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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
California Common Cause@CommonCauseCA
June 7, 2016 — Elecciones Primarias de California

City of San Rafael
Measure D Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

10,678 votos si (68.73%)

4,859 votos no (31.27%)

100% de distritos activos (35/35).

16,428 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To provide a critical, consistent, locally-controlled funding source, augmenting current general fund allocations for the San Rafael Public Library to maintain library hours, equipment, materials, and services for children, teens, and adults, shall the City of San Rafael be authorized to levy an annual $59 parcel tax (slightly higher for multiple-residential unit parcels) for a period of nine (9) years with annual CPI adjustment, oversight by an independent citizens committee and exemptions for senior citizens?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

s/ROBERT F. EPSTEIN City Attorney of San Rafael


The San Rafael City Council has placed this measure on the ballot. If approved by the voters, this measure would extend, revise, and increase the existing Special Library Services Parcel Tax on residential and nonresidential par­cels in San Rafael.

San Rafael’s existing Special Library Services Parcel Tax is set to expire on June 30, 2017. This measure would extend the parcel tax for an additional nine years starting July 1, 2017.

The measure would increase the tax rate for Single   Family Residential Parcels and Nonresidential Parcels from $49 to $59 per parcel per year. For other parcels with one or more living units, the measure would increase the tax rate from $49 per parcel plus $10 per living unit (to a maximum of $1,000) per year, to $59 per parcel plus $10 per living unit (to a maximum of $1,000) per year. This measure would also provide for annual adjustments of the tax rate, starting in the second year, commensurate with the annual percentage increase, if any, to the San Fran­cisco-Oakland-San Jose Price Index for All Urban Con­sumers (“CPI”), but not to exceed 3% annually. The tax would be included on and payable with the property owner’s Marin County property tax bill.

Under the existing Special Library Services Parcel Tax, some parcels that are improved with one or more living units may not have been assessed for the tax, because they are not designated on the Marin County Assessor’s Office roll as “single family residential” or “multiple family residential.” This measure would revise definitions used in the existing tax for “Single Family Residential Par­cel”, “Multifamily Residential Parcel”, and “Nonresi­dential Parcel”, and add a new definition of “Other Residential Parcel”, in order to include for taxation all parcels with one or more living units, regardless of how they are designated on the County Assessor’s roll. These revisions may result in a change in the Special Library Ser­vices Parcel Tax assessment for some parcels beginning on July 1, 2017.

The measure would provide an exemption from the tax, upon approved application to the Library Director, for a person 65 years or older who owns a parcel used solely for owner-occupied single family residential purposes.

The measure would require that the tax proceeds be used only locally to staff, provide, and maintain hours of operation, services, equipment, programs and materials at the San Rafael Public Library.

The measure would require that the tax proceeds be placed into a separate account subject to an annual report by the City’s Finance Director.

The measure would require the City Council, within 60 days after passage of the measure, to establish an independent residents’ oversight committee to review the collection and expenditure of tax revenues, with duties to be established by resolution of the City Council.

To become effective, this measure must be approved by two-thirds of the electors voting at the election.

YES vote approves the measure.

NO vote rejects the measure.

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