Sample Ballot for June 5, 2018 Election

CITY OF DAVIS

MEASURE I


CITY ATTORNEY'S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE I

Measure I, if approved by two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure, will adopt the Street and Bike Path Maintenance Special Tax (“Tax”). This measure was placed on the ballot by the City Council.

The Tax, as set forth in Ordinance No. 2522, will provide funding for the maintenance, repair and rehabilitation of public streets and bike paths, including ancillary improvements such as traffic lights, curbs and gutters. As a special tax, the tax revenue must be placed in a special fund and can only be used for these purposes and incidental expenses related to these purposes. The City Council is required to designate one or more city commissions to annually review expenditures of these Tax funds and propose expenditures for the next fiscal year. Each designated commission will make recommendations to the City Council for use of the tax revenues by the City, within the allowable Street and Bike Path Tax purposes.

The Measure requires a “maintenance of effort” by the City so that Tax revenue supplements, and does not replace, the funds currently used for street and bike path maintenance. Each year this tax is in effect, the City must designate at least $3 million dollars in the General Fund for the maintenance of effort in order to impose the Tax at the maximum tax rate. If this amount is not budgeted, the tax levy must be reduced so that the total tax revenue does not exceed the total General Fund contribution.

If approved by the voters, the Tax will be imposed on parcels within the City based on the use of the property. For fiscal year 2018-2019 the maximum annual (July1 – June 30) tax rates will be:

Single-family residential $99.00 per unit

Multi-family residential $99.00 per unit

Group Living $40.00 per resident

Commercial $80.00 per 1,000 square feet of Improved Building Space up to a maximum of 10,000 square feet

Industrial $25.86 per employee up to a maximum of 30 employees

Commercial Day Care Facilities $29.90 per 1,000 square feet of Improved Building Space up to a maximum of 10,000 square feet

Vacant Land $99.00 per Assessor's Parcel

Starting fiscal year 2019-20 and each fiscal year thereafter, the maximum tax rates will be increased on July 1 by two percent (2%). For each fiscal year the City Council will set the actual tax rate, which may be lower than the maximum tax rate. The tax rate in any year cannot exceed that year’s maximum tax rate.

Measure I contains exemptions to the tax, including an exemption for public property and a requirement for a low income refund program.

The Tax would be collected with the ad valorem property taxes for each parcel, unless the City later decided to collect the tax with other City taxes and charges.

Measure I would sunset and be repealed on June 30, 2028, and could not be collected after that time unless two- thirds of the voters voting in an election approved an extension or re-authorization of the tax.

/s/ Harriet A. Steiner Davis City Attorney


ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I

Davis is a nice place to live. We have good schools, nice parks, low crime rates and a friendly community.

Measure I will raise funds specifically to repair and maintain our roads, sidewalks and bike paths.

Independent experts have determined that we need to spend approximately $6 million to $8 million per year on an ongoing basis to properly maintain our roads, sidewalks and bike paths.

Historically, the State of California and the Federal Government have provided local communities with substantial funding for road maintenance and repairs. Over the past 15 years, State and Federal funding for local road repairs have diminished substantially.

15 years ago, Davis received nearly 4 million dollars a year from State and Federal sources to assist with road maintenance and repairs. Today we receive less than a ¼ of that.

The City of Davis understands that it is responsible for providing good, well maintained roads and bike paths. As such, the City has begun using general fund money to help accomplish this. From just under $500,000 a few years ago to now over $3 million per year, the City has ramped up its own spending on roads.

However, to close the gap between what we are spending and what we need to spend we need the community’s help. The additional funding that we receive due to the passage of Measure I will be spent in addition to the $3 million per year we are currently spending.

Due to the long term cuts in Federal and State funding, we are asking the residents to approve a $99/year parcel tax. This will allow us to do a better job of fixing and repairing two of our most essential parts of our infrastructure – our roads and bike paths.

Thank you

/s/ Brett Lee, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Davis

/s/ Lucas Frerichs, Councilmember

/s/ Robert Davis, Mayor, City of Davis

/s/ Rochelle Harry Swanson, Councilmember

/s/ Will Arnold, City Councilmember


REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE I

Davis objectively has the worst road conditions in Yolo County. But instead of maintaining our streets over the past decade, the City has chosen to provide unsustainable compensation increases to its employees.

But now there is a large new source of state funds for road maintenance. Last year California passed Senate Bill SB1 – the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 which raises the gasoline tax from $0.24/gallon to $0.417/gallon.

It is estimated this will raise $1.5 billion/year statewide for local street repairs. Davis’ fair share of this money will be about $3,000,000/year - about the same amount as would be raised by this new tax.

The City has not disclosed this new funding source to voters and is instead pleading poverty. Given the City’s profligate past behavior in excessively compensating employees while deferring critical roads maintenance, it has no right to ask voters for $3 million per year while keeping silent on the expected receipt of these millions of new dollars from the state.

The City must at least wait until they more accurately determine exactly how much money will be received from the State before asking for our tax money for the next 10 years!

If state monies are subsequently found to be insufficient to repair our streets, then the City can honestly disclose this and come back to voters with a realistic assessment of our needs.

Until then, this knowing misrepresentation by omission on the part of our City should not be rewarded.

Please Vote “NO” on Measure I

www.DavisTaxProtestVote. Com

/s/ Michael Nolan, Acting President of Yolo County Taxpayers Association

/s/ John Munn, Former Member of the Board of Education of the Davis Joint Unified School District

/s/ Don Price, Emeritus Professor of History, University of California Davis

/s/ Pam Nieberg, Former Co-chair, Yes on Measure O (City of Davis Open Space Ordinance)


ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I

Our City is again asking taxpayers for new money for transportation infrastructure repairs that have been deferred for the past decade so employee salaries could be raised to unsustainable levels.

However, our City is now promising that this time they really will use ALL of the new taxes only for transportation infrastructure needs. Additionally, they promise that now these new taxes,

“...shall not be used to supplant existing funding for street and bike path maintenance improvements. The baseline maintenance of effort budget for this purpose shall be $3,000,000...”

But this promise is hollow. $3,000,000 is actually the annual amount the City is now budgeting only for road repavement alone. But this new tax measure also proposes to fund a wide variety of additional transportation infrastructure repairs including,

“...sidewalks, bike paths, curbs, gutters, street and bike path drainage, signs, striping, and pavement markings, traffic signals and street lighting.”

The current budget for maintenance of all of these other infrastructure needs is an additional $4,550,000 annually. So the City is really only promising to continue spending $3,000,000 annually for road repavement but there is no guarantee they will continue to spend the additional $4,550,000 annually now budgeted for all of our other transportation infrastructure needs.

One might fairly ask if the City has any other spending plans for this $4,550,000 if they do not spend it on transportation infrastructure repairs. Well, on December 19, 2017 Davis Mayor Robb Davis stated,

“...over the next 10-years our pension costs alone are going to go up by over $6,000,000 a year.”

Davis voters have seen years of repeated broken promises by our City about how they will spend our taxes. And now they are using deceptive language in this ballot measure to do it again. Enough is enough!

Please vote “No” on Measure I.

www.DavisTaxProtestVote. com

/s/ Michael Nolan Acting President of Yolo County Taxpayers Association

/s/ John Munn Former President of the Board of Education of the Davis Joint Unified School District

/s/ Don Price Emeritus Professor of History, University of California Davis

/s/ Pam Nieberg Former Co-Chair, Yes on Measure O (City of Davis Open Space Ordinance)


REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I

Over the past 4-5 years the Davis City Council has transparently and comprehensively laid out our City’s infrastructure maintenance needs. We now allocate over $3 million per year to address these needs. This amount is less than half of what is needed annually to maintain roads, streets and sidewalks.

Measure I revenue must be spent exclusively on streets, sidewalks, and bike paths.

It requires the City to maintain its current “level of effort,” meaning that all revenue from the new tax will be added to the $3 million currently being spent and cannot replace it. It cannot be spent on new construction, only on maintaining what we have.

The vast majority of paving and maintenance projects are outsourced to private firms using competitive bidding processes. This reduces costs and assures high quality work. Having a predictable revenue stream means the City can go out to bid at the most propitious moments, further lowering maintenance costs by allowing us to enter the market at the best times.

Less than a quarter of your property taxes are returned to the City to provide for basic city infrastructure. In contrast 100% of the revenue from Measure I stays in the city, making it the most efficient means to raise money to fund critical needs.

Today, government agencies at all levels recognize the critical need to repair aging infrastructure. For only 27 cents per day we can, collectively, demonstrate our commitment to dealing with this challenge in our City.

Thank you.

/s/ Robb Davis Mayor, City of Davis

/s/ Rochelle Swanson Councilmember

/s/ Elaine Roberts Musser Utility Rate Advisory Commissioner

/s/ Kenneth J. Wagstaff Former Mayor, City of Davis

/s/ Dan Wolk Former Mayor, City of Davis