COUNTY SERVICE AREA NO. 27
MEASURE R: Shall the measure continuing the special tax for paramedic
services for four years in the amount of $79.50 in the
first year and increasing $4 annually to a maximum of
$91.50 per taxable living unit, or per 1,500 square feet
of structure on a developed parcel in nonresidential
use, which will annually raise approximately $58,000
beginning in year one, and increasing the appropriations
limit by the amount of said tax be adopted?
COUNTY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE R
COUNTY SERVICE AREA NO. 27
INCREASE IN SPECIAL PARAMEDIC SERVICE TAX
The voters in County Service Area No. 27 have
previously approved a special paramedic service tax and
the current tax is scheduled to expire on June 30, 2019.
If this Measure is approved by a 2/3 vote of the voters,
the special tax for paramedic services will be authorized
to continue for four years and will increase to $79.50 in
the first year and increase $4 annually to a maximum of
$91.50 per taxable living unit or per 1500 square feet of
structure on a developed parcel in non-residential use. The
appropriations limit will increase annually in the amount of
the said tax. If approved, this increase will take effect on
July 1, 2019, and continue until June 30, 2023. This special
tax will raise approximately $58,000 in the first year.
Marin County Counsel
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE R
Since 1982 the voters of the Ross Valley have continued to
approve a special tax to help fund the fire department-based
paramedic service. You are being asked to again support
the tax with modest annual $4 incremental increases for
four years to a maximum rate of $91.50. The Ross Valley
Paramedic Authority is a partnership of 8 Ross Valley
communities that have combined efforts to deliver this
exceptional level of care.
The initial Ross Valley Paramedic Authority tax provided
for a single ambulance. The expectation for paramedic
care from our citizens has dictated that service levels
continue to expand and evolve. Paramedic care is now
provided through a system that includes state-of-the-art
fire department paramedic ambulance units and with
trained paramedics aboard fire engines so that advanced
emergency care can arrive as quickly as possible.
The Ross Valley Paramedic Authority will continue the
responsible, transparent approach to managing the costs of
our emergency medical response service and adequately
provide for the long-term safety of our community.
A Yes Vote Will:
- Ensure the existing high-level paramedic
emergency medical response services
- Continue local control over these tax revenues
- Maintain rapid emergency medical response
Your tax pays for a significant portion of the paramedic
program. Additional funds are collected from insurance
companies through third-party billing and from billing
of non-resident customers. In addition, your tax covers
continuing paramedic training, the cost of supplies and
equipment and the replacement of ambulance units when
Our goal is to continue to provide state-of-the-art paramedic
care in the Ross Valley. We need your vote to continue this
vital service. Vote YES on Measure R.
Supervisor District 2
Supervisor District 4
ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE R
No argument against Measure R was filed.
FULL TEXT OF MEASURE R
RESOLUTION NO. 2018-65
RESOLUTION OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF MARIN SERVICE AREA NO. 27 CALLING A SPECIAL ELECTION TO BE CONSOLIDATED WITH THE NOVEMBER 6, 2018 GENERAL ELECTION ON A MEASURE ADOPTING AN INCREASE IN A SPECIAL TAX FOR PARAMEDIC SERVICES EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2019; ADOPTING INTENDED BALLOT LANGUAGE; AND AUTHORIZING THE COUNTY REGISTRAR OF VOTERS TO TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION
THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF MARIN DOES HEREBY RESOLVE AS FOLLOWS:
WHEREAS, this Board is the governing Board of County Service Area No. 27 within the unincorporated area of the County of Marin, which Area has extraordinary needs owing to demands upon the services of said Area; and
WHEREAS, a previous election of imposition of special taxes was held in County Service Area No. 27 pursuant to Articles XIIIA and XIIIB of the California Constitution, and Article 3.5, Chapter 1, Part 1, Division 1, Title V (§§ 50075, et seq.) of the California Government Code; and
WHEREAS, the increase in the imposition of said tax is required to meet the cost of paramedic services; and
WHEREAS, the maximum allowable tax was established at $75.00 per residential unit plus a $0.50 County administrative fee, and $75.00 per 1,500 square feet of structure in non-residential use, plus a $0.50 County administrative fee; and
WHEREAS, the Ross Valley Paramedic Tax has been annually levied, and each four years the tax rate reset and approved by election, and is scheduled to expire June 30, 2019.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that this Board hereby calls an election to be consolidated with the November 6, 2018 general election, at which election the issue to be presented to the voters of County Service Area No. 27 is as follows:
COUNTY SERVICE AREA NO. 27
PARAMEDIC SERVICES SPECIAL TAX MEASURE
Shall the measure continuing the special tax for paramedic services for four years in the amount of $79.50 in the first year and increasing $4 annually to a maximum of $91.50 per taxable living unit, or per 1,500 square feet of structure on a developed parcel in nonresidential use, which will annually raise approximately $58,000 beginning in year one, and increasing the appropriations limit by the amount of said tax be adopted?
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that rebuttals shall be received to ballot arguments made by this Board on behalf of said special tax.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the election is consolidated with the statewide general election and any other elections to be held within Marin County on November 6, 2018, and that it include in its proclamation or notice of the election that Article 3 of Chapter 2 of Division 9 of the Elections Code relating to arguments concerning county measures applies, and the County Counsel is directed to prepare an impartial analysis.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that pursuant to Elections Code section 10418, all proceedings related to, connected with, and incidental to the election shall be regulated and performed in accordance with the provisions of law regulating the statewide election.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the special tax if approved by 2/3 vote of the electorate, for the purposes outlined herein, is due from every person who owns a living unit or non-residential structure within this Area as reflected upon the rolls of the County Assessor at the same time ad valorem tax is due and is to be collected in the same manner. The Marin County Tax Collector shall collect the tax and any penalty or interest due hereunder.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that failure of this measure shall not affect the existing special tax, previously authorized by voters effective through June 30, 2019.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if any part of this Resolution is held invalid the remainder of the Resolution shall not be affected.
PASSED AND ADOPTED at a regular meeting of the Board of Supervisors of County Service Area 27, held on the 19th day of June, 2018, by the following vote:
AYES: SUPERVISORS SUPERVISORS Dennis Rodoni, Katie Rice, Judy Arnold, Damon Connolly
ABSENT: SUPERVISOR Kathrin Sears
President, Board of Supervisors
Clerk of the Board