Kentfield Fire District parcel tax, Measure G (November 2013)

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A Kentfield Fire District parcel tax, Measure G ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the Kentfield Fire District in Marin County, which is in California. It was approved.

Measure G asked voters to increase its parcel tax from 6 cents per building square foot to 10 cents.[1]

In 2013, the Kentfield District had 11 full-time firefighters, 20 volunteers and an annual budget of about $4.7 million. About 70% of that budget came from property taxes. Likewise about 70% was spent on salaries and benefits to firefighters. With the approval of Measure G, the tax on a 2,000-square-foot home increased from $120 to around $200. Measure G kept the same rate of 6 cents per sq. ft. for vacant buildings.[2]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure G
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,470 75.42%
No47924.58%
These final, certified results are from the Marin County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

To maintain rapid emergency medical response services, protect our homes and businesses from fire, keep property insurance rates manageable, and continue the District’s long term fiscal well-being, shall the voters of Kentfield Fire District repeal the existing fire tax and replace it with a special tax of 10¢ per building square foot, retain the existing rate for vacant parcels, and increase the District’s appropriations limit, with all revenue staying in our local community?[1]

Support

Steven Gerbsman, president of the district board, said the tax is vital for maintaining revenue stability. He also pointed out that the district had not raised taxes in 33 years and that property tax revenues had fallen.[2]

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