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Municipal Services Tax Renewal
Town of Fairfax
2/3 Approval Required
Pass: 1796 / 73.49% Yes votes ...... 648 / 26.51% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Dec 29 12:07pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (5/5)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
Shall an ordinance be adopted approving the renewal of a special Fairfax municipal services tax of $125 per year for each business occupancy and dwelling unit, for a period of five years to:
A "YES" vote would be a vote to extend the tax, subject to the conditions and restrictions stated above.
A "NO" vote would be a vote to not extend the tax.
s/JIM R. KARPIAK
|Arguments For Measure I|
Measure I is not a new tax, it simply continues the sound
fiscal policy begun when Fairfax overwhelmingly passed
Measure F five years ago. Every dollar raised by Measure
I will stay in Fairfax for public safety, public works and
Since the passage of Measure F, Fairfax repaid the voters' trust:
Despite these efforts, Fairfax faces dire economic conditions
Fairfax has a history of running lean budgets. It employs the fewest public employees per capita of any small town in Marin. At the same time, it has 24/7 local public safety services, second to none in cost and effectiveness. Public works projects have improved local roads along with pedestrian and bicycle safety.
Five other Marin towns have a similar municipal services tax and our town cannot afford to lose the $465,000 this measure generates annually. Unless Measure I passes, Fairfax faces drastic reductions of core public safety and public works services.
Measure I will maintain the tax at $125 per year and continue guaranteed citizen oversight. This combination of thrift and open government deserves to be preserved. Fairfax voters can "stand by their town" by supporting a measure that protects its financial solvency and the quality of public services without additional taxes.
Vote Yes on I
s/BARBARA L. PETTY
FAIRFAX TOWN COUNCIL
(No arguments against Measure I were submitted)
|Full Text of Measure I|
|SECTION 1. AMENDMENTS TO CODE.
3.20.080, "Special Municipal Services Tax Imposed - Rate," and 3.20.090, "Deposit and Use of Funds from Special Municipal Services Tax" are hereby deleted in their entirety and replaced by the following new Sections
3.20.080 and 3.20.090 of the Fairfax Town Code as follows:
3.20.080 Special Services Tax Imposed-Rate.
A. A special municipal services tax is levied and imposed upon improved residential property at a maximum rate of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125) per dwelling unit for five (5) years. As used herein the term "dwelling unit" means any building or portion thereof used and/or designed as a separate dwelling accommodation, with cooking, living and sleeping facilities.3.20.090. Deposit and Use of Funds from Special Municipal Services Tax
All proceeds of the special municipal services tax levied and imposed under Section 3.20.080 of this chapter shall be paid into the general fund to be used exclusively to maintain 24-hour, 7 days per week staffing of Police and Fire Services, perform Public Works safety improvements, meet matching fund requirements needed to receive state and federal public works grants, and revitalize youth programs. A citizens oversight committee shall be established by the Town Council to monitor use of the Special Tax revenues in accordance with this section.
SECTION 2. REMAINING SECTIONS OF CHAPTER
SECTION 3. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Ordinance relates to the levying and collecting of the Town's special municipal services tax and shall be in full force and effect ten (10) days after the certification by the Town Council of the election returns indicating passage of the Ordinance by two-thirds of the voters casting votes in the election.
SECTION 4. SEVERABILITY. If any section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion of this Ordinance is, for any reason, held to be invalid or unconstitutional by the decision of any court of competent jurisdiction, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remaining portions of this Ordinance. The People of the Town of Fairfax hereby declare that they would have adopted this Ordinance, and each section, subsection, subdivision, sentence, clause, phrase, or portion thereof, irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, subdivisions, sentences, clauses, phrases, or portions thereof be declared invalid or unconstitutional.
SECTION 5. PUBLIC NOTICE. Copies of the foregoing
ordinance shall, within fifteen (15) days after its
final passage and adoption, be posted in three public
places in the Town of Fairfax, to wit: