Indian Wells Parcel Tax for Landscaping, Measure R (November 2012)
The tax would have been $171/year. It would have been paid by the owners of the approximately 5,100 parcels of land in Indian Wells.
The proceeds of the tax would have gone to pay for landscaping on Highway 111. It costs $1.3 million a year to maintain that landscaping. Currently, the $1.3 million is paid by the owners of about 1,600 parcels. Approving the parcel tax would have meant that the burden of the cost of the landscaping would be spread out over about 5,100 property owners, rather than about 1,600 property owners.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.
- Final certified results from the Riverside County elections office.
Sundance community resident Jacqueline Bradley supported the parcel tax. She said, "I think we all reap the benefit, landscaping-wise. Honestly, for $171, if you're worried about it and live in Indian Wells, I've got to wonder about it. Nobody wants a tax increase, but honestly, I think it's the neighborly thing to do."
Path to the ballot
All five members of the Indian Wells City Council voted to place the measure on the November 6, 2012, ballot.
Councilman Patrick Mullany, one of the five members of the city council who voted to place the measure on the ballot, said, "This'll never pass. If this gets a two-thirds vote, I will be shocked and amazed."