City of Canyon Lake Special Tax Fund, Measure D (November 2013)

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A City of Canyon Lake Special Tax Fund, Measure D ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the city of Canyon Lake Riverside County, which is in California. It was defeated.

Measure D would have approved a special parcel tax at a base annual rate of $204 per parcel, with allowances for annual increases, or escalators, of up to seven percent. The Measure D parcel tax would have lasted a maximum of five years.

The revenue from this tax was designed to go to fund the Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department service costs. The council had said it would waive or reduce the annual increases if they learned that they were unnecessary. The tax would have taken effect on July 1, 2014 and could, according to city estimates, bring in about $900,000 per year. City officials had said the new tax was needed to prevent future fire safety budget shortfalls, which were draining the city's reserve. This year the shortfall reached $728,044. The council had already sent a 120-day notice of termination to Cal Fire/Riverside County Fire Department informing them that Station 60 would be shut down due to lack of funds if Measure D fails.[1][2]

A two-thirds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure D
Defeatedd No1,25449.55%
Yes 1,277 50.45%
These final, certified results are from the Riverside County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure D:

“Fire Protection Services Within the City of Canyon Lake” states, "Shall Ordinance No. 148 enacting a special tax to fund the continuation of Fire Station 60 and fire protection services in the City of Canyon Lake be adopted?"[1][3]

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