Consolidation of the Southern Marin Sanitary District, Measure C (May 2013)
This measure would have consolidated the Alto, Almonte, Homestead Valley and Richardson Sanitary Districts into one district called the Southern Marin Sanitary District. This new district will be governed by a five member board. For the first two years, a member representing each of the old districts will be on the board, but after two years the board members will be elected at large.
The election was held on a mail-in basis only, with ballots going out on April 8 and returned by May 7 to count.
|Alto Sanitary District||72||49.32%||74||50.68%|
|Almonte Sanitary District||166||47.98 %||180||52.02%|
|Homestead Valley District||259||44.20%||327||55.80%|
|Richardson Bay District||706||65.78%||1357||34.22%|
- These final certified results are from the Marin County Elections Office.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|Measure C: Shall the order adopted on September 13, 2012 by the Local Agency Formation Commission of the County of Marin, ordering the consolidation of the Alto, Almonte, Homestead Valley and Richardson Bay Sanitary Districts into a single district known as the Southern Marin Sanitary District be conﬁrmed subject to the terms and conditions speciﬁed in the order?|
- LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS MARIN COUNTY, Marjory Eller, President
- MARIN LOCAL AGENCY FORMATION COMMISSION, Jeffry Blanchﬁeld, Chairman
The following argument was submitted by Marjory Eller and Jeffry Blanchfield in support of Measure C:
Rising sea levels, aging collection systems and deferred maintenance are among the infrastructure problems facing Southern Marin that must be addressed based on region-wide priorities. This consolidation provides the most effective governance arrangement to achieve that goal. That is why Marin Local Agency Formation Commission, an independent agency, approved this consolidation in a 6-1 vote. They concluded, after extensive study, that (1) operating costs of sewer service would be reduced due to economies of scale and (2) government accountability would be improved.
CONSOLIDATION. Each district’s assets are protected under enforceable terms and conditions of LAFCO’s approval.
- ROGER GAINER, Director
- STANLEY JAMES BRANSGROVE, Director-Chair
The following argument was submitted by Roger Gainer and Stanley James Bransgrove in opposition to Measure C:
|“||All four affected sanitary districts oppose the County LAFCO’s attempt to force their consolidation. This merger would remove local control of our sanitary districts. After a transition period during which Alto will have representation, at-large elections will result in dominance of the new board by the district with the largest population –Richardson Bay. Alto’s reserve funds, the sewer service assessments levied on our residents, and our system rehabilitation program will be under control of a board on which Alto has no representation.
Alto already collaborates, to save money, with Richardson Bay and the other districts whenever possible in our maintenance and rehabilitation programs. Richardson Bay doesn’t want consolidation either, and has stated that under consolidation it would be forced to add staff to perform the additional work. The present managers of Alto, Almonte and Homestead Valley are part-time employees who work from home and receive no fringe beneﬁts. Eliminating them would require hiring a full time employee with fringe beneﬁts, and providing him/her with an ofﬁce and miscellaneous equipment. WHERE’S THE SAVING?
The “saving” LAFCO cites is elimination of board stipends. Directors receive $100.00 per meeting,for an annual cost of $6,000.00. Loss of accountable local control should be worth more!
During the past ﬁfteen years we have replaced over 3,300 feet of old clay sewers with modern high-strength plastic pipe, resulting in a dramatic reduction of sewage over-ﬂows to the point where there have been no reportable spills in the past two years. We had to raise our sewer service tax assessments to pay for this, but Alto’s rate remains among the lowest in the County. We contend that funding and management of Alto’s future rehabilitation projects should be controlled by residents of Alto, not by a Board of outsiders.
- Marin County Measure C Ballot Information
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