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89555 / 71.22% Yes votes ...... 36187 / 28.78% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of Nov 24 10:10am, 100.0% of Precincts Reporting (209/209)|
|Information shown below: Impartial Analysis | Arguments | Full Text|
To reduce local traffic congestion by implementing a 20-year Transportation Plan that:
Measure A states that the Transportation Plan would maintain and improve bus services, including special services for seniors and disabled persons; fully fund and complete Highway 101 carpool lanes through San Rafael; maintain and improve roads, bikeways, sidewalks, and pathways; and reduce school related congestion and provide safe access to school. As a special tax, the proceeds of the tax may be used only for the purposes set forth in the measure.
If approved a two-thirds majority of the voters, Measure A would authorize the Transportation Authority to levy a 1/2-cent sales tax to implement the Transportation Plan, with annual audits on expenditures, and would create an independent Citizens' Oversight Committee.
Dated: August 14, 2004
|Arguments For Measure A||Arguments Against Measure A|
|Measure A is a responsible, carefully designed plan to relieve traffic congestion, create safer streets, and improve transportation in Marin County.
Measure A fully funds and accelerates completion (7 years earlier) of carpool lanes on Highway 101 in San Rafael. This will improve commute traffic, increase bus ridership and carpooling, and reduce air and noise pollution.
Measure A provides local control over Marin County bus service, offering the best opportunity to maintain existing service, add routes and greater frequency, and enhance services for seniors, disabled persons, and youth.
Measure A enables Marin County Transit District to utilize smaller, clean fuel buses in a cost-effective system designed to meet Marin's needs, including commuter service, and emphasizing service within the county.
Measure A funds local roadway maintenance and improvements. Because of state cutbacks, limited road maintenance has resulted in significant deterioration. Measure A will help every Marin community regain control over their roadway maintenance to improve safety.
Measure A provides funds for improving bike lanes, sidewalks and pathways for children walking and biking to school.
Measure A reduces school-related congestion, which causes 21% of the morning commute traffic in Marin County. Programs like Safe Routes to Schools, yellow school bus service, student discount bus service, and crossing guards will be funded.
Measure A increases Marin County's ability to receive matching state and federal funds for transportation improvements, making our local dollars go further.
Police, firefighters and paramedics support Measure A because traffic relief means faster response times and safer passage in emergencies.
Measure A doesn't fund rail service or widening the Marin-Sonoma Narrows.
Audits will be conducted annually. An independent Citizens' Oversight Committee will monitor expenditures to ensure funds are spent as voters approved.
Please join the Marin Conservation League, League of Women Voters, Commission on Aging, North Bay Council and many others _ vote YES on A.
s/ Cynthia Murray Marin County Supervisor
s/ William J. McCubbin President /CEO
s/ Robert E. Marcucci San Rafael Fire Chief, Retired
s/ Marjorie W. Macris Sierra Club Marin Group, Executive Committee
s/ Mary Jane Burke Marin County Superintendent of Schools
Highway 101 is our BIGGEST traffic headache, yet only 7-1/2 cents of each tax dollar collected over 20 years goes to fix it.
Over 90% of the tax collected is aimed at "feel good" projects negotiated with city and town councils to obtain their support for the tax.
Measure A also provides the opportunity for another civic budgetary "shell game" where we end up paying twice for projects like street paving in areas that already have paving budgets.
We've already paid for paving with our property taxes and now we're asked to pay again through sales tax.
The oversight committee established in Measure A will investigate only where money is spent, they will not be able to "unspend" it or be involved in approving projects in advance.
Santa Barbara voted a half-cent sales tax over 10 years ago to fix 101; it's still "broken". Over $200 million collected there was spent on 13 other projects instead of fixing 101. (http://www.Fix101.org).
County property tax revenue increases are approaching $100 million from high priced home sales since 2000. Where has all the money gone?
State and federal money is available to fix 101. Our County supervisors pursued a $16,000 pay raise for themselves. Now they need to vigorously pursue funding to fix 101 for the rest of us.
We can do a lot better than Measure A.
Please vote No on A.
s/ Michael C. Cunningham, Vice President
Marin Taxpayers Association
s/ David J. Zappetini
Former San Rafael City Council Member
s/ Paul C. Chignell, Mayor
Town of San Anselmo
s/ Dennis A. Brown
|The half-cent sales tax increase is a bad idea for several reasons. First
and foremost, it's a regressive tax that hurts the most, those who can afford it the least. The poorest among us will pay the biggest percentageof their incomes for this tax increase.
Second, we already pay among the highest state income tax, property tax, gasoline tax, and sales tax in the nation. Where is all that money going? How do Florida, Texas, Arizona, Washington State, etc. get by without a state income tax? Where is Marin's property tax windfall from skyrocketing home prices and sales going? Apparently more to generous public employee retirement benefits than to county transportation infrastructure.
Third, Highway 101 is Marin's BIGGEST traffic problem yet gets the least attention under Measure A. It's an antiquated design not configured to provide efficient traffic flows based on current demand. It provides probably 80% of the county's transportation solution, it generates 80% of the traffic pain, yet will get less than 8% of the money raised by Measure A. Matching state and federal funds are NOT guaranteed if measure A passes. We already pay 36 cents per gallon gasoline tax; where is all that money going? Certainly not to solve the risk to public safety posedby the lack of an efficient highway in Marin. Imagine the gridlock that willoccur if we experience a disaster!
With influential legislators like John Burton, Barbara Boxer, and Diane Feinstein, why is Marin's transportation infrastructure not getting from the state and federal governments the priority it deserves? Why is the politicians' answer for everything, "go tax yourself!"? We can do better than Measure A. Our officials need to demand state and federal funding, and better allocate existing tax revenues.
Please vote No on A.
s/ M.C. Cunningham
V.P. Marin United Taxpayers
s/ David J. Zappetini
Former San Rafael City Councilmember
s/ Robert E. O'Brien
s/ Dennis A. Brown
We must pass Measure A, if we want:
Please VOTE YES.
s/ Elissa Giambastiani President & CEO San Rafael Chamber of Commerce
s/ Wendi Kallins
s/ Jana Haehl
President, Marin Conservation League
s/ Robert T. Doyle
Marin County Sheriff
s/ Steve Kinsey Chair, Transportation Authority of Marin
|Full Text of Measure A|
|AN ORDINANCE OF THE TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY OF MARIN ADOPTING THE MARIN COUNTY TRANSPORTATION SALES TAX EXPENDITURE PLAN, IMPOSING A ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT RETAIL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX, AUTHORIZING THE ISSUANCE OF LIMITED TAX BONDS TO FINANCE TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENTS OF THE PLAN, AND SETTING AN ANNUAL APPROPRIATIONS LIMIT OF $50 MILLION |
SECTION 1. FINDINGS
Whereas the Transportation Authority of Marin ("TAM") does hereby find and declare the following:
I. On March 2, 2004, the Marin County Board of Supervisors ("Board of Supervisors") created TAM by Resolution No. 2004-21, pursuant to Section 180050 of the California Public Utilities Code ("PUC"). As required by California PUC Section 180051(a) and California Government Code Section 65089(a), a majority of City and Town Councils of Marin County, representing a majority of the incorporated population of Marin, have concurred on the membership of TAM and designated TAM as the Congestion Management Agency for Marin County.
II. Pursuant to California PUC Section 180206(a), TAM approved a Final Transportation Sales Tax Expenditure Plan ("Expenditure Plan") on May 6, 2004 to present to the Board of Supervisors and Marin City and Town Councils for approval. As required by California PUC Section 180206(b), the Board of Supervisors and a majority of the City and Town Councils representing a majority of the incorporated population of Marin approved the Expenditure Plan. Therefore, TAM can now adopt the Expenditure Plan and adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance that requests the Board of Supervisors to place a one-half cent retail and transactions use tax measure to finance the Expenditure Plan on the November 2, 2004 ballot for consideration by the Marin electorate pursuant to California PUC Section 180201. Being a special tax, the ballot measure would require 2/3-voter approval in order to pass.
III. The Expenditure Plan has been shaped by more than four years of planning and outreach, including recent, extensive feedback from all City and Town Councils, the Board of Supervisors, and many stakeholder groups on the draft plan. The implementation of transportation programs and projects outlined the Expenditure Plan would benefit the citizens of Marin County.
IV. The Expenditure Plan outlines a program for spending a one-half of one percent sales tax increase, which can only be spent on transportation purposes in Marin County. The Expenditure Plan, with a single goal that is supported by four implementation strategies, is designed to protect the environment and quality of life enjoyed in Marin County and to provide a high degree of accountability, while maintaining the flexibility needed to respond to emerging transportation issues over a 20-year period.
V. Pursuant to the CEQA Guidelines Section 15378(b)(4), adoption of this retail transactions and use tax ordinance and Expenditure Plan does not qualify as a project subject to the requirements of CEQA.
SECTION 2. ADOPTION
Now, therefore, based on the findings in Section 1 above, TAM does hereby ordain the adoption of the Expenditure Plan attached to this ordinance and identified as "Exhibit A."
Now, therefore, TAM does hereby further ordain adoption of a transactions and use tax ordinance as follows:
SECTION 3. TITLE
This ordinance shall be known as the "TAM Transactions and Use Tax Ordinance."
SECTION 4. PERIOD OF TAX
This ordinance is intended to impose and collect in Marin County a one-half of one percent transactions and use tax for transportation purposes. The tax authorized by this ordinance shall be imposed for a twenty-year period, beginning April 1, 2005 or as soon thereafter, as the tax may be lawfully imposed.
SECTION 5. PURPOSE
The Board of Supervisors, the cities of Belvedere, Larkspur, Mill Valley, Novato, San Rafael, and Sausalito, and the towns of Corte Madera, Fairfax, Ross, San Anselmo, and Tiburon, representing all of the cities and towns in Marin County and all of the incorporated population have approved the Expenditure Plan as required by Public Utilities Code Section 180206(b). Pursuant to Public Utilities Code Section 180201, TAM requests the Board of Supervisors to call for a special election to be held on November 2, 2004 and submit a measure to the voters of Marin County for their approval which would, if so approved, authorize TAM to impose a one-half of one percent transactions and use tax for a period of twenty years and authorize TAM to issue limited tax bonds to finance the transportation improvements set forth in the 20-Year Expenditure Plan.
The purposes of this ordinance are as follows:
A. To impose a retail transactions and use tax in accordance with the provisions of Part 1.6 (commencing with Revenue and Taxation Code Section 7251) of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code and Division 19 of the Public Utilities Code, which directs the Board of Supervisors to adopt the tax ordinance for voter approval, exercising the taxing power granted to TAM created by the Board of Supervisors by Resolution 2004-21 pursuant to Public Utilities Code Division 19.
B. To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance which incorporates provisions identical to those of the Sales and Use Tax Law of the State of California insofar as those provisions are not inconsistent with the requirements and limitations contained in Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code.
C. To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance which imposes a tax and provides a measure therefore that can be administered and collected by the State Board of Equalization in a manner that adapts itself as fully as practicable to, and requires the least possible deviation from, the existing statutory and administrative procedures followed by the State Board of Equalization in administering and collecting the California State Retail Transactions and Use Tax.
D. To adopt a retail transactions and use tax ordinance which can be administered in a manner that will, to the degree possible consistent with the provisions of Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, minimize the cost of collecting the transactions and use taxes and at the same time minimize the burden of record keeping upon persons subject to taxation under the provisions of this ordinance.
E. To improve, construct, maintain, and operate certain transportation projects and programs contained in the Expenditure Plan, which is incorporated herein by this reference and attached as "Exhibit A" to this ordinance, and as may be amended pursuant to applicable requirements.
F. To set a maximum term of twenty years during which time this tax shall be imposed pursuant to the authority granted by Division 19 of the Public Utilities Code.
SECTION 6. CONTRACT WITH STATE
Prior to the operative date, TAM shall contract with the State Board of Equalization to perform functions incident to the administration and operation of this transactions and use tax; provided that, if TAM shall not have contracted with the State Board of Equalization prior to the operative date, it shall nevertheless so contract and in such a case the operative date shall be the first day of the first calendar quarter following the execution of such a contract.
SECTION 7. TRANSACTIONS TAX RATE OF ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT
For the privilege of selling tangible personal property at retail, a tax is hereby imposed upon all retailers in this County at the rate of one-half of one percent of the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of all tangible personal property sold at retail in this County on and after the operative date. This tax shall be imposed for the maximum period of twenty years described in Section 4 herein.
SECTION 8. PLACE OF SALE
For the purposes of this ordinance, all retail sales are consummated at the place of business of the retailer, unless the tangible personal property sold is delivered by the retailer to an out-of-state destination or to a common carrier for delivery to an out-of-state destination. The gross receipts from such sales shall include delivery charges, when such charges are subject to the state sales and use tax, regardless of the place to which delivery is made. In the event a retailer has no permanent place of business in the state or has more than one place of business, the place or places at which the retail sales are consummated shall be determined under rules and regulations to be prescribed and adopted by the State Board of Equalization.
SECTION 9. USE TAX RATE OF ONE-HALF OF ONE PERCENT
An excise tax is hereby imposed on the storage, use, or other consumption in this County of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer on and after the operative tax date for storage, use, or other consumption in this County at the rate of one-half of one percent of the sales price of the property. The sales price shall include delivery charges when such charges are subject to state sales or use tax regardless of the place to which delivery is made. This tax shall be imposed for the maximum period of twenty years described in Section 4 herein.
SECTION 10. ADOPTION OF PROVISIONS OF STATE LAW
Except as otherwise provided in this ordinance and except insofar as they are inconsistent with the provisions of Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, all of the provisions of Part I of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code are hereby adopted and made a part of this ordinance as though fully set forth herein.
SECTION 11. LIMITATIONS ON ADOPTION OF STATE LAW AND COLLECTION OF USE TAXES
In adopting the provisions of Part I of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, wherever the State of California is named or referred to as the taxing agency, the name of TAM shall be substituted therefore. The substitution, however, shall not be made when the word State is used as part of the title of the State Controller, State Treasurer, State Board of Control, State Board of Equalization, State Treasury, or the Constitution of the State of California if the substitution would require action to be taken by or against the Authority or any agency, officer, or employee thereof rather than by or against the State Board of Equalization, in performing the functions incident to the administration or operation of this ordinance. The substitution shall not be made in those sections, including, but not necessarily limited to, sections referring to the exterior borders of the State of California, where the result of the substitution would be to provide an exemption from this tax with respect to certain sales, storage, use or other consumption of tangible personal property which would not otherwise be exempt from this tax while such sales, storage, use, or other consumption remains subject to tax by the state under the said provisions of that code. The substitution shall not be made in Sections 6701, 6702, (except in the last sentence thereof), 6711, 6715, 6737, 6797, or 6828 of the Revenue and Taxation Code. The name of the County shall be substituted for the word "state" in the phrase "retailer engaged in business in this state" in Section 6203 and in the definition of that phrase in Section 6203. A retailer engaged in business in the County shall not be required to collect use tax from the purchaser of tangible personal property unless the retailer ships or delivers the property into the County or participates within the County in making the sale of the property, including, but not limited to soliciting or receiving the order, either directly or indirectly, at a place of business of the retailer in the County or through any representative, agent, canvasser, solicitor, subsidiary, or person in the County under authority of the retailer. "A retailer engaged in business in the County" shall also include any retailer of any of the following: vehicles subject to registration pursuant to Chapter I (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 3 of the Vehicle Code, aircraft licensed in compliance with Section 21411 of the Public Utilities Code, or undocumented vessels registered under Chapter 2 of Division 3.5 (commencing with Section 9840) of the Vehicle Code. That retailer shall be required to collect use tax from any purchaser who registers or licenses the vehicle, vessel, or aircraft at an address in the County.
SECTION 12. PERMIT NOT REQUIRED
If a seller's permit has been issued to a retailer under Section 6067 of the Revenue and Taxation Code, an additional transactor's permit shall not be required by this ordinance.
SECTION 13. EXEMPTIONS, EXCLUSIONS, AND CREDITS
A. There shall be excluded from the measure of the transactions tax and the use tax the amount of any sales tax or use tax imposed by the State of California or the amount of any state-administered transactions or use tax.
B. There are exempted from the computation of the amount of transactions tax gross receipts from:
1. Sales of tangible personal property, other than fuel or petroleum products, to operators of aircraft to be used or consumed principally outside Marin County and directly and exclusively in the use of such aircraft as common carriers of persons or property under the authority of the laws of this state, the United States, or any foreign government.
2. Sales of property to be used outside the County, which is shipped to a point outside the County, pursuant to the contract of sale, by delivery to such point by the retailer to a carrier for shipment to a consignee at such point. For the purposes of this paragraph, delivery to a point outside the County shall be satisfied:
a. With respect to vehicles (other than commercial vehicles) subject to registration pursuant to Chapter I (commencing with Section 4000) of Division 3 of the Vehicle Code, aircraft licensed in compliance with Section 21411 of the Public Utilities Code, and undocumented vessels registered under Chapter 2 of Division 3.5 (commencing with 9840 of the Vehicle Code, by registration to an out-of-County address and by a declaration under penalty of perjury, signed by the buyer, stating that such address is, in fact, his principal place of residence.
b. With respect to commercial vehicles by registration to a place of business out-of-county, and a declaration under penalty of perjury, signed by the buyer, that the vehicle will be operated from that address.
3. The sale of tangible personal property if the seller is obligated to furnish the property for a fixed price pursuant to a contract entered into prior to the operative date of this ordinance.
4. A lease of tangible personal property which is a continuing sale of such property for any period of time for which the lessor is obligated to lease the property for an amount fixed by the lease prior to the operative date of this ordinance.
5. For the purposes of subsections B.3 and B.4 above, the sale or lease of tangible personal property shall be deemed not to be obligated pursuant to a contract or lease for any period of time for which any party to the contract or lease has the unconditional right to terminate the contract upon notice, whether or not such right is exercised.
C. There is exempted from the use tax imposed by this ordinance the storage, use, or other consumption in this County of tangible personal property:
1. Other than fuel or petroleum products, purchased by operators of aircraft and used or consumed by such operators directly and exclusively in the use of such aircraft as common carriers of persons or property for hire of compensation under a certificate of public convenience and necessity issued pursuant to the laws of this state, the United States, or any foreign government. This exemption is in addition to the exemptions provided in Sections 6366 and 6366.1 of the Revenue and Taxation Code of the State of California.
2. If the purchaser is obligated to purchase the property for a fixed price pursuant to a contract entered into prior to the operative date of this ordinance.
3. If the possession of, or the exercise of any right or power over, tangible personal property under a lease, which is a continuing purchase of such property for any period of time for which the lessee is obligated to lease the property for an amount fixed prior to the operative date of this ordinance.
4. For the purposes of subsection C.3 above, storage, use, or other consumption, or possession, or exercise of any right or power over, tangible personal property shall be deemed not to be obligated pursuant to a contract or lease for any period of time during which any party to the contract or lease has the unconditional right to terminate the contract or lease upon notice, whether or not such right is exercised.
D. Any person subject to use tax under this ordinance may credit against that tax any transactions tax or reimbursement for transactions tax paid to a district or retailer imposing a transactions tax pursuant to Part 1.6 of Division 2 of the Revenue and Taxation Code with respect to the sale to the person of the property the storage, use or other consumption of which is subject to the use tax.
SECTION 14. PROPOSITION
There shall be proposed to the voters of Marin County the following proposition:
To reduce local traffic congestion by implementing a 20-year Transportation Plan that:
PASSED AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Transportation Authority of Marin, on the 24th day of June, 2004 by the following vote to-wit:
AYES: Commissioners: Susan Adams, Amy Belser, Peter Breen, Hal Brown, Jerry Butler, Pat Eklund, Alice Fredericks, Barbara Heller, Steve Kinsey, Joan Lundstrom, Cynthia Murray, Annette Rose, Dick Swanson
NOES: Commissioners: None
ABSENT: Commissioners: Tom Byrnes, Melissa Gill, Lew Tremaine