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November 5, 2019 — Local Elections
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City of San Marino
Measure SM - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Passing

1,664 votos si (71.1%)

678 votos no (28.9%)

Shall the measure approving an ordinance to continue the Special Public Safety Tax for Paramedic Services, Fire Protection and Prevention and Police Protection in San Marino, providing approximately $3.4 million annually until 2025, continuing the existing rate structure calculating the maximum amount charged to each parcel type based primarily on its zoning and applying police, fire, and paramedic cost components specified in the exhibit to the ordinance, with increases strictly limited each year, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Stephanie Cao, City Attorney

This ballot measure extends for five years the City of San Marino’s existing Public Safety Tax for paramedic, police and fire protection services. The measure also approves an increase in the City’s appropriations limit to enable the City to expend the revenues generated by the Tax for the first four years, in compliance with state law. Measure SM was placed on the ballot by a unanimous vote of the City Council.

The Public Safety Tax is a tax on each parcel of real property in the City and is authorized under the authority of Section 4 of Article XIII-A of the California Constitution. As a special tax, the proceeds can only be used for paramedic, police and fire protection services. The City may not use the funds for any other purpose.

Approval of the measure will extend the Public Safety Tax for a period of five years. The tax will expire at that time unless extended again by the voters. Previous extensions of the Public Safety Tax have been for four years. The City Council proposes that this extension be for five years because, in the future, the City’s General Municipal Elections will be held in even-numbered years, and this extension will ensure that voters will continue to have the opportunity to consider the tax at the City’s General Municipal Elections as required by state law.

The ordinance contains maximum tax rates for each year that can be exceeded only if the increase is approved by the voters. The measure also contains a credit for parcels owned by senior citizens whose income does not exceed levels the City Council can establish from time to time.

As a special tax, the measure requires a two-thirds vote of the persons voting at the election. A “YES” vote on Measure SM extends the existing Public Safety Special Tax and assessment amounts for five years. A “NO” vote would eliminate the Public Safety Special Tax at the end of the current fiscal year.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

VOTE YES FOR MEASURE SM -- IT PROTECTS SAN MARINO & IT SAVES LIVES!

VOTE YES to maintain the safety San Marino has experienced for the past 40 years.

Measure SM is the continuation of San Marino’s Public Safety Parcel Tax which was first adopted by residents in 1980 to ensure the highest level of public safety. It has been renewed consistently since it’s first ballot appearance 39 years ago.

Approval of Measure SM will not change anyone’s assessment and 100% of funds stay in San Marino and can only be spent on our police, fire and paramedics.

Measure SM continues the highest level of public safety which residents expect and have experienced since its inception, including rapid-response emergency and life-saving services, top-tier fire and police protection, disaster preparedness, as well as continuing improvements in response times, crime prevention and suspect apprehension.

Vote YES on Measure SM because every penny remains in San Marino to protect residents, homes, schools, businesses and property. It provided approximately $3.4 million or about 27% of our Fire & Police 2019-20 budgets.

Vote YES on Measure SM to prevent cuts in public safety personnel and equipment that could result in longer police, fire and paramedic response times and reductions in service -- because in an emergency, every second matters.

Measure SM ensures local control over money raised from San Marino residents and guarantees our money is spent exclusively in San Marino for our benefit -- this is especially important when Sacramento is taking more and more of our money and diverting it for other purposes and places.

Measure SM protects community institutions such as Neighborhood Watch and Community Emergency Response Teams that benefit everyone and otherwise might be cut or eliminated.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE SM -- KEEP SAN MARINO SAFE!

VOTE YES TO PROTECT ALL OF US, OUR HOMES AND OUR COMMUNITY!

STEVEN HUANG

Mayor on behalf of San Marino City Council

ROSEMARY SIMMONS

Former Mayor & Co-Chair of San Marino Public Safety Campaign Committee

CALVIN LO

Co-Chair of San Marino Public Safety Campaign Committee

MARILYN PECK

Co-Chair of San Marino Public Safety Campaign Committee

SHAWN CHOU

Co-Chair of San Marino Public Safety Campaign Committee

 

Argumento EN CONTRA

NO ARGUMENT AGAINST THIS MEASURE WAS SUBMITTED

 

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