Stinson Beach County Water District Appropriations Limits, Measure F (June 2014)

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A Stinson Beach County Water District Appropriations Limits, Measure F ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the County Stinson Beach Water District in Marin County, California, where it was overwhelmingly approved.[1]

Measure F authorized the district to increase its appropriations limitation to $1,425,910. This did not amount to an increase in taxes. It simply allowed the district to spend up to $1,425,910 in revenue, if such revenue was separately approved or came into the county through then current tax levels. If Measure F had failed, revenue that would have been available to the Stinson Beach Water District would be allocated to some other government entity.[2]

In 2010, voters overwhelmingly approved Measure U, which set the appropriations limit of $961,250 for 2010-11 through 2013-14.

Election results

Measure F
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 193 92.34%
No167.66%
Election results from County of Marin Elections Department

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[3]

Shall the appropriations limit of the Stinson Beach County Water District for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 be established at $1,425,910 and should the limit for that Fiscal Year be used to determine the limits for Fiscal Years 2015-2016 through 2017-2018? [4]

Impartial analysis

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

If this measure is approved by a majority of voters, the appropriations limit for the Stinson Beach County Water District pursuant to Article XIIIB of the California Constitution will be established at one million four hundred twenty-five thousand nine hundred ten dollars ($1,425,910) for fiscal year 2014-2015 and the limit of one million four hundred twenty-five thousand nine hundred ten dollars ($1,425,910) shall be used to determine the limits of fiscal years 2015-2016 through 2017-2018. [4]

—Steven M. Woodside, Marin County Counsel[3]

Support

Supporters

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

  • Barbara Boucke, president of the SBCWD Board of Directors
  • Lawrence A. Baskin, vice president of the SBCWD Board of Directors
  • Sandra Cross, member of the SBCWD Board of Directors
  • Morey Nelson, member of the SBCWD Board of Directors
  • Jim Zell, member of the SBCWD Board of Directors

Arguments in favor

Official arguments

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

We urge a YES vote on this measure. The measure Will Not Increase Your Taxes. It will allow the Stinson Beach County Water District to make full use of the property tax revenue it already receives.

An amendment to the State Constitution in 1979 imposed a limit on expenditures of most local government agencies, including the District. The Constitution allows local agency voters to approve periodic increases in the limit. Stinson Beach voters have approved such increases in the past, most recently in 2010. Your Board of Directors is asking that the increased limit be continued for an additional four years.

If the measure is approved, the Water District will be able to retain its full pro rata share of property taxes collected by Marin County. Without this measure, tax revenues over the appropriations limit must be refunded to the State of California. The lost tax revenue would then have to be made up by an increase in local water rates.

Passage of this measure will not increase your taxes or other costs. It will keep the Water District's share of property tax revenue "at home," in our community.

Passage of this measure will allow the District to maintain existing service levels without increasing water rates to make up for lost tax revenue.

We want to provide you high quality service at the lowest possible rates and consider this measure necessary to do so. PLEASE VOTE YES ON MEASURE F. [4]

—Barbara Boucke, Lawrence A. Baskin, Sandra Cross, Morey Nelson and Jim Zell[3]

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.

Similar measures

Approveda Stinson Beach County Water District appropriations limit, Measure U (November 2010)

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