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Extension of Transactions and Use Tax
City of Ukiah
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 2660 / 76.00% Yes votes ...... 840 / 24.00% No votes
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|Results as of Nov 4 10:10pm, 0.0% of Precincts Reporting (0/35)|
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Shall the one-half of one percent (0.5%) transaction and use tax used to fund essential public services, including police, fire prevention and protection, and emergency medical services, set to expire on September 25, 2015, be extended by Ordinance No. 1149 until repealed by majority vote in a municipal election?
This ½ cent sales tax has been in effect for almost nine years. Currently, it is added to the existing 7.625% sales tax in Mendocino County, making the total sales tax on goods sold in Ukiah 8.125%. On a purchase of $100 in the City of Ukiah, the ½ cent sales tax increases the sales tax by fifty cents ($.50). The combined sales tax rate in Ukiah compares to an 8.125% sales tax rate in Willits and Point Arena, 8.625% sales tax rate in Fort Bragg and a rate of 8.25% in Sonoma County and every incorporated city in Sonoma County.
The City receives 1% of the 7.5% statewide Bradley Burns sales tax which goes into the City General Fund to pay for city provided service. All of the additional .5% sales tax enacted by Measure S goes to fund city provided services, including police, fire and emergency medical services. Measure P would extend this revenue beyond September 25, 2015. Under existing state law, these funds must be used exclusively for the municipal purposes of the City of Ukiah and may not be diverted by the state for any other use.
The tax will continue to be administered by the California State Board of Equalization ("SBOE") under a contract with the City.
s/David J. Rapport David J. Rapport, Ukiah City Attorney
|Arguments For Measure P||Arguments Against Measure P|
|Measure P will continue the existing ½-cent sales tax (fifty cents on a $100 purchase) used solely for Public Safety Services.
Why is this tax necessary?|
1. Maintain Police and Fire Services. If the ½-cent sales tax expires, significant cuts in police and fire services will be unavoidable.
2. Support Community Safety and Protection. Aggressive transients, gangs and violent drug crimes continue to impact our safety. These funds will continue to provide critical police services to protect our neighborhoods, businesses, and schools.
3. Secure Fire and Emergency Medical Services. The City of Ukiah and Ukiah Valley Fire District have established a two year contract for regional fire services. Measure P funding is critical to providing ongoing, unified fire and emergency medical services to our community. What will it cost? Measure P continues a tax used to fund public safety services. There is no increase. Who will pay? The tax is charged on non-grocery purchases within Ukiah, many of which are made by non-residents who benefit from City services buy pay no property taxes. Will this measure impact business? A safe and secure community is good for business. If Measure P passes, the sales tax rate in Ukiah will remain the same as it is today, which is lower than the sales tax in Santa Rosa and Fort Bragg and the same as Willits. Can the State take this money? No! This is a local tax, which, by law, the State cannot touch. What are Measure P's fiscal safeguards? The Ukiah City Council unanimously passed a resolution requiring independent citizen oversight every two years and separate accounting for Measure P revenues and expenditures. If the City does not support public safety services as promised, the community can vote to repeal the tax. VOTE YES ON MEASURE P FOR A SAFE UKIAH.
s/Phil Baldwin Phil Baldwin, Mayor of Ukiah UKIAH CITY COUNCIL
s/Mary Anne Landis Mary Anne Landis, Vice Mayor of Ukiah UKIAH CITY COUNCIL
s/John Sheridan Malone John Sheridan Malone, Former Mayor of Ukiah
s/John McCowen John McCowen, Second District Supervisor
s/Francine D. Selim Francine D. Selim, Retired Educator
No argument against Measure P was received.
|Full Text of Measure P|
|The voters of the City of Ukiah hereby ordain as follows:
SECTION 1. FINDINGS. The voters of the City of Ukiah hereby find as follows:
The City Council and the people of the City of Ukiah hereby find:
1. At an election held on June 7, 2005, by a vote of 1442 for and 634 against, 69.46% of the voters of the City of Ukiah approved, as a general tax, a one-half cent (0.5%) Transaction and Use Tax, commonly called a "Sales Tax" and known as "Measure S."
SECTION 2. AMENDMENT OF SECTION 1799.5 OF THE UKIAH CITY CODE.
Section 1799.5, "Repeal of Tax," of the Ukiah City Code shall be amended to read as follows:
§1799.5 REPEAL OF TAX The tax imposed by this chapter shall be made permanent and remain in full force and effect, unless and until repealed by a majority vote at a general municipal election.
SECTION 3. ORDINANCE TO BE SUBMITTED TO THE VOTERS.
This ordinance shall be submitted to the voters at an election to be held on November 4, 2014. Upon approval by a majority of the voters of the City voting on this ordinance, the Transactions and Use Tax set forth in City of Ukiah Ordinance No. 1063 ("Measure S") shall be continued indefinitely, unless repealed by majority vote in a subsequent municipal election.
SECTION 4. SEVERABILITY.
If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, the remainder of the ordinance and the application of such provision to the other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby. The voters of the City of Ukiah hereby declare that they would have adopted each and every provision of this ordinance regardless of the invalidity of any other provision.
SECTION 5. CODIFICATION.
Upon adoption of this ordinance pursuant to the voter approval referenced herein, the City Clerk, in consultation with the City Attorney, is hereby authorized and directed to codify this ordinance in the Ukiah City Code.
SECTION 6. EFFECTIVE DATE.
If this ordinance is approved by a majority of the voters voting on the issue at the November 4, 2014 election, pursuant to Elections Code Section 9217, this ordinance shall become effective ten (10) days after the City Council declares the results of the election. The Operative Date of the Transactions and Use Tax set forth in City of Ukiah Ordinance No. 1063 shall not be affected by this ordinance.
Approved on June 24, 2014 by the following roll call vote of the Ukiah City Council:
AYES: Councilmembers Scalmanini, Crane, Thomas, Landis and Mayor Baldwin NOES: None ABSENT: None ABSTAIN: None
s/Philip E. Baldwin Philip E. Baldwin, Mayor
s/Kristine Lawler Kristine Lawler, City Clerk