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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

City of San Carlos
Measure NN - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


11,775 votos si (78.15%)

3,292 votos no (21.85%)

To protect the quality of life in San Carlos by providing services and improvements needed to accommodate residents, enhance public safety, community development, parks and recreation programs, street repair and traffic circulation, and for unrestricted general revenue purposes, shall an ordinance be adopted establishing an ongoing excise tax on any cannabis business that opens, up to 10% of gross receipts of each business, estimated to provide approximately $200,000 annually per cannabis business?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Gregory J. Rubens, City Attorney

If approved by the voters, Measure NN would adopt an ordinance that would amend San Carlos Municipal Code Chapter 8.09 to enact an excise tax on cannabis businesses of up to 10% of each cannabis business' gross receipts with funds to be deposited in the City's general fund and used for unrestricted general revenue purposes.

Under this proposed measure, permitted cannabis businesses could be taxed at the rate of up to 10% for each one dollar of a cannabis business gross receipts. This tax may be decreased or increased up to the 10% maximum without a new vote by the City's electorarte. The proposed Cannabis Business Tax is a general tax and therefore the revenues from the tax would be placed in the City's general fund and used for unrestricted revenue purposes as required by law.

Cannabis businesses are defined as those cultivating, transporting, dispensing, naufacturing, producing, processing, preparing, storing, testing, providing, donating, selling, or distributing cannabis or cannabis products by commercial cannabis businesses in the City.  Measure NN does not permit any cannabis business. Before commencing operations, a cannabis business must apply for a commercial cannabis business permit under chapter 8.09 of the City Municipal Code and obtain a conditional use permit for the specific business location from the Planning Division in compliance with the zoning ordinance under Chapter 18 of the City Municipal Code. 

Currently there are no cannabis businesses legally operating in the City of San Carlos. If Measure NN were approved, it is anticipated that a business that received both a commercial cannabis permit and the separately required conditional use permit would generate approximately $200,000 in tax revenue annually.

Measure NN does not change, amend, or affect the city zoning ordinance which specifically does not allow retail cannabis businesses in the City of San Carlos. The proposed cannabis business tax will only be imposed on permitted cannabis businesses and will not be imposed on patients or persons who purchase or acquire cannabis for personal use.

The proposed Cannabis Business Tax is a general tax with the funds to be deposited in the City's general fund used for unrestricted general revenue pruposes. To be approved the voters must adopt Measure NN by a majority (greater than fifty percent - 50% vote).

A "Yes" vote is a vote to adopt the Cannabis Business Tax.

A "No" vote is a vote against adopting the Cannabis Business Tax and there would be no excise tax imposed on cannabis businesses.

This measure was placed on the ballot by a resolution of the City Council and is hereby submitted to the Elections Officials in conformance with Section 9280 of the California Elections  Code.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Measure NN would allow San Carlos to impose a 10% excise tax on cannabis businesses within the city. Late last year San Carlos passed zoning and regulatory changes to enable it to issue permits for medical and recreational cannabis businesses and prohibited retail cannabis establishments. Currently, there are no cannabis businesses in San Carlos.

This measure only conerns the imposition of a tax on cannabis businesses. It does not authorize retail cannabis businesses in San Carlos. Retail establishments are not allowed under the newly updated City Zoning Ordinance. Measure NN simply enables the City to impose up to a tax on permittedc cannabis businesses, up to 10% of their gross receipts.

Measure NN provides financial protection from thei mpact of cannabis businesses. A number of California cities (such as Berkeley, Oakland, Richmond, San Jose, and Santa Cruz) have already passed similar taxes on cannabis businesses to respond to thei mpact on their cities' budget for public safety and code compliance. Measure NN will bring San Carlos in alighment with the best practices of other California cities. Measure NN ensures that any cannabis business operating in San Carlos, should one open, pay its fair share of taxes.

Each allowed cannabis business could potentially generate approximately $200,000 in tax dollars annually. These dollars will fund increasing costs of public safety and code compliance and will also allow for investment in street and traffic improvements, additional free public parking in the downtown, community development, parks, and recreation.

All of Measure NN's revenue will stay here in San Carlos and cannot be taken away by the State.

We respectfully urge residents to Vote "Yes" on Measure NN on Tuesday, November 6th.


/s/ Bob Grassilli, Mayor of San Carlos

/s/ Cameron Johnson, Vice-Mayor of San Carlos 

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