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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
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Update Business License Tax

Local
November 8, 2016California General Election

City of Marina
Measure U - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

5,885 votes yes (82.91%)

1,213 votes no (17.09%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (8/8).
  • 7,098 ballots counted.

To provide general city services such as: street and facility maintenance and fire, police, youth and senior services; shall the City of Marina update its 38 year old business license tax rates to 0.2% of gross receipts, so small businesses pay lower amounts than larger businesses; generating approximately $900,000 annually; continuing until ended by voters or reduced by City Council; and all funds controlled locally?

Background

 

Information About Measure U

People live in Marina because it is a desirable place to work, live and raise families. To maintain fiscal stability and our quality of life, the City Council has unanimously placed Measure U on the November ballot to update the nearly 40-year-old Business License Tax Ordinance. If enacted, Measure U would update the

business license rate to 0.2% of gross receipts and generate approximately $900,000 annually, Measure U funding can help maintain essential city services, such as:

  •   Pothole and street repair

  •   Maintaining police patrols

  •   Providing youth and senior services

  •   Improving 911, fire and emergency response times

  •   Maintaining fiscal stability

    If enacted, Measure U ensures smaller business pay lower amounts than larger corporations. Measure U is not a property tax.

    Please see our Frequently Asked Questions to learn more about maintaining our essential services, quality of life, and fiscal stability.

    Getting More Information

    To request a presentation for your community group or civic organization, please contact the City Clerk’s office at (831) 884-1281. 

— http://www.ci.marina.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/6737

Impartial analysis / Proposal

 

see source document at http://www.ci.marina.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/6733
— http://www.ci.marina.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/6733

Arguments FOR

see http://www.ci.marina.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/6734

Arguments AGAINST

none filed

Replies to Arguments FOR

none filed

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

none filed

Proposed legislation

AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF MARINA AMENDING CHAPTER 5.20 OF THE MUNICIPAL CODE, RELATING TO THE RATES OF THE BUSINESS LICENCE TAX

THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF MARINA DO HEREBY ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

Section 1. Chapter 5.20 -Amended. Chapter 5.20 of the City of Marina Municipal Code is hereby amended to read as follows:

Chapter 5.20 RATES

Sections:
5.20.010 Tax Rate For All Businesses

5.20.010 Tax Rate For All Businesses.

The tax rate shall be 0.2% of gross receipts for any person engaging in any business. The minimum annual tax for this category shall be $100.

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Section 2. Amendment. Any provision added to the Municipal Code by this Ordinance may be repealed or amended by the city council without a vote of the people. However, as required by Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, voter approval is required in order to further increase the rate of any tax with respect to any taxpayer.

Section 3. Use of Proceeds. Proceeds of the tax imposed by this chapter shall be deposited in the general fund of the City and be available for any municipal purpose.

Section 4. Intent. It is the intent of the People that, except to the extent exempted by applicable ordinance, law or constitutional provision, the business license tax apply to all persons who engage in any business of any kind in the City. This includes, but is not limited to, the business of renting, leasing, subleasing, licensing or having available for rent, lease, sublease or license, (i) any single family home, dwelling unit, room, or other accommodation or (ii) any space for commercial, institutional or industrial use.

Section 5. Severability. If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is held invalid, the remainder of this ordinance, including the application of such part or provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby and shall continue in full force and effect. To this end, provisions of this ordinance are severable. The People of the City of Marina hereby declare that they would have passed each section, subsection, subdivision, paragraph, sentence, clause, or phrase hereof irrespective of the fact that any one or more sections, subsections, subdivisions, paragraphs, sentences, clauses, or phrases be held unconstitutional, invalid or unenforceable.

Section 6. Effective Date. This ordinance shall be effective July 1, 2017. 10

EXHIBIT A

 

Section 6. Publication. Within fifteen days after the passage of this ordinance the City Clerk shall cause this ordinance or a summary thereof to be published or to be posted in at least three places in the City of Marina in accordance with the requirements of Government Code section 36933.

The foregoing ordinance was adopted by the People of the City of Marina at an election held on November 8, 2016. 

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