City of Lafayette parcel tax, Measure G (November 2011)
Measure G, if it had been approved, would have levied a $89/year parcel tax for ten years. The goal of the tax levy was to raise about $10 million with which to finish the construction of a road and drain construction program in Lafayette.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for passage.
- These are the final, certified election results from the Contra Costa County elections office.
Guy Atwood was the co-chairman of the Fix Our Roads Committee, which supported Measure G. He said, "We feel confident that it’s going to pass. The fact that we did not run into a lot of opposition during the petition drive is a very positive thing."
Other supporters of Measure G included:
- The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
- The Acalanes Valley Homeowners Association
- The Lafayette Taxpayers’ Association
Bruce Peterson opposed Measure G. He argued that the city government had mismanaged its finances and was "dumping" the city's problem with damaged roads onto taxpayers.
Gordon Mattonen also opposed Measure G. He said, "They want you to pay twice. They want you to pay your regular taxes, which we all pay, and then they want a special fund for what they should have been doing in the first place."
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE G: Shall the City of Lafayette be authorized to collect a parcel tax not to exceed $89 per year per equivalent residential unit for ten years, with the purpose to complete Lafayette’s road and drain reconstruction program and bring all failed public streets to a good quality, with a volunteer Oversight Committee reviewing expenditures annually to ensure conformance with the ballot measure, and with the tax terminating if the work is finished in less than ten years?|
Path to the ballot
About 1,500 signatures to qualify Measure G for the ballot were collected by the "Fix Our Roads Committee".