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Special District

La Selva Beach Recreation District
Measure P - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results

Passing

783 votes yes (79.82%)

198 votes no (20.18%)

To correct structural flaws in the La Selva Beach Clubhouse that, 80 years after construction, are causing deflection in the roof and a wall to bow; to upgrade and maintain District facilities; secure ADA compliance; and to qualify for potential state grants: shall La Selva Beach Recreation District levy a temporary parcel tax on properties in the District, $50 yearly for a period of 7 years, raising approximately $40,000 annually, with no funds used for administrative salaries or benefits?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on Measure P is a vote to approve imposition of the special parcel tax. 

NO vote means

A “no” vote on Measure P is a vote against imposition of the special parcel tax.

 

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Dana McRae, County Counsel

If this measure is approved by at least two-thirds of those voting on it, the La Selva Beach Recreation District (the “District”) will be authorized to levy a special tax on real property.  The tax would be imposed for seven years beginning July 1, 2019, at the rate of $50.00 per year on each residential parcel within the District. 

The proceeds of the special tax, if approved, may be applied only to the purposes set out in the full text of Measure P which is printed in this pamphlet.  The proceeds of the special tax may not be used for administrators’ salaries or benefits.

In accordance with State law, the District would carry out accountability measures.  It would create a separate account into which the proceeds of the special tax shall be deposited.  An annual report would show the amount of the special taxes which have been collected and expended, and the status of projects to be funded from those proceeds.

The special parcel tax is to be collected in the same manner, and subject to the same interest and penalties, as those property taxes which are based upon property value.    

This measure has been placed on the ballot by the Board of Directors of the La Selva Beach Recreation District.  

A “yes” vote on Measure P is a vote to approve imposition of the special parcel tax.  

A “no” vote on Measure P is a vote against imposition of the special parcel tax.

                               

 

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Argument for Measure P

Vote Yes on Measure P to ensure the integrity, renovation, and independent, local control of the La Selva Beach Community Clubhouse and all La Selva Beach Recreation District facilities.

More than eighty years after its construction, our Clubhouse remains the heart of La Selva Beach. It is the hub of community meetings, children's activities, classes, events, and entertainments. Unfortunately, time has taken its toll on our beloved Clubhouse, and substantial structural repairs for the roof and walls are critical for both public safety and the building's longevity. The funds from this parcel tax measure, less than $5 a month for District households, will make necessary repairs and renovations possible. Additionally, the passage of Measure P will qualify the District to apply for matching grants from California’s State Proposition 68. Potential matching grants will only be available if District voters approve Measure P this November.

Our local La Selva Beach Recreation District owns and operates other facilities such as the Library building, playground, Triangle Park, and Robin’s Park. A Yes Vote on Measure P will safeguard the upkeep of these community assets and afford greater options for future improvements.

Vote Yes on Measure P to:

     Restore our Clubhouse for eighty more years of cherished memories.

     Provide eligibility for state funding.

     Maintain independent, local control over District facilities.

Measure P stipulates fiscal oversight and responsibility. All funds raised will be held in a separate, audited account, with the balance and expenditures posted to the District website. Funds collected will only be used to improve and maintain Recreation and Park facilities; no funds will be used for District salaries.

The La Selva Beach community spirit resides in our Clubhouse and Parks. Now is the time to preserve them. Vote Yes on Measure P.

Ashley Winn, Attorney at law

Robley Levy, Former 2nd District Supervisor

Mike Watts, Mike Watts Construction

Cindy L. Jackson, President, LSB Chapter Friends of the SC Public Library

Jim Rhodes, Chair, La Selva Beach Recreation District

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

No Argument Against Measure P was filed.

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

RESOLUTION CALLING FOR A SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018, FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE QUALIFIED VOTERS OF LA SELVA BEACH RECREATION DISTRICT A MEASURE PROPOSING THE LEVY OF A SPECIAL TAX FOR RECREATION DISTRICT FACILITIES PURPOSES AND CONSOLIDATING SAID SPECIAL ELECTION WITH THE GUBERNATORIAL GENERAL ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018

Whereas, La Selva Beach Recreation District is an independent recreation and park district in Santa Cruz County that depends for its revenue on local parcel taxes, rental income, and occasional government grants, and has not received any monies from a parks and recreation service charge levied since 1971 on unincorporated areas of the County; and

Whereas, the La Selva Beach Clubhouse, since its construction in the 1930s, has stood as the centerpiece of the community and, together with District facilities such as the Library building and Triangle Park, remains vibrant with community meetings, events, after-school and summer children’s programs, craft fairs, wedding receptions, and diverse educational opportunities; and

Whereas, recent evaluations by contractors and structural engineers have revealed structural flaws stemming from 1930s construction and subsequent aging of the building, most significantly a deflection in the ridge of the main hall roof of two and one half inches and one wall of the kitchen leaning toward the exterior and out of plumb by two degrees; and

Whereas, La Selva Beach Recreation District was founded in 1953 by local residents primarily for the purchase, maintenance, and operation of the Clubhouse; and

Whereas, while the La Selva Beach Recreation District budget is sufficient for routine maintenance, the cost of the structural engineer's suggested repairs will exceed what is currently in, or projected after several years to be in, District reserves; and

Whereas, a new tax measure would ensure the ability by La Selva Beach Recreation District to provide adequate preservation of the facility; and

Whereas, the creation of a new revenue source to be used for improvements to District infrastructure, by a vote before the end of 2018 approved by two-thirds of District residents, can qualify the District for potential matching grants available from the passage in June 2018 of California's Proposition 68;

Now, therefore, be it resolved and ordered by La Selva Beach Recreation District, as the governing body entrusted to care for the community Clubhouse and District facilities, that, subject to the approval of the special tax measure set forth in this Resolution by two-thirds of the qualified voters in a special election, a special tax be levied on all residential properties within La Selva Beach Recreation District:

1. Commencing with the 2019-20 fiscal year on July 1, 2019 a special tax is to be levied against all residential parcels within La Selva Beach Recreation District in the annual amount of $50 per parcel, for 7 years, terminating in June 2026; and

2. The District shall maintain a separate, audited account into which the proceeds of this tax shall be deposited and such funds used solely for the purpose of preserving, maintaining, and upgrading La Selva Beach Recreation District facilities;

3.  The District shall provide an annual written report showing the amount of funds collected from this tax and detailing the expenditures of said funds, with the annual report and all updates posted on its website, www.laselvabeachrecreationdistrict.com;

4. The special tax shall be collected on the property tax roll in the same manner and at the same time as County property taxes, and shall be subject to all the laws pertaining to the levy, collection, and enforcement of County property taxes;

5. If any provision of this Resolution or of the special tax measure contained herein or the application of any such provisions to any persons or circumstances is held invalid, such invalidity shall not affect any other provision or application that can be given effect without the invalid provision or application, and to this extent the provision therefore shall be severable.

Be it further resolved and ordered by the Board of Directors of La Selva Beach Recreation District, that a special election shall be and the same is hereby called and ordered to be held within La Selva Beach Recreation District on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters of the LSBRD the following special tax measure substantially similar to the following:

1. La Selva Beach Recreation District – Special Tax Ballot Measure Question

To correct structural flaws in the La Selva Beach Clubhouse that, 80 years after construction, are causing deflection in the roof and a wall to bow; to upgrade and maintain District facilities; secure ADA compliance; and to qualify for potential state grants: shall La Selva Beach Recreation District levy a temporary parcel tax on properties in the District, $50 yearly for a period of 7 years, raising approximately $40,000 annually, with no funds used for administrative salaries or benefits?

2.  La Selva Beach Recreation District Board of Directors submits to the qualified voters of La Selva Beach Recreation District at said special election, said Ballot Measure Question as set forth herein and designates and refers to said measure as the measure to be set forth on the ballots for use in said election.

3. Said special election shall be held and conducted, the votes received and canvassed, and the returns thereof made and the results thereof ascertained and determined in accordance with law.

4. Said special election hereby called shall be and is hereby consolidated with the Gubernatorial General Election to be held on Tuesday November 6, 2018, in all respects and all as required by and pursuant to law.

5. If enacted, the District shall prepare the annual report required by subdivision (d) of Government Code section 50075.1.

6. Any legal challenge to this resolution or to the special tax adopted by this resolution shall be brought as provided in Government Code Section 50077.5.

 

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