes votes ...... 107,681 / 30.4% No votes
   83805 (62.79%) Yes / 49665 (37.21%) No in Marin County
   162,242 (73.7%) Yes / 58,016 (26.3%) No in Sonoma County
To relieve traffic, fight global warming and increase transportation options, shall Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District be authorized to provide two-way passenger train service every 30 minutes during weekday rush hours, weekend service, a bicycle/pedestrian pathway linking the stations, and connections to ferry/bus service, by levying a 1/4-cent sales tax for 20 years, with an annual spending cap, independent audits/oversight, and all funds supporting these environmentally responsible transportation alternatives in Marin and Sonoma Counties?

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