City of Davis Park Maintenance Parcel Tax, Measure D (June 2012)
Measure D extended for six more year the existing Park Maintenance Tax. The tax, which was $49.00/year for a single-family residence, was originally approved by voters in 1998. It had been extended by the city's voters twice, in 2002 and 2006. It would have expired on June 30, 2012 had voters not re-approved it on June 5, 2012.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure D were signed by:
- Joe Krovoza, Mayor of the City of Davis
- Sue Greenwald, member, Davis City Council
- Rochelle Swanson, Mayor Pro Tempore of the City of Davis
- Stephen Souza, member, Davis City Council
- Dan Wolk, member, Davis City Council
Arguments in favor
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure D included:
- "The passage of Measure D is part of a comprehensive plan to fund adequately our needed City services. For more than a decade, the state has been shifting away a large share of our local property taxes. At the beginning of the last decade, the state returned about 27% of local property taxes to the city. Today approximately 18% is returned. The State annually has shifted a total of over $3 million in property tax from the City and eliminated funding for state-mandated programs."
- "Measure D will renew the existing $49 per year parks maintenance tax, allowing the City to continue to pay for parks maintenance, including family parks, greenbelt maintenance, streetscapes and street tree planting and maintenance, swimming pools, open space and habitat maintenance, and vandalism repair. This is the same cost as when voters ﬁ rst approved the tax in 1998. The current tax will expire in June of this year."
- "This tax generates $1.36 million in annual revenue, used to offset park maintenance costs. In 1998 this funding source covered 75% of park maintenance costs. Today this tax covers 21% of this cost. Since 1998 we have seen an increase in total park acreage by one third. The City is on the way to ﬁscal stability through the generous support of voters, approving the extension of the local Sales Tax in June of 2010, and through prudent ﬁscal management. We ask you to support this measure, allowing time for a broader community dialogue on city service priorities, needs and appropriate funding alternatives."
- "Think of the reasons why you enjoy living in Davis. Surely, among the reasons are parks, greenbelts, and recreational programs and services. Without Measure D, these amenities, along with other General Fund services, risk severe cutbacks."
The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure D were signed by:
- Thomas Randall, Jr., who was described in the voter guide as a "Tax Reduction Advocate."
The official voter guide arguments opposing Measure D included:
- "The passage of Measure D would further contribute to an ever rising excessive tax burden locally being placed on local taxpayers along with the other excessive number of special taxes and bonds thereby continuing to aggravate the already excessive high cost of living situation in Davis which is presently becoming exclusive towards to current and future middle to lower class parcel owners. Despite that Measure D's tax assessment rate of $49. per year for single family household parcels as the renewal measure for previous Measure G that passed in 2006 is smaller compared to many of the other special taxes and bonds that Davis Parcel Owners already pay. For example, the results of a recent local survey conducted by KCRA Channel 3 of 2010 United States Census Data conducted among 59 Northern California cities listed Davis as being ranked ﬁrst among the most expensive of them in housing costs as the initial median price for a single family home listed as being a whopping $571,600 over twice the national median price of $221,800 with an excessive overall rate of local parcel taxation just contributes to this unaffordable housing problem locally as well."
- "Measures O and G were placed on the ballot previously as a temporary means to address budgetary issues although efforts have been made by the city council to indeﬁnitely place renewal future measures on the ballot to attempt to make this special tax permanent."
- Impartial analysis of Measure D (dead link)
- Arguments for and against Measure D (dead link)
- Full text of Measure D (dead link)