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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California
Distrito especial

Valley Center Fire Protection District
Measure SS Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

4,512 votos si (58.1%)

3,255 votos no (41.9%)

100% de distritos activos (15/15).

8,247 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To improve and maintain Valley Center Fire Protection District's essential fire protection/emergency medical services; reduce fire/9-1-1 response times; recruit/retain qualified firefighters/paramedics and personnel, provide living wages; replace aging, lifesaving equipment; build a fire station, helping lower homeowner/business fire insurance rates, shall Valley Center Fire Protection District Ordinance #2018-01 approving an annual special parcel tax of $180 per parcel, providing approximately $1,228,000 a year until ended by voters; with low-income senior exemptions, and independent oversight/audits, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

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

Un voto por el SÍ significa

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of establishing a special tax for the purposes of funding fire protection and suppression, and emergency services.

Un voto por el NO significa

A "NO" vote is a vote against establishing a special tax for the purposes of funding fire protection and suppression, and emergency services.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

San Diego County Counsel

VALLEY CENTER FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT
SPECIAL TAX ELECTION

COUNTY COUNSEL IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS

This measure was placed on the ballot by the governing board of the Valley Center Fire Protection District ("District"). If approved by two-thirds of the voters voting on the measure, this measure would establish an annual special tax on all taxable real property within the District.

This measure requests voters approve special taxes to be levied annually commencing July 1, 2019 in the amount of $180.00 per taxable assessor's parcel until repealed by the District or the voters. Any property owner aged 65 years or older may qualify for an exemption from the special tax if that property owner (1) occupies the parcel as a primary residence, (2) qualifies as a very low income individual, and (3) submits an application with the District.

If approved, this measure requires that all special tax revenue be used for the purposes of providing fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services and the costs of administering the special tax. The District has also made this ballot measure subject to an annual independent audit and creation of a Citizens' Oversight Committee.

A "YES" vote is a vote in favor of establishing a special tax for the purposes of funding fire protection and suppression, and emergency services.

A "NO" vote is a vote against establishing a special tax for the purposes of funding fire protection and suppression, and emergency services.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

ARGUMENT IN FAVOR MEASURE SS

VOTE YES on Measure SS to ensure that help is there for you when a life-threatening medical emergency, fire or natural disaster strikes – EVERY SECOND COUNTS.

Our community is facing two very real threats:

First, 2018 is the worst year on record for California wildfires leaving destruction across the state. We cannot risk another wildfire like the Paradise and Cedar Fires that struck San Diego County.

Second, more than 75% of local 911 emergencies are medical emergencies like heart attacks, strokes and car accidents. Brain deterioration starts five minutes after a person stops breathing.

The problem is this: the average 911 response time in Valley Center is 11 minutes. Medical emergencies/fire incidents have increased by 34% over the last two years. Valley Center Fire Protection District DOES NOT have enough firefighters, rescue equipment or fire stations to maintain safe response times.

Measure SS provides a prudent plan to address Valley Center Fire Protection District’s most critical needs. NO other funding currently exists to meet these needs.

Measure SS will:

  • Maintain fire protection and emergency medical services
  • Reduce fire/911 emergency response times
  • Recruit/retain qualified professional firefighters/paramedics and provide a living wage
  • Replace/upgrade aging firefighting/lifesaving rescue equipment
  • Add a new fire station
  • Help lower fire insurance rates
  • Replace the Cal Fire fee with a stable, locally-controlled funding source

STRICT Taxpayer Protections are MANDATORY. By law, ALL FUNDS STAY LOCAL. The State CANNOT take this funding away. Independent Citizens' Oversight/mandatory audits ensure funds are spent properly.

Senior citizens are eligible for an exemption. Measure SS provides an exemption for lowincome property owners age 65 or older. We do not want this measure to be a burden to those living on a fixed income.

Join firefighters, other emergency responders, community leaders, and residents across our community in protecting Valley Center.

Vote YES on Measure SS.

Bill Trok
Pastor, Ridgeview Church

Ibrahim Boulos
Country Junction (owner)

Gary L. Asbury (6 ½ YRS)
Director-Valley Center Community 
Emergency Response Team 

Phyllis Knight
Marketing Manager

Diane Conaway, 20 year resident
Real Estate Broker

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE SS

No argument against the measure was filed in the office of the Registrar of Voters.

— San Diego County Registrar of Voters

Leer la legislación propuesta

Legislación propuesta

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The text of this measure was entered into Voter's Edge on 10/20/2018 by a League of Women Voters volunteer, using this PDF version of a sample ballot prepared by the San Diego County Registrar of Voters: https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Sample_Ballots/Eng/SB-ENG-250.pdf

To find your own sample ballot version, containing all the candidates and measures on your own ballot, please use the ROV's sample ballot look-up tool at https://www2.sdcounty.ca.gov/rov/Eng/ballot.asp .

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FULL TEXT MEASURE SS

ORDINANCE NO. 53

ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING MAXIMUM SPECIAL PARCEL TAX RATES FOR FIRE PROTECTION AND SUPPRESSION AND EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES

WHEREAS, the Valley Center Fire Protection District (the “District”) is a Fire Protection District formed and operating under the Fire Protection District Law of 1987 set forth in Health and Safety Code section 13800 et seq. and has the authority to provide fire protection services, rescue services, emergency medical services, hazardous material emergency response services, ambulance services, and other services relating to the protection of lives and property that are critical to the public peace, health, and safety of its residents and members of the public (collectively “fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services”); and

WHEREAS, the District has a duty to provide for the safety of its residents and members of the public by maintaining and providing adequate funding for fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services within the District; and

WHEREAS, inadequate staffing and equipment for fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services may result in inadequate response times to emergency calls by the District and pose a risk to the health, safety, the general welfare of the District’s residents and members of the public, and to property; and

WHEREAS, the costs and expenses incurred by the District for the provision of fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services have increased substantially and have impacted the ability of the District to fund these services, and to recruit and maintain qualified personnel; and

WHEREAS, the District’s costs of providing fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services include, but are not limited to, the following: the salaries, benefits, training, and all other personnel related costs; the costs of acquiring or leasing, operating, and maintaining equipment and apparatus used for fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services; the costs of operating, maintaining, repairing, renovating, and equipping the District’s fire facilities; and the costs of constructing, operating, maintaining, repairing, renovating, and equipping a new fire station; and

WHEREAS, the District must find an immediate solution to provide adequate funding for its fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services to ensure the health, safety, and general welfare of its residents and members of the public and to protect property; and

WHEREAS, the District has received documentation from insurance agencies providing that increased fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services would decrease insurance rates of homeowners and businesses within the District’s jurisdictional boundaries; and

WHEREAS, commencing July 1, 2019, the District will adopt a special parcel tax to continue to provide adequate fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services within the District and meet anticipated future demands for such services.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED, by the Board of Directors of the Valley Center Fire Protection District as follows:

Section 1. Recitals. The Recitals set forth above are incorporated herein and by this reference made an operative part hereof.

Section 2. Special Parcel Tax for Fire Protection and Suppression and Emergency Medical Services. There is hereby established for the Valley Center Fire Protection District (the “District”) a special parcel tax at the maximum rate of $180 per taxable parcel. 

Section 3. Specific Purposes of the Special Parcel Tax. The proceeds of the special parcel tax shall only be used for the specific purposes of funding the District’s costs of providing fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services and the costs of administering the special parcel tax, including, but not limited to, the costs of the election, and the costs of collection, and for no other purposes.

(a) For purposes of this Ordinance, “fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services” include, but are not limited to, fire protection services, rescue services, emergency medical services, hazardous material emergency response services, ambulance services, and other services relating to the protection of lives and property that are critical to the public peace, health, and safety of the District’s residents and members of the public.

(b) For the purposes of this Ordinance, the District’s “costs of providing fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services” include, but are not limited to, the following: the salaries, benefits, training, and all other District personnel related costs; the costs of acquiring or leasing, operating, and maintaining equipment and apparatus used for fire protection and suppression and emergency medical services; the costs of operating, maintaining, repairing, renovating, and equipping the District’s fire facilities; and the costs of constructing, operating, maintaining, repairing, renovating, and equipping a new fire station

Section 4. Special Account. The proceeds of the special parcel tax shall be deposited in a special account, created and maintained by the District, and used only for the specific purposes identified in Section 3 of this Ordinance.

Section 5. Accountability Measures. The chief fiscal officer of the District shall cause a report (the “Report”) to be prepared by an independent auditor and to be filed with the District Board of Directors no later than June 30 of each year. The Report shall state: (a) the amount of special parcel tax proceeds collected and expended in such year; and (b) the status of any projects or description of any programs funded from proceeds of the special parcel tax. The Report may relate to the calendar year, fiscal year, or other appropriate annual period, as the chief fiscal officer of the District shall determine, and may be incorporated into or filed with the annual budget, audit, or other appropriate routine report to the District Board of Directors. For the purposes of this Ordinance, “fiscal year” means the District’s fiscal year which begins on July 1 and ends on June 30 of each year.

Section 6. Citizens’ Oversight Committee. The Board of Directors shall establish a Citizens’ Oversight Committee (the “Committee”) not more than sixty (60) days after July 1, 2019. The Committee shall review and evaluate annual expenditures made by the District from the proceeds of the special parcel tax (“special tax proceeds”). The Committee may receive and review copies of the Report prepared pursuant to Section 5 of this Ordinance, and may inspect all facilities and contracts entered into for which special parcel tax proceeds have been or will be expended. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of three (3) members appointed by the District Board of Directors. To be a qualified candidate for the Committee, a person must be at least 18 years of age and reside within the District’s geographic boundaries. The Committee may not include any employee or officer of the District, or any vendor, contractor, or consultant of the District.

Section 7. Application of Special Parcel Tax. The special parcel tax shall be assessed to the owner of each parcel within the District, unless the owner is by law exempt from taxation, in which case, the tax imposed shall be assessed to the holder of the possessory interest in such parcel, unless such holder is also by law exempt from taxation. The special parcel tax shall not apply to: (A) any person, entity, parcel, or property as to whom or which it is beyond the power of the District to impose the tax herein provided; and (B) any person qualifying for an exemption under Section 9 of this Ordinance. Subject to the provisions of the law, the term “parcel” means any parcel of land which lies wholly or partially within the boundaries of the District, for which the San Diego County Assessor (the “County Assessor”) has assigned an assessor’s parcel number. 

Section 8. Imposition of Special Parcel Tax. The special parcel tax shall be levied each year as of July 1, commencing July 1, 2019, on all taxable parcels of property, improved or unimproved, within the boundaries of the District at the maximum rate set forth in Section 2 of this Ordinance.

Section 9. Tax Exemption for Low-Income Seniors. The following is exempt from the special parcel tax authorized herein: the owner and occupier of a single-family residential unit (a) who is sixty-five (65) years or older; and (b) whose combined family income, from all sources for the previous fiscal year, is at or below the income level qualifying as “very low income” for a family of such size under Section 8 of the United States Housing Act of 1937 (42 U.S.C.A. sections 1437 et seq.), and as published in the California Code Regulations pursuant to or determined by Department of Housing and Community Development in accordance with California Health and Safety Code section 50105. An owner must apply for the exemption provided in this Section 9 annually by petition to the District Fire Chief or his/her authorized designee or employee in the manner and time set forth in procedures established by the Fire Chief or his/her authorized designee or employee. Such petition shall be on forms provided by the District and shall include such information as the Fire Chief or his/her authorized designee or employee shall require, including, but not limited to, federal income tax returns and W-2 forms for an owner-occupant eligible for this exemption.

(a) For purposes of this Section 9, “family” means one or more persons related by blood, marriage, domestic partnership, or adoption, who are living together in a single residential unit and maintaining a common household. “Family” shall also mean all unrelated persons who live together in a single residential unit and maintain a common household.

(b) For purposes of this Section 9, “residential unit” means a building or portion of a building designed for or occupied exclusively by one family.

(c) For purposes of this Section 9, “income” includes, but is not limited to, wages, social security, Supplemental Security Income or Social Security Disability Income, pensions, interest or dividends from savings, stocks, bonds or retirement accounts, profit from self-employment, unemployment benefits, insurance or legal settlements, disability or worker’s compensation, spousal or child support, scholarships, grants or other aid used for living expenses, rental or royalty income, cash or other income.

Section 10. Annual Report. The District shall annually adopt a written report which shall contain a description of each lot or parcel of property subject to the special parcel tax, the amount of the special parcel tax for each lot or parcel for each fiscal year, and the basis and schedule for the special parcel tax authorized pursuant to this Ordinance. 

Section 11. Computation and Method of Collection of Special Parcel Tax. The District Fire Chief or his/her authorized designee or employee is hereby authorized and directed each fiscal year, commencing with the fiscal year 2019-2020, to determine the special parcel tax amount to be levied for the next ensuing fiscal year for each taxable parcel of real property within the District, in the manner and as provided in accordance with this Ordinance and the authorizations set forth herein, including the annual inflationary increases to the maximum rates of the special parcel tax. The special parcel tax shall be collected on behalf of the District by the County of San Diego (“County”) in the same manner and subject to the same penalties as, or with, other charges and taxes fixed and collected by the District, or by the County on behalf of the District. The District Fire Chief or his/her authorized designee or employee is hereby authorized and directed to provide all necessary information to the County Treasurer-Tax Collector to effect proper billing and collection of the special parcel tax so that the installments of the tax shall be included on the secured property tax roll of the County. Unless otherwise required by the District Board of Directors, no Board of Directors’ action shall be required to authorize the annual collection of the special parcel tax as herein provided.

Section 12. Interest and Penalties. The special parcel tax shall be collected in the same manner as ordinary ad valorem taxes are collected; provided, however, that the District Board of Directors may authorize other appropriate methods of collection of the special parcel tax by appropriate resolution(s). The special parcel tax shall have the same lien priority, and be subject to the same penalties and the same procedure and sale in cases of delinquency, as provided for ad valorem taxes.

Section 13. Severability. If for any reason any provision of this Ordinance or the application thereof is found to be invalid, or if the special parcel tax is found inapplicable to any particular parcel within the District by a Court of competent jurisdiction, the balance of this Ordinance and the application of the special parcel tax to the remaining parcels within the District shall not be affected and, to this end, the provisions of this Ordinance are severable.

Section 14. Successors. To the fullest extent permitted by law, this Ordinance and its special parcel tax authorization and authority shall be binding upon any successors in interest to the District or any successors in interest to the District’s fire protection and suppression and emergency medical service functions.

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