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Lake County Sales Tax to Support Clear Lake, Measure E (November 2012)
Measure E would have imposed a one-half-cent sales tax. The tax would have been in effect for ten years. The revenue from the tax could only be used for projects to support the health and vitality of Clear Lake. The annual revenue from the tax was expected to be about $2.4 million; this means that over the 10-year life of the tax, it would have raised about $24 million to support Clear Lake projects.
- 88% of the funds raised by Measure E were earmarked for algae and weed control.
- 11% for water quality programs; this would include a wetlands preservation project.
- 1% for annual independent audits, which are required.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval, because in California, when a local sales tax measure is earmarked for a specific purpose (as is the case with Measure E), it requires a higher threshold for approval than local sales tax measures that are not earmarked for specific purposes.
- Final official results from the Lake County elections office.
- Lake County Supervisor Anthony Farrington. He says, "Clear Lake is the lifeblood of this community."
- Kelly Cox, a retired Lake County administrative officer
- Businessmen Bill Brunetti, Dennis Darling and Walt Campbell
- Dr. Harry Lyons
- The Lake County Chamber of Commerce
- The Lake County Association of Realtors. They said, "Our Realtors are very concerned about the severe decrease in tourism due to the condition of the lake which seriously impacts the economic survival of Lake County. Businesses are closing, wildlife is harmed, and property values are down. All of these things can be changed with a healthy, clean lake."
- The Sierra Club Lake Group. They said, "Restoring the health of Clear Lake is imperative for its own sake, and also vital for the future of our community."
Arguments in favor of Measure E said that:
- The lake needs to be protected from invasive species such as the quagga and zebra mussels.
- The lake has an increasing problem with algae and weeds, and this needs to be addressed.
- Second-home owners who own a home on the lake report that their children or grandchildren are increasingly less interested in coming to visit Clear Lake because of its increasing problems.