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November 8, 2016 — Elección General de California
Boleta y información de la votación para el Mendocino County.
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Mental Health InitiativeInitiative Statute

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November 8, 2016Elección General de California

Mendocino County
Measure AG Initiative Statute - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

24,190 votos si (66.22%)

12,342 votos no (33.78%)

  • 100% de distritos activos (250/250).
  • 36,532 boletas electorales serán contadas.

Shall an initiative of the people of the County of Mendocino to add a temporary half-cent sales tax to fund facilities in Mendocino County to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of mental health and drug dependence be approved?

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

This ballot measure seeks voter approval for the adoption of a Mental Health Facility Development Initiative which would temporarily impose a special one-half of one percent (0.5%) sales tax applicable in both the unincorporated and incorporated areas of the County of Mendocino.  On a purchase of one hundred dollars ($100.00), the increase would be fifty cents ($.50) in the unincorporated areas, and fifty cents ($.50) in the cities.  The tax imposed will automatically sunset and will no longer be collected five (5) years after it becomes operative.

The voters of the Cities of Willits, Ukiah, Point Arena, and Fort Bragg previously adopted sales tax increases applicable to the incorporated areas of those cities.  If approved by two-thirds of the voters, this measure would result in increasing the total sales tax in the unincorporated area of the County from 7.625% to 8.125%, the total sales tax in the Cities of Willits, Ukiah and Point Arena from 8.125% to 8.625%, and the total sales tax in the City of Fort Bragg from 8.625% to 9.125%.

  The County currently receives 1% of the 7.625% sales tax (0.25% goes to County transportation funds and 0.75% goes into the County general fund for County operations).  State law allows the electorate to seek voter approval for this additional half cent (0.5%) special sales tax.  Revenue from this tax will be placed into a special fund to be used only for the planning, preparation, development, furnishing and maintenance of facilities that would provide mental health services.  Ten percent (10%) of those funds would be used for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a public safety/mental health training facility.  Under existing State law, these funds may not be diverted by the State for any other use.

  The tax will be administered by the California State Board of Equalization pursuant to a contract with the County, and can only be administered if Measure AH also passes.  Because of the time required by the State to begin collecting the tax, the measure does not become operative until 110 days after it is approved by the voters.

  The funds produced by this special tax are to be reviewed by an independent oversight committee composed of eleven members.

  This initiative was placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters. 

  This initiative must be adopted by two-thirds (2/3) of the voters.

 

  A YES vote will be a vote in favor of adoption of the proposed initiative.

  A NO vote will be a vote against the adoption of the proposed initiative.

— County Counsel

Efectos fiscales

This measure would increase the sales tax collected in Mendocino County by one-half of one cent per dollar (0.50%) of taxable sales.

Based on records from the State Board of Equalization for the period of January 2015 through December 2015, taxable sales throughout Mendocino County amounted to $1,372,914,200.  Applying a 0.50% additional sales tax to that amount would yield approximately $6,864,571 in additional annual revenue.  Over the five-year life of the measure, based on the current taxable spending in the county, the county would receive additional funding in excess of $34,320,000.

Expenditures:

These funds shall be kept in a special fund and used exclusively for the development and maintenance of a county-designed Mental Health Facility.  Ten (10) percent of the funds raised shall be used for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a public safety/mental health training facility.

None of the funds generated under this measure can be used to pay for the staffing or operations of the Mental Health facility.

Staffing and operating costs for a facility of this size can vary depending on the type of operation.  A preliminary estimate prepared by the County Executive Office indicates the General Fund could be responsible for an additional cost of $4,800,000 per year based on the County operating the facility.  The report goes on to state that there are currently several opportunities for public-private partnerships that could significantly reduce this estimate.

— County Auditor-Controller

Argumento A FAVOR

With the closure of the Psychiatric Health Facility (PHF) in 2000, basic Mental Health services in Mendocino County have systematically declined.  The fact that law enforcement officers are used as the first line of Mental Health services in Mendocino County needs to be corrected.  Providing local essential Mental Health services for all of our citizens is not only required, it is the right thing to do.

Measure AG will build essential infrastructure to allow services to be delivered in Mendocino County.  Measure AG will only increase the sales tax in Mendocino County by ½ of a percent for 5 years.  It will establish essential funding to develop facilities that will provide services throughout Mendocino County.  By developing these facilities, we will see an improvement in Mental Health treatment, family involvement and an overall improvement in the quality of life throughout Mendocino County.

Developing a Psychiatric Treatment Facility, Crisis Residential Treatment Centers and a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center will vastly improve Mental Health services in Mendocino County.  Working with the Veterans Administration, we will improve Mental Health services for our veterans.  By providing early treatment to our most vulnerable citizens, we will witness a decrease of mentally ill inmates in our jail and a decrease of people in psychiatric crisis in our Hospital Emergency Rooms and on our streets.

Measure AG is supported by Emergency Room physicians, mental health professionals, law enforcement, firefighters and families of people with mental illness.  This temporary (5 year) tax will fund the development of a state of the art training center for mental health professionals and first responders.  An independent 11 person Commission will review all expenditures for the development of this critically needed infrastructure.

Please also support Measure AH which will allow Measure AG to be enacted.

Measure AG: A Temporary Tax For A Permanent Solution

www.revivementalhealthservices.com

s/Tom Allman

Sheriff-Coroner

 

s/Jonathan Lehan

Superior Court Judge (Ret.)

s/Marvin Trotter, MD

ER Physician

s/Barbara Newell, Ph.D.

CEO – Businesswoman

 

s/Peter R. Bushby

Fire Captain

 

 

 

— Sheriff Tom Allman, Superior Court Judge Jonathan Lehan (Ret.), Marvin Trotter, MD & ER physician, & 2 more

Argumento EN CONTRA

No argument against this measure was submitted.

— Sheriff Tom Allman, Superior Court Judge Jonathan Lehan (Ret.), Marvin Trotter, MD & ER physician, & 2 more

Legislación propuesta

The purpose of this initiative is revitalizing Mental Health Services throughout Mendocino County.  The purpose is to initiate a temporary (5 year) ½ cent sales tax in all parts of Mendocino County to develop facilities in Mendocino County to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of Mental Illness and addiction recovery.  The initiative includes a portion of the funds to develop and maintain a training facility to be used by mental health professionals, public safety professionals and citizens to better serve the citizens in Mendocino County.

This initiative impresses upon the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors that the treatment of mentally ill citizens is a priority, and that this priority should be reflected in the staffing and budgeting of Mental Health Services.

These sales tax proceeds, and any interest or penalties collected that relate to this tax, shall be deposited into a special fund of the county treasury and used exclusively for the planning, preparation, development, furnishing and maintenance of county-designated facilities that will provide mental health services.  No funds may be used for other incidental but necessary purposes, including the staffing of such facility.

10% of the funds shall be used for the purpose of establishing and maintaining a public safety/mental health training facility which will be used for training first responders and mental health professionals in proper and modern mental health methods of treatment techniques.  These funds shall be deposited into a special fund of the county treasury and used exclusively for the planning, preparation, development, furnishing and maintenance of county-designated facilities that will provide education and training services for Public Safety employees, Mental Health professionals and citizens.  No funds may be used for other incidental but necessary purposes, including the staffing of such facility.

The funds approved for the revitalization of these services shall be reviewed (Prior to expenditure) by a politically independent oversight committee.  This committee shall be comprised of a citizen selected by each member of the Mendocino County Board of Supervisors, a Member of the Behavioral Health Advisory Board, The Mental Health Director or his/her representative, The Elected County Auditor or his/her Representative, The Mendocino County CEO or his/her Representative and the Sheriff or his/her Representative.  The final member of the 11 person oversight committee shall be a representative of a Mendocino Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

 

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