Town of Fairfax Sales Tax, Measure D (November 2011)
Measure D imposes an additional half-cent sales tax on purchases of goods and services made within the town limits of Fairfax. The tax will be in effect for five years.
Estimates are that the tax will generate about $150,000 a year for the Town of Fairfax.
The Town of Fairfax is experiencing financial woes because its employee pension costs rose in 2010. The cost of paying health insurance premiums for town employees also increased by 9%.
- Election results are from the Marin County elections office.
Measure D supporters included:
- The five members of the Fairfax Town Council
- The Fairfax Chamber of Commerce
Matt Hartwell-Herrero, husband of town council member Pam Hartwell-Herrero, led the campaign for a "yes" vote on Measure D. He said, "We've taken across-the-board measures but we still have this gap, and it's got to get closed."
Measure D was opposed by a "No on D" coalition and the "Committee to Oppose Measure D - 2011."
- Bill Parker. He said the Fairfax Town Council has a history of underestimating future revenues. Reports of town auditors indicated that from fiscal year 2005 through fiscal year 2010, the council underestimated town revenue by $2.79 million and underestimated expenditures by $909,000. Parker said, "The $1.8 million difference [in estimated income versus estimated expenditures] is more than the value of Measure F."
- Susan Brandborg, a 19-year former member of the Fairfax Town Council: "I just don't feel they're paying attention to the town's fiscal issues as I feel they should."
- The "Committee to Oppose Measure D - 2011," argued that some statements in support of the measure are false. The committee argues that payroll is not 80% of budgeted expenditures; the town did not lose revenue to the State of California; the flood was paid for by FEMA, OES, and insurance; overall departmental spending is 24% higher than in 2005; and revenues have increased and not decreased. Opponents also argue that the current financial situation is entirely due to the fact that town officials have spent a $2.719 million budget surplus.
- According to the committee website, opponents include: Bill Parker, John Molloy, former Mayor Susan Brandborg, and Jory Prum.
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE D: To offset declining property tax revenues and severe state budget cuts and to prevent further cuts to general Town services, shall an ordinance be adopted to enact a one-half cent transaction and use tax in the Town of Fairfax, subject to annual independent audits, public expenditure reports, local use of all funds, and expiration on March 31, 2017?|
- Marin Independent Journal, "Fairfax sales tax one of eight Marin tax measures on the Nov. 8 ballot," August 18, 2011
- Marin Independent Journal, "Fairfax voters to decide on new half-cent sales tax," October 3, 2011
- Marin Independent Journal, "Fairfax Town Council puts sales tax on November ballot," July 28, 2011
- Twin Cities Times, "Corte Madera paramedic tax drawing some opposition," November 2, 2011
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