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City of Canyon Lake
Measure S - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,507 votes yes (76.86%)

1,056 votes no (23.14%)

100% of precincts reporting (7/7).

4,563 ballots counted.

To continue life safety services/911 emergency response times; preserve local control; prevent cuts to sheriff's deputies, firefighters/paramedics; keep Canyon Lake Fire Station open; and other essential City services, shall Ordinance No. 177 be adopted continuing the existing, voter-approved 3.95% utility users' tax providing $1,000,000 annually until ended by voters, continuing to require independent audits, all funds used for Canyon Lake, with no tax rate increase?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Canyon Lake

Measure “S” was placed on the ballot by the City Council at its July 18, 2018 meeting. If approved by majority vote of the voters voting on the measure, Measure “S” would approve the ordinance extending the Utility User Tax (“UUT”) approved by the voters in November 2014.

A UUT is a tax on utility services used by residents within the City. Measure “S” does not change the ordinance. The ordinance broadly defines received “utility services” as those for electricity, natural gas, water and sewer, telephone and solid waste/refuse collection.” The ordinance presumes that billings received by Canyon Lake residents are for such services used within the City. The ordinance provides details regarding the levy and collection of the tax; however, state and federal laws will supersede the ordinance provisions. For example, certain internet services and solar electrical energy generated only for personal use are exempt from taxation pursuant to the provisions of state law and the proposed ordinance. Propane tanks purchased for use within the City are exempted from tax by the ordinance. There is an appeal process to dispute the imposition or amount of the tax.

The tax rate remains 3.95% with no increase unless approved by voters. The tax is levied on the amount of each separate utility bill, so the amount of tax varies with the cost of the utility services provided for that billing period. The tax is collected by each utility provider and paid to the City. There are penalties for non-collection as well as for non-payment. The ordinance requires an annual, independent audit of the collection and use of funds.

If Measure “S” is approved, the collection of the tax will continue unchanged until terminated by the voters. If Measure “S” is not approved by a majority vote of the voters voting on the Measure, then the UUT will terminate on December 31, 2020.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure “S.” If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the elections official’s office at (951) 244-2955, extension 4 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

By:          
Elizabeth Martyn, City Attorney
City of Canyon Lake

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on SKEEP OUR CITY SAFE, MAINTAIN LOCAL CONTROL – without raising taxes!

The CITY provides our 911 police and fire emergency response and paramedic services. YES on S is essential for local control of our public safety and rapid response services.

YES on S maintains life safety services and police/fire/paramedic emergency response times.

YES on S keeps Canyon Lake Fire Station open and prevents cuts to sheriff’s deputies, firefighters and paramedics.

YES on S keeps City spending transparent, and continues independent audits.

YES on S requires all money to be used for Canyon Lake’s local benefit. NO money can be taken by Sacramento!

YES on S includes strict accountability provisions including annual independent audits that ensure funds are used effectively and efficiently.

YES on S does NOT raise taxes!

YES on S simply continues already existing, voter-approved funding without raising taxes – Measure S is critical to maintaining our quality of life safety.

We need YES on S! Without Measure S, the City will lose control over OUR vital services – our only fire station could shut down again and paramedic and firefighter emergency response times would increase – putting lives and property at risk. Emergency response times could exceed the American Medical Association guidelines for providing critical care for trauma, heart attack or stroke.

Measure S will maintain local control of our city, and vital services needs.

Vote YES on S – Keep Canyon Lake safe, and maintain our quality of life and local control.

Vote YES on S – Keep City spending transparent, local, and out of the hands of Sacramento.

Join a unanimous City Council, community leaders, businesses and public safety professionals in voting YES on S.

By:          

Vicki Warren, Mayor
Linda Kamushian, 26 year Resident
Mickey France, Canyon Lake Resid., Retired Deputy
Timothy Adams, Resident / Firefighter
Johncee Cochran, Realtor

 

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

Vote No on Measure “L”

57% of Jurupa Valley voters voted against Measure A to legalize commercial marijuana/cannabis businesses in the City, including dispensaries, in one commercial zone in the June 2018 election.

57% of Jurupa Valley voters also voted in favor of Measure B prohibiting all commercial marijuana/cannabis businesses in the City in the June 2018 election with limited exceptions.

Measure L would now exempt commercial marijuana/cannabis businesses from this voter-approved prohibition on commercial marijuana/cannabis businesses in commercial areas and force the City to have:

  • Seven marijuana dispensaries in the General Commercial and Rubidoux Village Commercial zones
  • Other marijuana businesses such as indoor cultivation, manufacturing, distribution or testing in these zones as well as in the Manufacturing Service Commercial and Business Park zones.

Measure L would impose a new Jurupa Valley tax on these businesses that can only be increased by voter approval.

Marijuana businesses will create devastating problems for the City:

  •  Marijuana businesses have been known to attract crime and would divert law enforcement resources from other areas of the City;

  •  Measure L would prohibit the City from imposing conditions on the operation of marijuana businesses in order to protect the health and safety of the community including day care or youth centers;

  •  Measure L would likely require the City to hire additional staff and law enforcement at an estimated cost of $345,000 per year; and

  • Commercial marijuana businesses are illegal under federal law. 

By:

Michael Goodland, Mayor
Brian Berkson, Mayor Pro Tem
Anthony Kelly, Jr., Council Member
Verne Lauritzen, Council Member
Laura Roughton, Council Member

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments FOR

“S” VOTE NO on S

The UUT tax of 2014 was for the funding of Paramedic, and firefighter services. Without the UUT the station would close. The UUT passed by 15 votes. July 2015 the City, not the county, closed the station.

Response times increased to 15 - 30 minutes. The Station stayed closed for a year, while Lake Elsinore and Menifee provided our fire/ paramedic services.

The promised paramedic and fire fighter for Canyon Lake did not arrive until July 2018, 3 years later, and only because the County mandated it. The Council got the tax and did nothing for Police or Fire.

The City says that passing S does NOT raiseTaxes.Thecitybudgetfor2018-19

has:

revenue of $5,005,880

expenses of $5,544,803

deficit of -$538,923.

There is a reserve. With cost increases each year the city will eat through the reserve by 2020 – 2021 budget year and be effectively bankrupt.

The City is not transparent, they know that if they increased the percentage now from 3.95% to the needed 8% for 2020, the UUT would not pass or that by 2025 15% would be needed.

Local control to the City means putting 1,000 homes in the BLM land north of the fire station. Either increasing the POA or opening the gates to nonmembers.

Can the CITY or CITY COUNCIL be believed/trusted when they promised to keep the fire station open and THEN CLOSED THE STATION?

VOTE NO on S

By:            

John Zaitz, 10 Year Councilmember and Mayor. POA Board
and President-29 Year Resident

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Did the ONLY opponent even bother to check the facts about Measure S? Don’t be manipulated by his continued intentional misleading accusations, bias and falsehoods – including the FACT the Fire Station has been properly staffed and opened with the help of voter-approved local funding since 2017.

The fact is, extending Measure S without raising taxes will maintain the City’s public safety, life safety services and transparent local control as voters intended.

Here are the FACTS about YES on S the opposition would like you to ignore:

FACT: The current UUT is the voter-approved locally controlled funding that helped reopen our only fire station. Without a YES on S, Canyon Lake cannot support its only fire station. Closing the station would result in firefighters and paramedics taking longer to respond to emergency 911 calls. This is not acceptable.

FACT: Extending YES on S at the same rate also keeps City spending transparent with required independent audits. Every penny is spent to benefit Canyon Lake and cannot be seized by Sacramento. YES on S ensures funds are spent efficiently and effectively.

FACT: Continuing YES on S keeps our City locally-controlled and maintains critical life safety services and rapid emergency response, saving lives and property like the recent fire threatening homes on Old Wrangler.

Join a unanimous City Council, police officers, firefighters, property and business owners, longtime residents and taxpayers – Vote YES on S!

We all agree – vote YES on S to keep Canyon Lake SAFE and locally controlled.

By:          

Timothy Adams, Resident / Firefighter
Jack Wamsley
Johncee Cochran
Mickey France
Linda Kamashian

— Riverside County Registrar of Voters
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