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Sonoma County, CA November 2, 2010 Election
Measure S
Office of City Treasurer Be Appointive
City of Cloverdale

Majority Approval Required

Fail: 1,254 / 45.8% Yes votes ...... 1,484 / 54.2% No votes

See Also: Index of all Measures

Results as of Jan 6 3:01pm, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (3/3)
Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments |

Shall the office of Cloverdale City Treasurer be appointive?

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
The office of city treasurer is one of the offices required for California general law cities. City treasurers may perform various financial functions including receiving and safely keeping city monies; paying on warrants; submitting monthly reports to the city clerk and city council; collecting city taxes and license fees as prescribed by ordinance; and depositing and investing city money as authorized by law and the city council. However, in Cloverdale such functions are performed by City staff.

City treasurers may either be appointed or elected. By state law, elected city treasurers must reside and be registered to vote in the city where they hold office. Appointed city treasurers are not subject to state law residency requirements. No minimum training or experience qualifications apply to elected city treasurers. California Elections Code section 36508 permits a city council to submit to the electors the question of whether an elective office, other than that of city council member, shall be made appointive. The office of City Treasurer for the City of Cloverdale is currently an elected office. The current City Treasurer's term of office expires in November, 2010.

By Resolution no. 041-2010 adopted July 14, 2010, the Cloverdale City Council directed that a measure be submitted to Cloverdale voters pursuant to Elections Code section 36508 concerning whether the office of Cloverdale City Treasurer shall be made appointive.

A "yes" vote on Measure S would approve of making the office of Cloverdale City Treasurer appointive. If a majority of Cloverdale voters approve Measure S, the City Treasurer will become an appointive position, holding office at the pleasure of the City Council and be subject to City terms of employment and personnel policies and procedures. The Office of City Treasurer would become appointive in November, 2014, after the term of the Treasurer elected in November, 2010 expires.

A "no" vote on Measure S would disapprove of making the office of Cloverdale City Treasurer appointive. If a majority of Cloverdale voters reject Measure S, the office of the Cloverdale City Treasurer will continue to be an elective office subject to state law terms of office and other requirements.

s/ Eric W. Danly Cloverdale City Attorney

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Arguments For Measure S Arguments Against Measure S
The elected City Treasurer was created in the California Government Code so that small communities would have someone who could collect money and write checks. Over the years, Cloverdale has hired professional finance staff who make sure our bills are paid, monitor our investments, and complete required financial reports in compliance with laws and best practices.

The only requirements to be an elected City Treasurer are to be at least 18 years old, a City resident, and a registered voter. The only performance evaluation an elected City Treasurer receives is at the ballot box every four years. However, when we are talking about the City's finances, we need people who are educated in accounting, budgeting, and financial management, and there needs to be oversight of their performance on a day-to-day basis.

The City has internal controls and checks and balances in place to assure accuracy and efficiency, and to protect the public's funds. City funds are audited every year by independent auditing firms.

Transparency and public accountability are important. The City Council is closely involved in overseeing the City's finances. The Council Finance Subcommittee meets on a regular basis to review and make recommendations on financial matters. The City's finances are regularly discussed during City Council meetings and periodic special workshops. All of these meetings are open to the public. In addition, the City has financial information on its website.

With all of these systems and practices in place, Cloverdale has outgrown the need for an elected City Treasurer.

s/ Carol Russell, Mayor
s/ Jessalee Raymond, Vice Mayor

For more years than anyone can remember the voters have elected the Cloverdale City Treasurer to oversee their tax dollars. The City Council thinks they should take that responsibility away and appoint the Treasurer.Why? They argue that Cloverdale is the only city in the Sonoma County to elect a treasurer. In other words everybody else is doing it.

This is a flawed idea. It is more important than ever that the voters have a Treasurer who does not answer to the City Manager or the City Council. You need a representative who can bring issues to attention of the taxpayers without worrying about job security or political backlash. Recent events in Southern California have shown how essential it is to have an independently elected Treasurer who answers to the electorate and not City Hall.

Are the employees at Cloverdale City Hall hardworking and honest? Absolutely! Does this mean that there should be no oversight from an elected City Treasurer? No! It is always a bad suggestion to be asked to give up your vote and voice in governance.

Please vote No on Measure S.

s/ Robert P. Dailey Cloverdale City Treasurer Sonoma

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