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San Diego County, CA November 6, 2012 Election
Proposition U
Transient Occupancy Taxes
City of Santee

Majority Approval Required

Pass: 12,876 / 56.8% Yes votes ...... 9,776 / 43.2% No votes

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Information shown below: Yes/No Meaning | Impartial Analysis |

Shall the ordinance increasing the City's current transient occupancy tax from 6% to 10%, as applied to hotels, motels, online travel companies and campsites for stays of up to thirty days, be adopted to protect funding for general City services such as park maintenance, road repair and law enforcement?

Meaning of Voting Yes/No
A YES vote on this measure means:
A "yes" vote on Measure U would adopt the Ordinance described above.

A NO vote on this measure means:
A "no" vote on Measure U would mean that the Ordinance described above is not adopted.

Impartial Analysis from City Attorney
The City of Santee currently imposes a 6% general tax on rent charged by the operator of any hotel or similar lodging in the City of Santee for guests staying fewer than thirty days. This tax is called the Transient Occupancy Tax ("TOT") and is collected by hotel operators at the time rent is paid by the guests. The City's TOT was established in 1981 and the amount of the TOT has not changed since its establishment. All funds collected from the TOT are deposited into the City's General Fund.

Measure U proposes the adoption of an Ordinance of the City of Santee which would (1) increase the TOT from 6% to 10%; (2) amend certain definitions to clarify that the TOT applies to campsites, online travel companies, and may apply to the first thirty days of an occupancy longer than thirty days; and (3) require a person who seeks to challenge the assessment or collection of the TOT to first pay the TOT and follow certain administrative procedures before filing a lawsuit.

The proposed TOT is a general tax and may be used for any general governmental purpose of the City, such as law enforcement and fire protection; crime, gang, and drug prevention; street maintenance; graffiti removal; and maintenance of parks and sports fields. In order for the City to adopt the Ordinance amending its Municipal Code and authorizing the increase in the rate of the TOT described above, Measure "U" must be approved by a majority vote of the votes cast on the measure.

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