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City of Lafayette parcel tax, Measure G (November 2011)

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A City of Lafayette parcel tax, Measure G ballot question was on the November 8, 2011 ballot for voters in the City of Lafayette in Contra Costa County, where it was defeated.[1]

Measure G, if it had been approved, would have levied a $89/year parcel tax for ten years. The goal of the tax levy was to raise about $10 million with which to finish the construction of a road and drain construction program in Lafayette.[2]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for passage.

Election results

Measure G
Votes Percentage
Yes 3,683 57.63%
No Defeatedd 2,708 42.37%
These are the final, certified election results from the Contra Costa County elections office.

Support

Guy Atwood was the co-chairman of the Fix Our Roads Committee, which supported Measure G. He said, "We feel confident that it’s going to pass. The fact that we did not run into a lot of opposition during the petition drive is a very positive thing."[1]

Other supporters of Measure G included:

  • The Lafayette Chamber of Commerce
  • The Acalanes Valley Homeowners Association
  • The Lafayette Taxpayers’ Association[1]

Opposition

Bruce Peterson opposed Measure G. He argued that the city government had mismanaged its finances and was "dumping" the city's problem with damaged roads onto taxpayers.[1]

Gordon Mattonen also opposed Measure G. He said, "They want you to pay twice. They want you to pay your regular taxes, which we all pay, and then they want a special fund for what they should have been doing in the first place."[2]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE G: Shall the City of Lafayette be authorized to collect a parcel tax not to exceed $89 per year per equivalent residential unit for ten years, with the purpose to complete Lafayette’s road and drain reconstruction program and bring all failed public streets to a good quality, with a volunteer Oversight Committee reviewing expenditures annually to ensure conformance with the ballot measure, and with the tax terminating if the work is finished in less than ten years?[3]

Path to the ballot

About 1,500 signatures to qualify Measure G for the ballot were collected by the "Fix Our Roads Committee."[1]

See also

External links

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Lamorinda Patch, "Measure G - Tax To Fix Lafayette's Roads - Goes To the Voters," September 13, 2011
  2. 2.0 2.1 Mercury News, "Lafayette road tax campaign nears end," October 20, 2011
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.