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March 3, 2020 — Primary Election
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Shasta County
Measure A - 2/3 Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

No se aprueba

27,669 votos si (48.5%)

29,375 votos no (51.4%)

100% de distritos activos (97/97).

18,382 boletas electorales serán contadas.

To provide approximately $31,000,000 annually for specific public safety purposes of (1) providing funding for County jail facilities, operations, programs, and services, including medication assisted treatment and rehabilitation programs while in custody and also after release, and alternatives to County jail incarceration, (2) providing funding for law enforcement and emergency services (including fire protection) in the unincorporated area of Shasta County and in the Cities of Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake, (3) providing funding for criminal prosecutions by the District Attorney, for criminal defense by the Public Defender, and for the duties of Probation as they relate to adult offenders, the measure allows the County of Shasta to enact a one percent (1%) transactions and use tax throughout the entire county. The measure creates an Oversight Committee and an annual audit requirement detailing how the funds have been spent. The tax will be in effect until reduced or repealed by the Board of Supervisors by a 4/5 vote.

¿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 means that a 1% transactions and use tax (commonly known as a “sales tax”) will be established in the unincorporated area of Shasta County and in the Cities of Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake. By law the proceeds must be used only for specific purposes, including jail construction and operations, inmate rehabilitation programs, law enforcement and emergency services in the unincorporated area of the County and in the cities, and criminal justice.

Un voto por el NO significa

A “No” Vote means that a 1% transactions and use tax (commonly known as a “sales tax”) will not be established in the unincorporated area of Shasta County and in the Cities of Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake. Tax monies would not be generated to fund specific purposes, including jail construction and operations, inmate rehabilitation programs, law enforcement and emergency services in the unincorporated area of the County and in the cities, and criminal justice.

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Source: Shasta County Registrar of Voters

Measure A, placed on the ballot by the Shasta County Board of Supervisors, is an ordinance that would establish a 1% transactions and use tax in the unincorporated area of Shasta County and in the Cities of Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake. A transactions and use tax is commonly referred to as a “sales tax” and operates in the same manner as a sales tax.

The tax is a special tax for specific public safety purposes. By law, the proceeds from the tax must be used only for the purposes outlined in the ordinance. After payment of the expenses incurred in administering the tax, the tax proceeds must be used to fund specific programs identified in the ordinance’s Expenditure Plan. Those specific programs are summarized as follows:

  • Construction, renovation, repair, and maintenance of existing and future County jail facilities, as well as County jail operations and services, and alternatives to County jail incarceration. This includes payment of bonds issued to finance jail construction and other jail related capital assets.
  • Medication assisted treatment and rehabilitation programs for inmates while in custody and also after release.
  • Law enforcement and emergency services (including, but not limited to, fire protection) in the unincorporated area of Shasta County and in the Cities of Redding, Anderson, and Shasta Lake.
  • Criminal prosecutions by the District Attorney, criminal defense by the Public Defender, and the duties of Probation as they relate to adult offenders.

The ordinance’s Expenditure Plan calls for specific percentages of revenue to be allocated among these identified programs. Within specific limits identified in the ordinance, these percentage allocations may be modified by the Board of Supervisors and the local City Councils receiving such funds. However, the tax proceeds shall only be spent on the programs specifically identified in the ordinance.

Measure A establishes certain accountability measures. It creates an Oversight Committee to advise the Board of Supervisors and the public regarding the expenditure of the tax proceeds. In addition, an independent certified public accountant is required to conduct an annual audit outlining the amount of funds collected and expended from the tax and the purposes for which the funds were expended. Also, the Shasta County Auditor-Controller is required to annually report on the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any projects funded by the ordinance.

The tax monies shall not be used to supplant or replace other funding for the programs identified in the ordinance’s Expenditure Plan.

The tax will remain in effect until reduced or repealed by the Board of Supervisors by a 4/5 vote.

The tax must be adopted by a 2/3 majority of the persons voting on the measure in order for it to be established.

Efectos fiscales

Source: Shasta County Registrar of Voters

Fiscal Analysis of Measure A

 

The measure, if approved by 2/3 of the voters, will amend the Shasta County Code to enact a one percent transaction and use tax on certain retail transactions within Shasta County. The tax will be paid by everyone making a taxable purchase, including people residing outside the County boundaries. The measure is a special tax which means the proceeds can only be used for public safety and only in the categories listed in the measure. Tax receipts will be deposited in a separate fund and cannot be used to supplant other programs.

The additional revenue generated by the measure will be approximately $31 million per year. The amount of revenue generated may vary from year to year due to inflation, population growth, general economic conditions, or other factors. The tax may be reduced or rescinded by an ordinance adopted by a 4/5 vote of the Board of Supervisors.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Argument in Favor of Measure A

 

1) Accountability: These funds will increase jail space (up to 500 additional beds). We will hold criminals accountable when we have the jail space to hold them until trial. We will also provide needed in-custody treatment for addiction and mental health issues.

2) In-Custody Treatment: These funds provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT), mental health services, and rehabilitative programs for inmates while in custody, as well as post release treatment and training.

3) Quality of Life: With these funds, we will aggressively address the quality of life crimes, addiction, mental health, and homelessness challenges facing our community. Without this tax measure, crime and addiction in our community will get worse.

4) Law Enforcement: These funds are exclusively for Public Safety and our Criminal Justice System. This includes but is not limited to:

a. Additional police officers (up to 25 in the City of Redding, 3 in the City of Anderson and 3 in the City of Shasta Lake), additional Sheriff's Deputies (up to 20) with priority in rural areas, additional Correction Officers (up to 55), additional Probation Officers, additional fire & emergency services, additional personnel for the District Attorney and Public Defender.

5) Oversight: This is a SPECIAL tax. Taxpayers, by their vote, determine exactly and legally where the tax funds can be spent.

a. Once the Tax Measure is enacted, it is the law.

  •  i. No Elected Body or government official can change the categories for where the funds can be spent.

b. An independent, 3rd party auditor will review all expenditures for compliance in addition to a citizen's oversight committee to ensure transparency. This information will be available to the public.

c. As the measure stipulates, these funds cannot be used for existing expenses, existing unfunded liabilities, or supplant any existing general budget items that have been previously funded.

 

/s/

Leonard Moty, Chairman
Board of Supervisors, County of Shasta

Joe Chimenti, District 1 Supervisor
Board of Supervisors, County of Shasta

Mary Rickert, District 3 Supervisor
Board of Supervisors, County of Shasta

Steve Morgan, District 4 Supervisor
Board of Supervisors, County of Shasta

Les Baugh, District 5 Supervisor
Board of Supervisors, County of Shasta

— Source: Shasta County Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA

ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE "A"

The Board of Supervisors turned down a $33 million grant to build a 232 person new jail from your state taxes. They turned down $20 million to build an Adult Rehabilitation Center. They said no to a 1,200 inmate state prison on Clear Creek Road, which would of cleared state parole violators out of the existing jail. They closed the jail annex (65 people). It could have been repaired. They had the opportunity to turn the jail kitchen into 62 bed spaces and then use the kitchen in the courthouse. Yet, the new county administrator will get a $48,000 annual raise. And the unfunded pension obligations of the county are over $200 million and growing.

Their claim is they did not have the money to staff those facilities and thus they needed another $20 million in your tax dollars annually to fund 151 new "public service" employees. They propose a work camp and essentially the Adult Rehab Center with a new name. We already have a program that allows minor offenders to do jail time via working at non-profit organizations at a very low cost to the county. Rehabilitation facilities already exist in the private sector and are federally and state funded.

We need a state funded prison. We need a real expansion of the jail. And we need to expand supervision of parolees, who cause the worst damage to us, by housing them in secure and supervised facilities at night.

Only 37% of this tax increase goes for jail like facilities. The rest to salaries.

 

Submitted by

/s/

Russell K. Hunt

— Source: Shasta County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento A FAVOR

Rebuttal to the Argument in Favor of Measure "A"

 

Upon submitting the Argument Against Measure "A", the Redding Police broke into my house with a battering ram for alledged code violations that did not exist. How can we trust the law enforcement bureaucracy when our basic constitutional rights are violated for expressing our opinions?

The solution to more funding is growth. On Interstate 5, we have the Church Creek Bottom and 13 interchanges north of Shasta Lake which can be zoned for commercial use. We will be awash in gas, motel, property and sales tax if this is done.

We need citizen drug dog patrols throughout our neighborhoods. We must have a "snitch" program where drug users turn in their dealers for cash. Secret Witness only pays when there is a conviction. Parolees need to be placed in shed villages that they will pay rent for, so we can monitor their behavior, instead of letting them roam freely.

But most importantly is to elect new and reasonable members to the Board of Supervisors who will gladly accept our state tax money for construction of new facilities.

 

Submitted by

/s/

Russell K. Hunt

— Source: Shasta County Registrar of Voters

Refutación al argumento EN CONTRA

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure A

 

Sacramento will continue to create laws and policies that will adversely impact Shasta County. We need to take control of our future. A detailed, funded plan will empower our law enforcement, protect our citizens, help those at risk, and improve our quality of life.

Measure A is a special (specific) tax that truly reflects the will of the people. Shasta County voters, and only Shasta County voters, decide where our taxpayer dollars will be spent. Once Measure A is enacted, it is the law. No Elected Body or government official can change the categories for where the funds can be spent.

Measure A provides more jail beds, including operating costs, police officers, deputies, probation officers, prosecutors, and a stronger criminal justice system. These funds will also provide Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) to treat addicts while in custody, and post release, breaking the cycle of substance abuse.

All expenditures will be under the oversight of a 3rd party auditor and an advisory committee.

As Measure A stipulates, these funds cannot be used for existing expenses, existing unfunded liabilities, or supplant any existing general budget items that have been previously funded.

Measure A is our commitment to our community.

 

(signatories not included in PDF at https://www.elections.co.shasta.ca.us/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Rebuttal-to-argument-against.pdf .)

— Source: Shasta County Registrar of Voters

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