Measure K - City of Woodland

Information about the City of Woodland's Measure K submitted to the voters at the November 8, 2022, General Election

 

MEASURE K:

To improve City services, such as law enforcement, parks, youth/senior services, and street repair, and for general government use, shall a measure be adopted enacting a tax on cannabis businesses up to 10% of gross receipts, until ended by voters?

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EXHIBIT “A”
ORDINANCE NO. _____

AN ORDINANCE OF THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF WOODLAND ADDING CHAPTER 3.36 (CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX) TO TITLE 3 (TAXATION AND PURCHASING) OF THE WOODLAND MUNICIPAL CODE ESTABLISHING A TAX ON CANNABIS BUSINESSES OPERATING WITHIN THE CITY OF WOODLAND 

NOW THEREFORE, THE PEOPLE OF THE CITY OF WOODLAND DO ORDAIN AS FOLLOWS:


SECTION 1. Subject to the approval of a majority of the voters of the City of Woodland at the Regular Municipal Election so designated by the City Council in a separate resolution placing the proposal on the ballot for such election, Chapter 3.36 (Cannabis Business Tax) is hereby added to Title 3 (Revenue and Finance) of the Woodland Municipal Code to read as follows:

"Chapter 3.36 CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX
3.36.010 Title.
3.36.020 Authority and purpose.
3.36.030 Intent.
3.36.040 Definitions.
3.36.050 Tax imposed.
3.36.060 Registration, reporting, and remittance of tax.
3.36.070 Payments and communications — timely remittance.
3.36.080 Payment — when taxes deemed delinquent.
3.36.090 Notice not required by City.
3.36.100 Penalties and interest.
3.36.110 Refunds and credits.
3.36.120 Refunds and procedures.
3.36.130 Personal cultivation not taxed.
3.36.140 Administration of the tax.
3.36.150 Appeal procedure.
3.36.160 Enforcement — action to collect.
3.36.170 Apportionment.
3.36.180 Constitutionality and legality.
3.36.190 Audit and examination of premises and records.
3.36.200 Other licenses, permits, taxes or charges.
3.36.210 Payment of tax does not authorize unlawful business.
3.36.220 Deficiency determinations.
3.36.230 Failure to report — nonpayment, fraud.
3.36.240 Tax assessment — notice requirements.
3.36.250 Tax assessment — hearing, application, and determination.
3.36.260 Conviction for violation — taxes not waived.
3.36.270 Violation deemed misdemeanor.
3.36.280 Severability.
3.36.290 Remedies cumulative.
3.36.300 Amendment or repeal.


3.36.010     Title.
This ordinance shall be known as the Cannabis Business Tax Ordinance.

3.36.020     Authority and Purpose.
The purpose of this Ordinance is to adopt a tax, for revenue purposes, pursuant to Sections 37101 and 37100.5 of the California Government Code, upon cannabis businesses that engage in business in the City. The Cannabis Business Tax is levied based upon business gross receipts. It is not a sales and use tax, a tax upon income, or a tax upon real property. The Cannabis Business Tax is a general tax enacted solely for general, governmental purposes of the City and not for specific purposes. All of the proceeds from the tax imposed by this chapter shall be placed in the City's general fund and be available for any lawful municipal purpose.

3.36.030    Intent.
The intent of this Ordinance is to levy a tax on all cannabis businesses that operate in the City, regardless of whether such business would have been legal at the time this chapter was adopted. Nothing in this chapter shall be interpreted to authorize or permit any business activity that would not otherwise be legal or permissible under laws applicable to the activity at the time the activity is undertaken.

3.36.040     Definitions.
The following words and phrases shall have the meanings set forth below when used in this chapter:

A. "Business" shall include all activities engaged in or caused to be engaged in within the City, including any commercial or industrial enterprise, trade, profession, occupation, vocation, calling, or livelihood, whether or not carried on for gain or profit, but shall not include the services rendered by an employee to his or her employer.

B. "Calendar year" means January 1 through December 31, of the same year.

C. "Cannabis" means all or any parts of the plant Cannabis sativa Linnaeus, Cannabis indica, or Cannabis ruderalis, whether growing or not; the seeds thereof; the resin, whether crude or purified, extracted from any part of the plant; and every compound, manufacture, salt, derivative, mixture, or preparation of the plant, its seeds, or resin. “Cannabis” also means the separated resin, whether crude or purified, obtained from cannabis, and cannabis as defined by Section 11018 of the California Health and Safety Code, as it may be amended. For purposes of this chapter, “cannabis” means and includes both cannabis for medical purposes and non-medical, “adult-use” purposes, unless otherwise specified. Cannabis does not include industrial hemp.

D. "Cannabis product" means raw cannabis that has undergone a process whereby the raw agricultural product has been transformed into a concentrate, an edible product, or a topical product. "Cannabis product" also means cannabis products as defined by Section 11018.1 of the California Health and Safety Code and is not limited to medicinal cannabis products.

E. "Cannabis business" means a business activity, including, but not limited to, planting, cultivation, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, storing, packaging, distributing, researching, testing, providing, or selling wholesale and/or retail sales of cannabis. A cannabis business includes any facility, building structure, or location, expressly including dispensaries and deliveries, and shall expressly include those commercial cannabis activities authorized and/or licensed by State law.

F. "Cannabis business permit" means a permit issued by the City to a person pursuant to Chapter 5.28 to authorize that person to operate or engage in a cannabis business within the City.

G. "Cannabis business tax" or "business tax," means the tax due pursuant to this chapter for engaging in a cannabis business in the City.

H. "Cannabis cultivation" means any activity involving the planting, growing, harvesting, drying, curing, grading, or trimming of cannabis licensed by the State and intended for commercial sale. For purposes of this chapter, cannabis cultivation does not mean or include personal cultivation of cannabis regulated by Chapter 17.108.

I. "Employee" means each and every person engaged in the operation or conduct of any business, whether as owner, member of the owner's family, partner, associate, agent, manager or solicitor, and each and every other person employed or working in such business for a wage, salary, commission, barter or any other form of compensation.

J. "Engaged in a cannabis business" means the commencing, conducting, operating, managing or carrying on of a cannabis business, whether done as owner, or by means of an officer, agent, manager, employee, or otherwise, whether operating from a fixed location in the City or coming into the City from an outside location to engage in such activities. A person shall be deemed engaged in business within the City if:

1. Such person or person's employee maintains a fixed place of business within the City for the benefit or partial benefit of such person;

2. Such person or person's employee owns or leases real property within the City for business purposes;

3. Such person or person's employee regularly maintains a stock of tangible personal property in the City for sale in the ordinary course of business;

4. Such person or person's employee regularly conducts solicitation of business within the City; or

5. Such person or person's employee performs work or renders services in the City.

The foregoing specified activities shall not be a limitation on the meaning of "engaged in business."

K. "Evidence of doing business" means evidence such as, without limitation, use of signs, circulars, cards or any other advertising media, including the use of internet or telephone solicitation, or representation to a government agency or to the public that such person is engaged in a cannabis business in the City.

L. "Gross Receipts," means the total amount actually received or receivable from sales and the total amounts actually received or receivable for the performance of any act or service, of whatever nature it may be, for which a charge is made or credit allowed, whether or not such act or service is done as a part of or in connection with the sale of materials, goods, wares or merchandise. Included in “gross receipts” shall be all receipts, cash, credits and property of any kind or nature, without any deduction therefrom on account of the cost of the property sold, all cost of materials used, labor or service costs, interest paid or losses or other expenses. The following shall not be included in the definition of “Gross Receipts”: (1) Cash discounts allowed and taken on sales; (2) Such part of the sale price of property returned by purchasers upon rescission of the contact of sales as is refunded either in cash or by credit; and (3) Receipts of refundable deposits, except that refundable deposits forfeited an taken into income of the business shall not be excluded.

M. "Nursery" means a facility or part of a facility that is used only for producing clones, immature plants, seeds, and other agricultural products used specifically for the planting, propagation, and cultivation of cannabis.

N. "Person" means an individual, firm, partnership, joint venture, association, corporation, limited liability company, estate, trust, business trust, receiver, syndicate, or any other group or combination acting as a unit, whether organized as a nonprofit or for-profit entity, and includes the plural as well as the singular number.

O. "Processing" means a cultivation site that conducts only trimming, drying, curing, grading, packaging, or labeling of cannabis and non-manufactured cannabis products.

P. “Retail Sale,” "Sale," "Sell" and "to sell" means and includes any retail sale, exchange, or barter. It shall also mean any transaction whereby, for any consideration, title to cannabis, cannabis products are transferred from one person to another and includes the delivery of cannabis and/or cannabis products pursuant to an order placed for the purchase of the same, but does not include the return of cannabis and/or cannabis products to the licensee from whom the cannabis and/or cannabis product was purchased.

Q. "State" means the State of California.

R. "State license," "license," or "registration" means a state license issued pursuant to California Business & Professions Code Section 26050, and all other applicable state laws, required for operating a cannabis business.

S. "Tax Administrator" means the Director of Finance of the City of Woodland or his or her designee.

T. "Testing Laboratory" means a cannabis business that (i) offers or performs tests of cannabis and/or cannabis products, (ii) offers no service other than such tests, (iii) sells no products, excepting only testing supplies and materials, (iv) is accredited by an accrediting body that is independent from all other persons involved in the cannabis industry in the state and (v) is registered with the Bureau of Cannabis Control or other state agency.

3.36.050 Tax Imposed.
A. Beginning July 1, 2023, there is imposed upon each person who is engaged in business as a cannabis business a cannabis business tax. Such tax is payable regardless of whether the business has been issued a business license or cannabis business permit to operate lawfully in the City or is operating unlawfully. The City's acceptance of a cannabis business tax payment from a cannabis business operating illegally shall not constitute the City's approval or consent to such illegal operations.

B. The tax rate for a cannabis business tax shall be ten percent (10%) of gross receipts generated by that cannabis business activity.

C. Notwithstanding the tax rate imposed in subsection (B), the city council may, in its discretion, at any time by resolution implement any lower tax rate it deems appropriate, and may by resolution increase such tax rate from time to time, not to exceed the maximum rate established under subsection (B).

3.36.060     Registration, reporting and remittance of tax. 
A. Registration of Cannabis Business. All cannabis businesses shall be required to annually register as follows:

1. All persons engaging in business as a cannabis business, whether an existing, newly established or acquired business shall register with the Tax Administrator within thirty (30) days of commencing operation and shall annually renew such registration within 30 days of the business registration of each year thereafter. In registering, such persons shall furnish to the Tax Administrator a sworn statement, upon a form provided by the Tax Administrator, setting forth the following information:
a. The name of the business;
b. The names and addresses of each owner;
c. The exact nature or kind of business;
d. The place where such business is to be carried on; and
e. Any additional information which the Tax Administrator may require.

B. The cannabis business tax imposed by this chapter shall be paid, in arrears, on a monthly basis. Each person owing a cannabis business tax each calendar month shall, no later than the fifteenth day following the close of the calendar month, file with the Tax Administrator a statement ("tax statement") of the tax owed for that calendar month and the basis for calculating that tax. The Tax Administrator may require that the tax statement be submitted on a form prescribed by the Tax Administrator. The tax for each calendar month shall be due and payable on that same date that the tax statement for the calendar month is due.

C. Upon cessation of a cannabis business, tax statements and payments shall be immediately due for all calendar months up to the calendar month during which cessation occurred.

D. The Tax Administrator may, at his or her discretion, establish alternative reporting and payment periods for any taxpayer as the Tax Administrator deems necessary to ensure effective collection of the cannabis business tax. The Tax Administrator may also require that a deposit, to be applied against the taxes for a calendar month, be made by a taxpayer at the beginning of that calendar month. In no event shall the deposit required by the Tax Administrator exceed the tax amount he or she projects will be owed by the taxpayer for the calendar month. The Tax Administrator may require that a taxpayer make payments via a cashier's check, money order, wire transfer, or similar instrument.

3.36.070     Payments and communications - timely remittance.
Whenever any payment, statement, report, request or other communication is due, it must be received by the Tax Administrator on or before the final due date. A postmark will not be accepted as timely remittance. If the due date would fall on a Friday, Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday observed by the City, the due date shall be the next regular business day on which the City is open to the public.

3.36.080     Payment - when taxes deemed delinquent.
Unless otherwise specifically provided under other provisions of this chapter, the taxes required to be paid pursuant to this chapter shall be deemed delinquent if not received by the Tax Administrator on or before the due date as specified in Sections 3.36.060 and 3.36.070.

3.36.090    Notice not required by the City.
The City may as a courtesy send a tax notice to the cannabis business which owes the City a cannabis business tax. However, the Tax Administrator is not required to send a delinquency or other notice or bill to any person subject to the provisions of this chapter. Failure to send such notice or bill shall not affect the validity of any tax or penalty due under the provisions of this chapter.

3.36.100     Penalties and interest.
A. Any person who fails or refuses to pay any cannabis business tax required to be paid pursuant to this chapter on or before the due date shall pay penalties and interest as follows:

1. A penalty equal to ten percent (10%) of the amount of the tax, in addition to the amount of the tax, plus interest on the unpaid tax calculated from the due date of the tax at the rate of one percent (1.0%) per month.
2. If the tax remains unpaid for a period exceeding one calendar month beyond the due date, an additional penalty equal to twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount of the tax, plus interest at the rate of one percent (1.0%) per month on the unpaid tax and on the unpaid penalties.
3. Interest shall be applied at the rate of one percent (1.0%) per month on the first day of the month for the full month and will continue to accrue monthly on the tax and penalty until the balance is paid in full.

B. Whenever a check or electronic payment is submitted in payment of a cannabis business tax and the payment is subsequently returned unpaid by the bank for any reason, the taxpayer will be liable for the tax amount due plus any fees, penalties and interest as provided for in this chapter, and any other amount allowed under state law.

3.36.110     Refunds and credits.
A. No refund shall be made of any tax collected pursuant to this chapter, except as provided in Section 3.36.120.

B. No refund of any tax collected pursuant to this chapter shall be made because of the discontinuation, dissolution, or other termination of a business.

3.36.120     Refunds and procedures.
A. Whenever the amount of any cannabis business tax, penalty or interest has been overpaid, paid more than once, or has been erroneously collected or received by the City under this chapter, it may be refunded to the claimant who paid the tax provided that a written claim for refund is filed with the Tax Administrator within one (1) year of the date the tax was originally due or paid, whichever came first.

B. The Tax Administrator, his or her designee or any other City officer charged with the administration of this chapter shall have the right to examine and audit all the books and business records of the claimant in order to determine the eligibility of the claimant to the claimed refund. No claim for refund shall be allowed if the claimant refuses to allow such examination of claimant's books and business records after request by the Tax Administrator to do so.

C. In the event that the cannabis business tax was erroneously paid in an amount in excess of the tax due, and the error is attributable to the City, the City shall refund the amount of tax erroneously paid; provided that (i) a claim for refund has been timely filed with the Tax Administrator; and (ii) the refund cannot exceed, under any circumstance, the amount of tax overpaid during the twelve months preceding the last month for which the claim states the tax was overpaid.

3.36.130     Personal Cultivation Not Taxed.
The provisions of this chapter shall not apply to personal cannabis cultivation or personal use of cannabis, to the extent those activities are authorized in the "Medicinal and Adult Use Cannabis Regulation and Safety Act," as may be amended. This chapter shall not apply to personal use of cannabis that is specifically exempted from state licensing requirements, that meets the definition of personal use or equivalent terminology under state law, and provided that the individual receives no compensation whatsoever related to that personal cultivation or use.

3.36.140     Administration of the tax.
A. It shall be the duty of the Tax Administrator to collect the taxes, penalties, fees, and perform the duties required by this chapter.

B. For purposes of administration and enforcement of this chapter generally, the Tax Administrator may from time to time promulgate such administrative interpretations, rules, and procedures consistent with the purpose, intent, and express terms of this chapter as he or she deems necessary to implement or clarify such provisions or aid in enforcement.

C. The Tax Administrator may take such administrative actions as needed to administer the cannabis business tax, including but not limited to:

1. Provide to all cannabis business taxpayers forms for the reporting of the tax;
2. Provide information to any taxpayer concerning the provisions of this chapter;
3. Receive and record all taxes remitted to the City as provided in this chapter;
4. Maintain records of taxpayer reports and taxes collected pursuant to this chapter;
5. Assess penalties and interest to taxpayers pursuant to this chapter;
6. Determine amounts owed under and enforce collection pursuant to this chapter.

3.36.150     Appeal procedure.
Any taxpayer aggrieved by any decision of the Tax Administrator with respect to the amount of tax, interest, penalties and fees, if any, due under this chapter may appeal to the City Manager by filing a notice of appeal with the City Clerk within thirty (30) calendar days of the serving or mailing of the Tax Administrator's determination of the amount due. The City Clerk, or his or her designee, shall fix a time and place for hearing such appeal, and the City Clerk, or his or her designee, shall give notice in writing to such operator at the last known place of address. The finding of the City Manager shall be final and conclusive and shall be served upon the appellant in the manner prescribed by this section 3.36.150 for service of notice of hearing. Any amount found to be due shall be immediately due and payable upon the service of the notice.

3.36.160     Enforcement - action to collect.
Any taxes, penalties and/or fees required to be paid under the provisions of this chapter shall be deemed a debt owed to the City. Any person owing money to the City under the provisions of this chapter shall be liable in an action brought in the name of the City for the recovery of such debt. The provisions of this section shall not be deemed a limitation upon the right of the City to bring any other action including criminal, civil and equitable actions, based upon the failure to pay the tax, penalties and/or fees imposed by this chapter or the failure to comply with any of the provisions of this chapter.

3.36.170     Apportionment.
If a business subject to the tax is operating both within and outside the City, it is the intent of the City to apply the cannabis business tax so that the measure of the tax fairly reflects the proportion of the taxed activity actually carried on in the City. To the extent federal or state law requires that any tax due from any taxpayer be apportioned, the taxpayer may indicate said apportionment on his or her tax return. The Tax Administrator may promulgate administrative procedures for apportionment as he or she finds useful or necessary.

3.36.180     Constitutionality and legality.
This tax is intended to be applied in a manner consistent with the United States and California Constitutions and state law. None of the tax provided for by this chapter shall be applied in a manner that causes an undue burden upon interstate commerce, a violation of the equal protection or due process clauses of the Constitutions of the United States or the State of California or a violation of any other provision of the California Constitution or state law. If a person believes that the tax, as applied to him or her, is impermissible under applicable law, he or she may request
that the Tax Administrator release him or her from the obligation to pay the impermissible portion of the tax.

3.36.190     Audit and examination of premises and records.
A. For the purpose of ascertaining the amount of cannabis business tax owed or verifying any representations made by any taxpayer to the City in support of his or her tax calculation, the Tax Administrator shall have the power to inspect any location where any cannabis business occurs and to audit and examine all books and records (including, but not limited to bookkeeping records, state and federal income tax returns, and other records relating to the gross receipts of the business) of persons engaged in cannabis businesses. In conducting such investigation, the Tax Administrator shall have the power to inspect any equipment, such as computers or point of sale machines, that may contain such records.

B. It shall be the duty of every person liable for the collection and payment to the City of any tax imposed by this chapter to keep and preserve, for a period of at least three (3) years, all records as may be necessary to determine the amount of such tax as he or she may have been liable for the collection of and payment to the City, which records the Tax Administrator or his/her designee shall have the right to inspect at all reasonable times.

3.36.200     Other licenses, permits, taxes, fees or charges.
A. Nothing contained in this chapter shall be deemed to repeal, amend, be in lieu of, replace or in any way affect any requirements for any cannabis business permit, conditional use permit or City license required by, under or by virtue of any provision of any other Title or Chapter of this code or any other ordinance or resolution of the City, nor be deemed to repeal, amend, be in lieu of, replace or in any way affect any tax, fee or other charge imposed, assessed or required under any other Title or Chapter of this code or any other ordinance or resolution of the City. Any references made or contained in any other Title or Chapter of this code to any licenses, license taxes, fees, or charges, or to any schedule of license fees, shall be deemed to refer to the licenses, license taxes, fees or charges, or schedule of license fees, provided for in other Titles or Chapters of this code.

B. The Tax Administrator may revoke or refuse to renew the license required by Chapter 5.28 of this code for any business that is delinquent in the payment of any tax due pursuant to this section or that fails to make a deposit required by the Tax Administrator pursuant to Section 3.36.060. A cannabis business permit issued under the Woodland Municipal Code may be revoked, suspended or not renewed in the event that the business holding that permit has failed to (i) make a deposit required by the Tax Administrator pursuant to Section 3.36.060 or (ii) timely pay all taxes, interest and penalties owed by that business under this chapter.

3.36.210     Payment of tax does not authorize unlawful business.
A. The payment of a cannabis business tax required by this chapter, and its acceptance by the City, shall not entitle any person to carry on any cannabis business unless the person has complied with all of the requirements of this code and all other applicable state laws.

B. No tax paid under the provisions of this chapter shall be construed as authorizing the conduct or continuance of any illegal or unlawful business, or any business in violation of any local or state law.

3.36.220     Deficiency determinations.
If the Tax Administrator is not satisfied that any statement filed as required under the provisions of this chapter is correct, or that the amount of tax is correctly computed, he or she may compute and determine the amount to be paid and make a deficiency determination upon the basis of the facts contained in the statement or upon the basis of any information in his or her possession or that may come into his or her possession within three (3) years of the date the tax was originally due and payable. One or more deficiency determinations of the amount of tax due for a period or periods may be made. When a person ceases engaging in a cannabis business, a deficiency determination may be made at any time within three (3) years thereafter as to any liability arising from engaging in such cannabis business whether or not a deficiency determination is issued prior to the date the tax would otherwise be due. Whenever a deficiency determination is made, a notice shall be given to the person concerned in the same manner as notices of assessment are given under Section 3.36.240.

3.36.230     Failure to report—nonpayment, fraud.
A. Under any of the following circumstances, the Tax Administrator may make and give notice of an assessment of the amount of tax owed by a person under this chapter at any time:

1. If the person has not filed a complete statement required under the provisions of this chapter;
2. If the person has not paid the tax due under the provisions of this chapter;
3. If the person has not, after demand by the Tax Administrator, filed a corrected statement, or furnished to the Tax Administrator adequate substantiation of the information contained in a statement already filed, or paid any additional amount of tax due under the provisions of this chapter; or
4. If the Tax Administrator determines that the nonpayment of any cannabis business tax due under this chapter is due to fraud, a penalty of twenty-five percent (25%) of the amount of the tax shall be added thereto in addition to penalties and interest otherwise payable under this chapter and any other penalties allowed by law.

B. The notice of assessment shall separately set forth the amount of any tax known by the Tax Administrator to be due or estimated by the Tax Administrator, after consideration of all information within the Tax Administrator's knowledge concerning the business and activities of the person assessed, to be due under each applicable provision of this chapter and shall include
the amount of any penalties or interest accrued on each amount to the date of the notice of assessment.

3.36.240     Tax assessment - notice requirements.
The notice of assessment shall be served upon the person either by personal delivery, by overnight delivery by a nationally-recognized courier service, or by a deposit of the notice in the United States mail, postage prepaid thereon, addressed to the person at the address of the location of the business or to such other address as he or she shall register with the Tax Administrator for the purpose of receiving notices provided under this chapter; or, should the person have no address registered with the Tax Administrator for such purpose, then to such person's last known address. For the purpose of Section 3.36.240, a service by overnight delivery shall be deemed to have occurred one (1) calendar day following deposit with a courier and service by mail shall be deemed to have occurred three (3) days following deposit in the United States mail.

3.36.250     Tax assessment - hearing, application and determination.
Within thirty (30) calendar days after the date of service of the notice of assessment the person may apply in writing to the Tax Administrator for a hearing on the assessment. If application for a hearing before the City is not made within the time herein prescribed, the tax assessed by the Tax Administrator shall become final and conclusive. Within thirty (30) calendar days of the receipt of any such application for hearing, the Tax Administrator shall cause the matter to be set for hearing before him or her no later than thirty (30) calendar days after the receipt of the application, unless a later date is agreed to by the Tax Administrator and the person requesting the hearing. Notice of such hearing shall be given by the Tax Administrator to the person requesting such hearing not later than five (5) calendar days prior to such hearing. At such hearing said applicant may appear and offer evidence why the assessment as made by the Tax Administrator should not be confirmed and fixed as the tax due. After such hearing the Tax Administrator shall determine and reassess (if necessary) the proper tax to be charged and shall give written notice to the person in the manner prescribed in Section 3.36.240 for giving notice of assessment.

3.36.260     Conviction for violation - taxes not waived.
The conviction and punishment of any person for failure to pay the required tax shall not excuse or exempt such person from any civil action for the tax debt unpaid at the time of such conviction. No civil action shall prevent a criminal prosecution for any violation of the provisions of this chapter or of any state law requiring the payment of all taxes.

3.36.270     Violation deemed misdemeanor.
Any person violating any of the provisions of this chapter shall be guilty of a misdemeanor.

3.36.280     Severability.
If any provision of this chapter, or its application to any person or circumstance, is determined by a court of competent jurisdiction to be unlawful, unenforceable or otherwise void, that determination shall have no effect on any other provision of this chapter or the application of this chapter to any other person or circumstance and, to that end, the provisions hereof are severable.

3.36.290     Remedies cumulative.
All remedies and penalties prescribed by this chapter or which are available under any other provision of this code and any other provision of law or equity are cumulative. The use of one or more remedies by the City shall not bar the use of any other remedy for the purpose of enforcing the provisions of this chapter.

3.36.300     Amendment or repeal.
Except as set forth in this section 3.36.320, this chapter, or any section of this chapter, may be amended, modified, temporarily suspended, or repealed by the City Council without a vote of the people. However, as required by Article XIIIC of the California Constitution, voter approval is required for any amendment that would expand, extend, or increase the rate or methodology of any tax levied pursuant to this chapter. The people of the City of Woodland affirm that the following actions shall not constitute an increase of the rate or methodology of a tax:

A. The restoration or adjustment of the rate of the tax to a rate that is no higher than that allowed by this chapter, in those circumstances where, among others, the City Council has previously acted to reduce the rate of the tax or is incrementally implementing an increase authorized by this chapter;

B. An action that interprets or clarifies (i) the methodology of applying or calculating the tax or (ii) any definition applicable to the tax, so long as the interpretation or clarification (even if contrary to some prior interpretation or clarification) is not inconsistent with the provisions of this chapter; or

C. The collection of the tax imposed by this chapter even if the City had, for some period of time, suspended or failed to collect the tax.

SECTION 2. Pursuant to Article XIIIB of the California Constitution, the appropriation limit for the City of Woodland will be increased by the maximum projected aggregate collection authorized by the levy of this general tax, as indicated in Section 1, in each of the years covered by this Ordinance plus the amount, if any, by which the appropriation limit is decreased by law as a result of the levy of the general tax set forth in this Ordinance.


SECTION 3. If any portion of this Ordinance is declared invalid by a court of law or other legal body with applicable authority, the invalidity shall not affect or prohibit the force and effect of any other provision or application of the Ordinance that is not deemed invalid. The voters of the City hereby declare that they would have circulated for qualification and/or voted for the adoption of this Ordinance, and each portion thereof, regardless of the fact that any portion of the initiative may be subsequently deemed invalid.


SECTION 4. Pursuant to California Constitution Article XIIIC §(2)(b) and California Elections Code §9217, this Ordinance shall take effect only if approved by a majority of the eligible voters of the City of Woodland voting at the Regular Municipal Election to be held on November 8, 2022, and shall take effect ten (10) days after the City Council has certified the results of the Regular Municipal Election by resolution.


SECTION 5. The Mayor is hereby authorized to attest to the adoption of this Ordinance by the People voting thereon on November 8, 2022, by signing where indicated below.
I hereby certify that the foregoing Ordinance was PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the people of the City of Woodland on the 8th day of November 2022.


Mayra Vega, Mayor

ATTEST: Ana B. Gonzalez, City Clerk 

APPROVED AS TO FORM: Ethan Walsh, City Attorney

Impartial Analysis of Measure K

CITY OF WOODLAND
CITY ATTORNEY'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE "K"
CANNABIS BUSINESS TAX


On June 21, 2022, the City Council voted to place Measure "K" on the November 8, 2022 general municipal election ballot.

If approved by a majority of Woodland voters, this Measure would add Chapter 3.36 (Cannabis Business Tax) to the Woodland Municipal Code and enact a tax on cannabis businesses operating within the City at a rate of 10% of gross receipts generated by the cannabis business. The proposed tax does not apply to the use of cannabis or the cultivation of cannabis for personal use as authorized under state law.

Voter approval would be required to increase the maximum tax rate or change the tax methodology established in Chapter 3.36. However, the City Council would be authorized to amend the regulatory scheme without voter approval, including lowering the tax rate or setting differential tax rates for the various categories of cannabis businesses, provided that it does not exceed the maximum rate of 10% of gross receipts. This local tax is in addition to taxes collected by the State from cannabis businesses.

State law allows cities to determine whether to allow cannabis businesses to operate in their jurisdiction. Chapters 5 .28 and 17 .110 of the Woodland Municipal Code allow for a maximum of six non-retail cannabis businesses within the City, which may include manufacturing facilities, distribution activities, cultivation and testing laboratories, and further allow for the issuance of a maximum of four cannabis retail permits for storefront sales of cannabis products within the City. All of these businesses will be subject to the tax.

This tax would be a "general tax". Thus, revenues raised from the tax would go into the City's general fund to pay for any lawful City program, improvement, or service, such as law enforcement, parks and youth/senior services, street repair, and other general services. 

If approved, the City would begin to collect the tax starting on July 1, 2023. The tax would remain in effect until repealed by Woodland voters voting at a subsequent election. 

A "yes" vote on Measure "K" will authorize the cannabis business tax.

A "no" vote on Measure "K" will not authorize the cannabis business tax.


The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure "K". If you desire a copy of the Measure, please call the City's elections official at (530) 661-5806 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.


/s/ ETHAN WALSH
City Attorney

Argument in Favor of Measure K

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE K

Vote YES on Measure K to enact a reasonable tax on local cannabis businesses. Measure K will ensure that Woodland properly supports and regulates our cannabis industry while continuing to invest in important public services including public safety, street repairs, parks and recreation, and youth services.

Join your entire Woodland City Council in voting YES on Measure K.

/s/ Mayra Vega, Mayor
Woodland City Council

Argument Against Measure K - None submitted