Town of Portola Utility Users Tax, Measure Q (November 2013)

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A Town of Portola Utility Users Tax, Measure Q ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot for voters in the town of Portola Valley in San Mateo County, which is in California. It was approved.

This measure reduced the town's utility tax, which was levied on telephone, gas, water and electricity charges. The proceeds from the Measure Q tax still go into the General Fund. The approval of this measure did not affect the town's other 2% utility tax.[1]

Election results

Measure Q
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 1,035 86.3%
No16513.7%
These final, certified results are from the San Mateo County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure Q:

Do the People of the Town of Portola Valley adopt an ordinance that continues the reduction of the general purpose Utility Users Tax levied on telephone, gas, water and electricity, set forth in Chapter 3.32 of the Portola Valley Municipal Code, from 5.5% to 4.5% on the charges made for such utility services for a period of four years from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018?[1][2]

Analysis

The following analysis was provided by the League of Women Voters:[3]

This measure asks whether the people of Portola Valley wish to continue the reduction of the existing five and one-half percent (5.5%) Utility User's Tax levied on telephone, gas, water and electricity charges to four and one-half percent (4.5%) for a period of four years from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2018, at which time the tax will revert to five and one-half percent (5.5%).

A "Yes" vote is in favor of continuing the reduction of the Utility User's Tax to four and one-half percent (4.5%).

A "No" vote is not in favor of continuing the reduction of the Utility User's Tax, resulting in the tax reverting to and being collected at five and one-half percent (5.5%) effective July 1, 2014.

In order for the tax to continue to be reduced to four and one-half percent (4.5%), the ballot measure must be approved by more than fifty percent (50%) of the voters voting on the measure.

The proceeds from the Utility User's Tax are deposited into the Town's General Fund and are expended for general governmental purposes, including, but not limited to, the maintenance of streets, parks, trails and drainage structures. This ballot measure does not affect the Town's second Utility User's Tax, a two percent (2%) Utility Users Tax on telephone, gas, water and electricity charges, the proceeds of which are deposited into the Town's restricted Open Space Fund.[2]

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