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Election 2013: Guide to Marin County Ballot Measures A to J

| November 5, 2013
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Marin County residents are voting on various sales tax increases and bonds. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Marin County residents are voting on various sales tax increases and bonds. (Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)

Marin residents will vote today on a number of tax measures, and also choose representatives to serve on the councils of six different cities and towns.

Four Marin municipalities have measures on the ballot to boost local sales taxes. Measure F will be closely watched: It’s a $394 million general obligation bond to pay for a major rebuild of Marin General Hospital (under state law, Marin General has until 2030 to make seismic upgrades, and the hospital wants to expand and enhance its facilities).

MEASURE A – SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT BONDS, LAGUNITAS SCHOOL DISTRICT (55 percent approval required)

How the ballot reads: To modernize learning environments, classrooms and libraries; renovate outdated school facilities improve energy efficiency; enhance student access to technology; make health and safety renovations; upgrade playgrounds and playfields; and replace outdated windows and heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning systems, shall the Lagunitas School District issue $5,000,000 of bonds at legal interest rates, have an independent citizens’ oversight committee and have no bond money taken by the state or used for teacher or administrator salaries? 

In a nutshell: Are you in favor of this $5 million bond measure for upgrades, modernization and repairs for school district campuses?

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

 

MEASURE B – SALES TAX TO MAINTAIN ESSENTIAL GENERAL SERVICES — TOWN OF CORTE MADERA (majority approval required)

How the ballot reads: The Town of Corte Madera Essential General Services Measure. To maintain essential Town services including but not limited to: current levels of local fire prevention, flood control, streets and potholes, disaster preparedness, safe routes to schools, and senior and youth programs, shall the Town enact a half-cent sales tax for 6 years, requiring a citizen’s oversight committee review and annual examination to ensure funds are spent locally as promised for the benefit of Corte Madera residents? 

In a nutshell: Do you want to add a half-percent to sales tax for six years for local services, projects and programs, such as maintaining local fire protection, flood control and street repair programs and senior and youth activities?

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

 

MEASURE C — STREET REPAIR SALES TAX & ESSENTIAL CITY SERVICES MEASURE — CITY OF LARKSPUR (majority approval required)

How the ballot reads: Larkspur Street Repair/Essential City Services Measure. To repair aging and deteriorating neighborhood streets and roads; repair potholes; maintain police and fire protection;maintain 9-1-1 emergency/medical response; clear hazardous and flammable brush to prevent fires and improve emergency vehicle access;and maintain essential city services,shall the City of Larkspur enact a ½ cent sales tax for 5 years with annual performance reviews, independent annual audits, citizens oversight, and no money for Sacramento?

In a nutshell: Do you want to add a half-percent to sales tax for five years to pay for local services, projects and programs, such as fixing city streets and maintaining essential city services?

Arguments for: 

Arguments against: 

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

 

MEASURE D — SALES TAX FOR SAN ANSELMO STREET REPAIR, PUBLIC SAFETY & ESSENTIAL CITY SERVICES MEASURE — TOWN OF SAN ANSELMO (majority approval required)

How the ballot reads: To repair potholes, repave roads, reduce traffic congestion, maintain and improve sidewalks/drainage/street medians, preserve public safety, and improve other general Town services, facilities, and infrastructure, shall the Town of San Anselmo establish a one-half percent (.5%) sales tax for ten years, with annual independent audits, mandatory public expenditure reports, and an independent citizens’ oversight committee with all funds staying in San Anselmo under local control?

In a nutshell: Do you want to add a half-percent to sales tax for 10 years to pay for local projects, services and programs, such as fixing streets and maintaining town services?

Arguments for: 

Arguments against: 

 

MEASURE E — SAN RAFAEL STREET REPAIR/ESSENTIAL CITY SERVICES MEASURE — CITY OF SAN RAFAEL (majority approval required)

How the ballot reads: Shall the City of San Rafael extend the existing one-half percent local sales tax and increase the rate by one-quarter percent to provide funding that cannot be taken by the State, and can be used to preserve essential city services for a period of 20 years, including: maintaining rapid emergency police/fire response times, maintaining adequate numbers of on-duty firefighters/paramedics/police, ensuring earthquake safe police/fire stations, maintaining community centers and repairing city streets?

In a nutshell:  Do you want to extend and increase the local city sales tax, setting it at three-quarters of a percent for 20 years, to maintain city services and pay for seismic-safety repairs for emergency services buildings?

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

MEASURE F — MARIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT BOND — MARIN HEALTHCARE DISTRICT (2/3 Approval Required)

How the ballot reads: To make seismic upgrades to Marin General Hospital to meet stricter California earthquake standards and keep open Marin County’s only Designated Trauma Center; to expand and enhance emergency and other medical facilities; to provide the latest lifesaving medical facilities for treatment of heart, stroke, cancer and other diseases, and to reduce ER wait times, shall the Marin Healthcare District issue $394,000,000 in bonds to improve Marin General Hospital and related facilities with new construction, acquisitions, and renovations?

In a nutshell:  Are you in favor of a $394 million bond measure for seismic-safety upgrades for Marin General Hospital and to enhance and modernize emergency and medical facilities?

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

 

MEASURE G — Emergency Services Parcel Tax — Kentfield Fire District (2/3 approval required)

How the ballot reads: To maintain rapid emergency medical response services, protect our homes and businesses from fire, keep property insurance rates manageable, and continue the District’s long term fiscal well-being, shall the voters of Kentfield Fire District repeal the existing fire tax and replace it with a special tax of 10¢ per building square foot, retain the existing rate for vacant parcels, and increase the District’s appropriations limit, with all revenue staying in our local community?

In a nutshell:  Do you want to increase the annual fire tax for the Kentfield Fire Department to 10 cents for every square foot of building space?

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

 

MEASURE H — COMMUNITY SERVICES TAX — MARINWOOD COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT (majority approval required)

How the ballot reads: Shall the appropriations limit established for Marinwood Community Services District pursuant to Article XIII B of the California Constitution be increased over the appropriations limit established by said article for each of the four fiscal years 2013-2014 through 2016-2017 in the amount equal to the revenue received from the special tax for park maintenance services previously approved by the voters in March, 2005?

In a nutshell:  Do you want to extend the district’s special tax for parks maintenance through the 2016-17 fiscal year? The tax costs about $179 per household.

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

 

MEASURE I — MESA PARCEL TAX — CITY OF SAN RAFAEL (2/3 approval required)

How the ballot reads: Shall Resolution No. 11 of the Board of Commissioners of Mesa Park be confirmed, establishing a special tax of $49 per year per improved parcel, commencing with fiscal year 2014-2015 and continuing for a period of 4 years, for the maintenance and operation of Mesa Park located at 110 Mesa Road,and shall the appropriations limits be confirmed in the amount equal to the tax revenues received by this parcel tax?

In a nutshell:  Do you want to authorize a $49 parcel tax? Mesa Park residents approved a $45 dollar parcel tax in 2008, which expired this year.

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

None found. If you find one please let us know at ohubertallen@kqed.org.

 

MEASURE J — RECREATIONAL FACILITY MAINTENANCE & REPAIR BOND — STRAWBERRY RECREATION DISTRICT (2/3 approval required)

How the ballot reads: Shall the Strawberry Recreation District incur bonded indebtedness of not to exceed $7,000,000 to finance the acquisition, construction and completion of certain recreational improvements, including but not limited to main building improvements, new bathrooms, pool area renovations with a new pool house, new playground features and activity spaces, enhanced plaza and seating, hillside amphitheater, tennis courts, athletic field improvements and bleacher seating, for the benefit of the District, its residents and children?

In a nutshell:  Are you in favor of a $7 million bond measure to upgrade Strawberry Recreation District’s worn facilities, used by thousands annually?

Arguments for:

Arguments against:

 

 

 

 

 

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