Emeryville Business Tax Increase, Measure C (November 2011)
Measure C imposes a business license tax of 0.10% in Emeryville. The city previously has a business tax rate of 0.08% of gross receipts.
With the increased tax rate, the additional revenue for the city is expected to be in the vicinity of $640,000/year.
Measure D, which increases the maximum total amount a business in the city could conceivably have to pay each year from $117,048/year to $300,000/year, was also on the November 8, 2011 ballot, and was also approved.
- Election results are from the Alameda County elections office as of 6:00 a.m. PST on November 24, 2011.
The argument in favor of Measure C submitted for the voter guide was signed by Emeryville city council members Ruth Atkin, Ken Bukowski, Nora Davis, Kurt Brinkman and Jennifer West. It said:
"Emeryville public services have been reduced due to the recession and the State theft of funds from local governments. Cutbacks include police services, fire services, child care, parks maintenance and street sweeping. The City has responsibly reduced spending by 10% for the current two year budget, and is asking its employees to make contributions to their retirement funds to help offset the loss of revenues. The reduction in services, however, cannot continue indefinitely without affecting the quality of life in Emeryville. Costs to maintain essential public safety services, roadways and public facilities escalate each year. The City must match prudent reductions in expenditures with new sources of revenue to maintain a city we want to live and do business in. Businesses and commercial properties make up approximately 60% of our land uses and have a significant stake in our quality of life. The Business Tax recognizes the need for businesses to contribute to the cost of city operations. The rate for the tax has not changed for 18 years and has not kept pace with the increasing cost of running the City. Measure C would raise the current rate charged to businesses of .08% of gross receipts to .10%. This modest increase will still be less than what our neighboring cities charge. It will not solve the entire budget shortfall, so the City Council will have to continue to find ways to economize. But it will assist in funding high priority services and allow businesses to make a fair contribution to solving the budget problem. We urge a yes vote on Measure C."
Note: An argument in opposition to Measure C was not submitted to the official voter guide.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
|Measure C: "To maintain the high quality of life in Emeryville and fund essential services including police, fire, 9-1-1, park maintenance, litter abatement, graffiti removal, flood protection, street maintenance, accessibility improvements, child care, senior and recreation programs, shall an ordinance be adopted that increases the business tax rate to 0.10% of gross receipts, amends the definition of gross receipts and makes other clarifications?"|
- City of Emeryville Measure C
- Roster of local measures on the November 8, 2011 ballot in Alameda County