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City of Lincoln Utility Users Tax, Measure K (November 2010)
Measure K would have authorized a 3.75% utility user tax that would have lasted for 4 years. The city asked for the additional tax revenue because they believed that without the additional revenue, they would have to lay off more police officers.
A household with a monthly utility bill of $500 would have had to pay $18.75 in additional taxes each month, if Measure K had been approved.
Measure K would have brought in $2.9 million annually in additional taxes to the city.
Six candidates ran for the Lincoln City Council in the November elections. Four of the candidates were opposed to Measure K, while two candidates supported it.
Election results are from the Placer County election division as of November 24, 2010.
Salaries in Lincoln
Lincoln has 204 employees. 16.6% of them were paid more than $100,000 in 2009. 51 city workers make over $90,000.
Some of the salaries paid to city workers in Lincoln include:
- City manager: $245,148
- Director of public works: $183,315
- Director of community development: $182,732
- Police chief: $163,052
- Fire operations chief: $154,067
The city's total payroll in 2009 was $13.8 million.
City Council incumbent Linda Stackpoole, who was also a candidate for re-election, supported the Measure K tax.
City Council candidate Gabriel Hydrick was opposed to Measure K. He and others said that several contracts the city had entered into provided evidence that there was fat to trim from the city's budget. One such contract was with a consulting company that was hired to help the city pass Measure K.
According to Hydrick, "The issue for those of us against the tax isn't the idea of paying another 'few dollars a month' or adding another tax. It is about the fiscal responsibility of our sitting elected officials and upper management."
City Council candidate Stan Nader also opposed Measure K. (Stan for Lincoln 2010)
TEAM Lincoln, a group of Lincoln citizens, opposed Measure K. (Team Lincoln)
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure K: To help maintain and protect Lincoln’s financial viability and essential services including 9-1-1 emergency/medical response times, helping prevent cuts to police officers, firefighters, library and recreation services, shall the City of Lincoln establish a temporary 3.75% utility users tax ordinance that expires in 4 years, with annual independent audits, public expenditure reports, citizens oversight, low-income senior exemptions, with all revenue dedicated solely for Lincoln and not the State?|
- Impartial Analysis of Measure K
- Full text of Measure K (dead link)
- List of Placer County November 2, 2010 local ballot measures (dead link)
- Sacramento Bee, "Utility tax ballot measure splits city of Lincoln," August 14, 2010 (dead link)
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.