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Town of Paradise
Measure V - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

8,349 votes yes (69.51%)

3,662 votes no (30.49%)

100% of precincts reporting (15/15).

12,510 ballots counted.

To preserve Town of Paradise police protection, fire suppression, road improvements, animal control and other services, with required review by the citizen oversight committee; shall the Town's existing temporary half percent transactions and use tax be extended for ten years to March 31, 2031 pursuant to Ordinance No. 569? (Projected tax revenues are $1.4 million per year.)

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Paradise Town Attorney Dwight L. Moore

Paradise voters approved the Town of Paradise's existing half percent (0.5%) transactions and use tax in November 2014. The 0.5% tax is paid when goods are purchased from stores and businesses doing retail transactions in the Town unless an exemption applies. The tax also applies to certain online purchases. The 0.5% tax expires on March 31, 2021.

The current tax generates approximately $1.4 million a year in revenues that are deposited into the Town's general fund. As general fund revenues, the tax revenues may be used to pay for various Town services, including, but not limited to, the funding of public services such as fire protection and emergency response services, police protection, animal control services, and street maintenance.

The 0.5% tax is paid together with the existing State of California retail transactions and use tax and is collected in the same manner. The 0.5% tax adds a half penny to a retail purchase of $1.

Measure V would extend the 0.5% tax for an additional ten years to March 31, 2031, in accordance with Town Council Ordinance No. 569. Based on the prior history of the 0.5% tax, the estimated amount from the tax extension would be approximately $1.4 million per year. Measure V requires approval by a majority of Paradise voters. A "Yes" vote is a vote in favor of temporarily extending the 0.5% tax for a period of ten years after March 31, 2021. Measure V was placed on the ballot by the Town of Paradise Town Council.

Under Measure V, the tax would expire automatically on March 31, 2031. Measure V would also continue the mandatory citizen oversight committee that reviews and makes recommendations relating to the use of Measure V revenues.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.

PLEASE VOTE YES on Measure V, a temporary half-percent sales tax to help maintain what we all want for Paradise: safe neighborhoods, reliable fire protection and emergency medical response, decent roads, economic prosperity, improved property values and a more vibrant future for our Town,

The Town of Paradise works hard to be fiscally responsible and maintain essential emergency services. Measure V is not a new tax, but is an extension of our current half-percent sales tax (Measure C.) If approved by Paradise voters, 100% of this local sales tax stays local to help maintain important town services such as:

  • Fire and emergency medical response 
  • Police protection for safer neighborhoods
  • Providing matching grant funding for our street and road projects
  • Animal control facility improvement and services

ALL Measure V funds will stay locally controlled IN Paradise — FOR Paradise. The State CANNOT take any of this funding away.

Measure V automatically ends in ten years after 2021. It includes strict accountability, independent citizen oversight, and mandatory financial reviews and quarterly reports to ensure the funds are spent as promised for community priorities.

Basic necessities like groceries and prescription medications are NOT taxed. A retail sales tax is considered to be more "fair" because visitors help pay a share of the cost for roads and emergency services on retail purchases.

Please join your friends and neighbors, firefighters, police officers, and community business leaders in taking this positive step to keep our Town safe, strong and moving forward.

s/ Jody Jones, Mayor

s/ Greg Bolin, Vice Mayor

— Butte County Clerk-Recorder

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

AN ORDINANCE OF THE TOWN COUNCIL OF THE TOWN OF PARADISE
EXTENDING, SUBJECT TO VOTER APPROVAL, THE TOWN'S
EXISTING GENERAL TRANSACTIONS AND USE TAX FOR AN
ADDITIONAL TEN YEARS TO MARCH 31, 2031, PURSUANT TO
REVENUE & TAXATION CODE SECTIONS 7251 ET SEQ.

The Town Council of the Town of Paradise, State of California, does ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:

          WHEREAS, on November 4, 2014, a majority of the Town's voters approved Ordinance No. 545 (Measure C), codified as Paradise Municipal Code Chapter 3.22, which authorized a one-half of one percent (0.50%) general transactions and use tax for six years; and

          WHEREAS, the funds generated by Ordinance No. 545 have been used by the Town Council to purchase new Police Vehicles and Fire Engines and other public safety equipment; to purchase equipment, additional open hours and training for Animal Control, and as funding for road improvement projects in the Town of Paradise; and

          WHEREAS, it is proposed.by the Town Council that the existing one half of one percent (0.50%) transactions and use tax be extended by Town voters beyond its current March 31, 2021 termination date to March 31, 2031.

SECTION 1. Paradise Municipal Code section 3.22.050 is hereby amended to read:

3.22.050 Transactions Rate Tax

For the privilege of selling tangible personal property at retail, a tax is hereby imposed upon all retailers in the incorporated territory of the Town of Paradise at the rate of one-half of one percent (0.50%) of the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of all tangible personal property sold at retail in said territory until March 31, 2031.

SECTION 2. Paradise Municipal Code section 3.22.070 is hereby amended to read as follows:

3.22.070 Use Tax Rate

An excise tax is hereby imposed on the storage, use or other consumption in the Town of tangible personal property purchased from any retailer until March 31,2031 for storage, use or other consumption in said territory at the rate of one-half of one percent (0.50%) of the sales price of such 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.

SECTION 3.  TERMINATION DATE. The tax levied by this ordinance shall continue at the rate of one-half of one percent ( 0.50%) until March 31, 2031. The authority to levy the tax imposed by this ordinance shall expire on March 31, 2031.

SECTION 4.      SEVERABILITY. If any provision of this ordinance or the application thereof to any person or circumstance is held invalid, the remainder of the ordinance and the application of such provision to other persons or circumstances shall not be affected thereby.

SECTION 5.        EFFECTIVE DATE. This ordinance relates to an extension of the Town's existing transactions and use tax and shall take effect and become operative only if approved by a majority of voters at the Regular Municipal Election to be held on November 6, 2018. If approved by the voters, the transactions and use tax codified under Chapter 3.22 of the Paradise Municipal Code will be extended to 11:59 p.m. on March 31, 2031. If the measure fails, this ordinance shall be rendered inoperative and void, however, the defeat of the ordinance shall not operate to extinguish or amend the existing transactions and use tax as presently constituted and approved or. November 4, 2014, which will expire on March 31, 2021.

SECTION 6.         CEOA. This ordinance and the contemplated levy of the transactions and use tax referenced herein is not a "project" within the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") codified as 21000 et seq. of the California Public Resources Code because it will not result in a direct or reasonably foreseeable indirect physical change in the environment nor does it involve any commitment to any specific project, which may result in a potentially significant physical impact on the environment.

PASSED AND ADOPTED by the Town Council of the Town of Paradise, County of Butte, State of California, on this 8th day of May, 2018 by the followir.g vote:

AYES:            Greg Bolin, Scott Lotter, Melissa Schuster and Jody Jones, Mayor

NOES:            Mike Zuccolillo

ABSENT: None
ABSTAIN: None

s/ Jody Jones, Mayor

ATTEST:

s/ Dina Volenski, Town Clerk

s/ Dwight L. Moore, Town Attorney

More information

News (1)

Measure V would extend sales tax another 10 years — October 16, 2018 Chico Enterprise-Record
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