City of Canyon Lake Parcel Tax, Measure E (June 2011)
Measure E, if it had been approved, would have levied a $204/year parcel tax on improved parcels and a $96/year parcel tax on unimproved parcels. The tax would first have been assessed on property tax bills for the 2011-2012 fiscal year and would have been in effect for 5 years.
The purpose of the proposed parcel tax was to fund police and fire services.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for passage.
- Final election results from the Riverside County elections office
Supporters included the editorial board of the North County Times. The board wrote, "Failure to pass the measure would lead to drastic reductions in public safety ---- including the likely closing of the only fire station within the city's borders ---- the only real reason the gated community needs to be its own city."
Larry Greene, the retired assistant fire chief of Fullerton who is a resident of Canyon Lake, said, "Between the state of California raiding our city’s budget and the economy slashing the city’s revenues, the City of Canyon Lake has been drawing from its reserve funds to maintain a high level of public safety services that have made Canyon Lake the safest city in the county...[Measure E] raises $960,000 in revenue to continue to pay for local public safety services. These are funds that the legislators in Sacramento can never touch and the city must keep the proceeds of the tax in a special account used only for public services."
Tim Brown opposed the Measure E tax. He said, "Will revenues only fund police and fire protection? Public services accounts could be tapped for virtually anything. Do you really trust politicians to cut taxes after five years? During hearings, councilmen expressed concern the tax amount and duration was insufficient. Passing this measure will open a floodgate of other tax requests in the future. Costs for contacting police and fire protection will likely continue to increase at alarming rates."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure E: Shall Ordinance No. 133 enacting a special parcel tax to fund the continuation of existing police and fire protection services in the City of Canyon Lake be adopted?|