Berkeley Pools parcel tax, Measure O (November 2012)
If voters approve Measure O, a parcel tax will be imposed on real estate within the city. The amount of the tax will vary depending on the number of square feet. Altogether, the tax would raise about $604,000 each year for the City. The money, if the tax is approved, can only be used to support the operation and maintenance of a new Warm Water Pool and a new Willard Pool.
The fate of the pools parcel tax is tied to the fate of a different measure on the same November 6, 2012, ballot: the Berkeley Pools Measure N bond proposition. If one wins, and the other loses, they are both moot.
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A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for approval.
- Rob Collier, Ed Gold and Maggie Knutson are the co-chairs of the "Berkeley Pools Campaign", which is the main campaign committee advocating for the measure.
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE O: "Shall a special tax of $0.00779 per square foot of improvements on land in Berkeley be authorized to fund maintenance and operation of the replacement Warm Water and Willard Pools, if a bond measure funding construction of those pools is adopted?"|
- Text of Measure O
- Resolution authorizing the bond proposition
- Website of the Berkeley Pools Campaign
- Berkeleyside, "City Council approves pools measure, debates streets", June 27, 2012
- Berkeley Patch, "Deadline Looms for Ballot Arguments", August 16, 2012
- The Daily Californian, "Pools bond would preserve city’s quality of life", June 18, 2012