This ballot argument will be published in the official voter pamphlet.
Remember to vote No on Measue E on November 7. Say Enough Already to redundant taxes.
ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE E
Just Say NO to Redundant Taxes.
Starting in 2017, every parcel in the entire Bay Area will pay an annual twenty year, $12 parcel tax to the regional San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority for the same flood control and wetlands protections Measure E claims to address.
Another Tax! Really?
County of Marin homeowners pay the highest average property tax in California. Part of our basic property tax already pays for flood control. Since 1984, we’ve paid an additional annual assessment of up to $37 for single family homes and $200 for multi-family units. Commercial properties currently pay as much as $522. Nearly every property owner’s special flood control tax bill at least doubles under this ill-advised measure.
We Already Pay for Flood Control
We already pay more than $2,000,000 annually for flood control. That doesn’t include our share of the new $25,000,000 regional tax. With over $1,500,000 in reserves, the Flood Zone can fund emergencies, perform repairs and attract State and/or Federal grants. If that’s not enough, the bureaucrats should sharpen their pencils and prioritize safety over pet projects.
Highway 37 Flooding Is Not Our Zone’s Responsibility.
The Zone Engineer reported that Highway 37’s 2017 flood occurred because Caltrans levees failed twice. Keeping Highways passable is the State’s responsibility. California just hiked gas taxes for highway maintenance. Novato’s 2015 sales tax extension covers local road maintenance. Did we mention Measure E is redundant?
Novato property owners already have as many as 11 extra taxes on their property tax bills. And this would add another. There’s no free lunch—parcel taxes drive up rents and only a few low-income seniors might be exempt. We pay our taxes, and now they want a new tax to pay for what they should already be doing.
Learn more at NoNovatoFlood.org
Vote No on Measure E.
Julia Lavaroni – Watchful Citizen
Al Dugan – Former Candidate Marin Board of Supervisors
Toni Shroyer – Businesswoman, Mother
Regina Sun – Watchful Citizen
John Turner-Engineering Firm Owner