San Benito County Vehicle Abatement Program and Associated Registration Fees, Measure F (June 2014)

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A San Benito County Vehicle Abatement Program and Associated Registration Fees, Measure F ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in San Benito County, California, where it was approved.

Measure F authorized the county of San Benito to renew for ten years a vehicle registration fee of one dollar per vehicle and an additional two dollars for certain commercial vehicles in order to fund the removal and disposal of abandoned, wrecked and non-operational vehicles.[1]

Election results

Measure F
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 4,443 63.24%
No2,58336.76%
Election results from San Benito County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

Should the San Benito County Vehicle Abatement Program and associated vehicle registration fees (one dollar per vehicle and an additional two dollars for certain commercial vehicles) be renewed for a ten-year term under California Vehicle Code Sections 9250.7 and 22710, or any successor statutes thereto, for the purposes of removal and disposal of abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles?[2]

Impartial analysis

The following impartial analysis of Measure F was prepared by the office of the county counsel:[3]

This analysis of the renewal of the abandoned vehicle abatement program fee, Measure F, is prepared and submitted in accordance with Elections Code Section 9160. This measure was placed on the ballot by a vote of the San Benito County Board of Supervisors. Sections 22710 and 9250.7 of the California Vehicle Code authorize the establishment of the San Benito County Abandoned Vehicle

Authority (AVA), as well as the imposition of a fee on all registered vehicles, except for those vehicles which are exempt from the payment of registration fees. The fee, which is referred to as the AVA fee, is charged at a rate of one ($1.00) dollar for every vehicle registered to an owner with an address in the County, and an additional ($2.00) dollars on commercial vehicles weighing 10,001 pounds or more.

The AVA Fees are collected by the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and then dispersed to the San Benito County Abandoned Vehicle Authority. The fees may only be used for the abatement, removal, and disposal of any abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, or inoperative vehicles, or vehicle parts located on public or private property within San Benito County. The AVA Fee must be renewed every ten (10) years by a vote of the electors.

A YES vote would authorize the DMV to continue collecting the AVA Fee in the amount of one ($1.00) dollar for every vehicle registered in San Benito County, and an additional ($2.00) dollars for certain commercial vehicles registered in San Benito County for a term of ten (10) years for the purpose of removal and disposal of abandoned and wrecked vehicles. The authorization of the AVA fee granted by this measure would end on June 2, 2024.

A NO vote would mean that the DMV would not collect the AVA Fee.

The AVA Fee will not be renewed, and the AVA Fee will cease being collected, unless the measure is approved by sixty six percent (66%) of the registered voters voting on Measure F.[2]

—Barbara Thompson, Assistant San Benito County Counsel[1]

Fiscal impact

The following fiscal impact statement was submitted by the county auditor-controller:[3]

This measure authorizes the continued imposition of a $1 Vehicle Abandonment Abatement Fee. This fee is collected by the Department of Motor Vehicles on vehicles registered to addresses in the County. The Abatement Fees received by the County provides most, but not all, of the revenues associated with the Code Enforcement and Nuisance Abatement Division.

Based on current annual fee collections and historical patterns of growth and declines in vehicle registrations, the Auditor-Controller estimates the total average Vehicle Abandonment Abatement Fees collected annually under this measure will be approximately $56,000.

The revenues from this measure shall only be available for expenditures associated with the enforcement of ordinances and codes that abate abandoned vehicles and other nuisances that protect the health, safety, and welfare of the general public.

In accordance with the Election Code, the scope of this fiscal impact analysis has been limited to the measure’s effect on revenues and expenditures. It does not address larger countywide fiscal issues such as the measure’s effect on the overall County economy.[2]

—Joe Paul Gonzalez, San Benito County Auditor-Controller

Support

Supporters

The following individuals signed the official arguments in favor of Measure F:[3]

  • Margie Barrios, San Benito County Supervisor District 1
  • Anthony Botelho, San Benito County Supervisor District 2
  • Jerry Muenzer, San Benito County Supervisor District 4
  • Jaime De La Cruz, San Benito County Supervisor District 5

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

The following official arguments were submitted in favor of Measure F:[3]

Voting Yes on Measure F will continue an important local program for all residents of San Benito County, including the cities of San Juan Bautista and Hollister. Removal of abandoned vehicles, through the continuation of the San Benito County Abandoned Vehicle Abatement (AVA) program, provides a necessary local service by reducing risk to the environment, removing safety hazards, and maintaining the visual beauty of our community. Risks to the environment include À uids leaking or rust leaching from abandoned vehicles that can enter waterways or habitats through drainage systems. Vehicles abandoned in roadways present safety hazards by occupying a portion of a roadway or shoulder. Abandoned vehicles are also an eyesore.

The San Benito County AVA started in 1991. The AVA provides residents with a program that is responsive to complaints and results in proper removal of abandoned vehicles. Since 1991, the $1 fee per vehicle and $2 fee for certain commercial vehicles has been collected on vehicle registrations and has resulted in the removal of approximately 6,000 abandoned vehicles.

During this same time period approximately $1,000,000 has been generated through the local fee to help fund the vehicle removal, program administration and reporting requirements. Voting Yes on Measure F will not create a new fee but will continue the same fee that has been collected since 1991 for an additional ten-year period. The fee will terminate in June 2024 unless further authorized by the voters. Not approving Measure F will result in the loss of approximately $54,000 in annual revenue which the AVA program relies upon.

Vote Yes on Measure F.[2]

—Margie Barrios, Anthony Botelho, Jerry Muenzer and Jaime De La Cruz[1]

Opposition

No official arguments were submitted in opposition to Measure F. If you have an argument that you would like to see posted here, please email the Local Ballot Measure Project staff writer.

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