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El Dorado County, CA June 3, 2014 Election
Measure L
Renewal of the Library Special Tax in the South Lake Tahoe Zone F of CSA 10
County Service Area 10 Library Zone F

Parcel Tax - 2/3 Approval Required

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To replace the previous voter-approved expiring library special tax, shall El Dorado County levy the amount of $20.00 annually per parcel (with annual inflation adjustment not to exceed 3%) within County Service Area No. 10 South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit, Zone F, for a period of twelve (12) years commencing in fiscal year 2015/16, to preserve continued funding for library services, hours, and operations and help avoid library closure?

Impartial Analysis from El Dorado County Counsel
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ZONE OF BENEFIT (ZONE F) CSA #10

MEASURE L
Measure L, if approved by 2/3 of the qualified voters voting on the measure, would authorize a special tax on parcels of real property within the South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit, Zone F, of County Service Area No. 10 ("Zone"), to be used solely to provide library services and facilities within the Zone ("Library Special Tax").

The proposed new Library Special Tax would replace the expiring special parcel tax and would be used for the same purpose of supporting the county's South Lake Tahoe library. Currently, property owners within the Zone pay a voter approved annual special parcel tax for library services in the amount of $18.00 per parcel of improved and unimproved land, $14.40 per apartment unit on a parcel, and $9.00 per mobile home on a parcel. The existing special parcel tax expires, by its terms, on June 30, 2015.

The proposed new Library Special Tax would be in the amount of $20.00 per year per parcel of improved and unimproved land and $20.00 per year per time share unit, subject to a maximum annual inflation adjustment of 3%, and would be in effect for a period of twelve (12) years, commencing July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2027.

The proposed new Library Special Tax will be listed as a separate item on the county property tax bill for each affected parcel of land and time share unit, and will be collected in the same way as the general property tax. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes will be applicable to the special tax.

Measure L also requires that an annual report be made to the County Board of Supervisors indicating the amount of funds collected and expended and the status of any project required or authorized to be funded by the proceeds.

This measure was placed on the ballot by Resolution No. 010-2014 of the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors.

This measure requires an affirmative vote of 2/3 or more of all qualified voters voting on the measure in order to pass.

A "YES" vote is a vote to authorize the special tax provided in the measure.

A "NO" vote is a vote against the special tax provided in the measure.

Edward L. Knapp El Dorado County Counsel

 
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Arguments For Measure L
Support our library. Vote YES on Measure L.

Funding for the South Lake Tahoe library, passed by the voters twenty years ago, is about to expire, at a time when reading, technology, education, and literacy are more important than ever before.

For only $20 per year we can maintain the funding that has kept our library open 5 days per week, put new hooks on our shelves, and provide programs that promote the importance of reading for children.

This special tax will continue what the voters previously approved two times.

This measure PROTECTS library funding. It cannot be used on anything else.

All money raised by this special tax will go to the South Lake Tahoe library to pay for books and materials, hours of operation, and library services.

As costs go up, Measure L includes a mechanism to gradually increase our library funding, but the special tax will never exceed $28.50 per parcel. The measure will expire after 12 years.

With these funds our local library will be able to maintain the hours it is open and to purchase new books, Public computers, as well as electronic access through computer or mobile device to e-books, downloadable audio books and popular magazines, will continue. Children's story times and computer availability for visitors, seasonal workers, and local residents not possessing a computer, and other valuable programs, will also continue.

The South Lake Tahoe library is a valuable asset for the community that everyone, young and old, can enjoy. It helps property values. If we truly want our children to value reading, we must make reading and libraries a priority.

Please join us in protecting our library and vote YES on Measure L.

Natalie Yanish, President, South Tahoe Association of Realtors Roberta Mason, Member, Lake Tahoe Community College Board of Trustees Norma Santiago, El Dorado County Supervisor, District V Ken Sands, Member of the South Lake Tahoe Senior Center and president of Tahoe Basin Senior Center Committee, Inc. Wendy David, Member, Lake Tahoe Unified School District

(No arguments against Measure L were submitted)

Full Text of Measure L
RESOLUTION NO. 010-2014 OF THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS OF THE COUNTY OF EL DORADO SETTING FOR ELECTION A MEASURE PROPOSING A RENEWAL OF THE LIBRARY SPECIAL TAX IN THE SOUTH LAKE TAHOE ZONE OF BENEFIT (ZONE F) WITHIN COUNTY SERVICE AREA NO. 10

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors has previously established the authority for County Service Area No. 10 to provide library services and facilities, and did, on August 1, 1995 establish the South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit (Zone F) within County Service Area No. 10 for the purpose of delivering such library services and facilities, and

WHEREAS, Government Code section 25213(d) expressly authorizes a county service area to provide library services and facilities, and

WHEREAS, Government Code section 25215.2 expressly authorizes the Board of Supervisors to levy special taxes within a county service area subject to voter approval, and

WHEREAS, on November 30, 2004, the Board of Supervisors passed and adopted Resolution 361-2004 to levy a special tax for library services within the South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit (Zone F) of County Service Area No. 10, which was approved by the voters on March 8, 2005, and

WHEREAS, the existing library special tax within County Service Area No. 10, Zone F is due to expire on June 30, 2015, and

WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors proposes to continue to levy a library special tax within County Service Area No. 10, Zone F to replace the expiring library special tax to ensure continued funding for library services within Zone F, and

WHEREAS, pursuant to state law, the Board of Supervisors is required to place the proposed tax before the voters of County Service Area No. 10, Zone F, and

WHEREAS, such special tax shall take effect only if approved by 2/3 of the voters casting ballots at the election on the special tax within County Service Area No. 10, Zone F.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Supervisors finds, determines, declares and orders as follows:

1. Upon approval by the voters as set forth in this Resolution, there shall be levied and assessed annually a special tax on each taxable parcel of property, improved and unimproved, residential and non-residential, within County Service Area No. 10, South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit (Zone F) for library services and facilities, in the amount of $20.00 per parcel commencing with fiscal year 2015/16 and continuing each fiscal year thereafter for 12 years, through fiscal year 2026/2027.

2. "Parcel of property" as used in this Resolution shall mean any parcel of land, developed or undeveloped, that is wholly or partially located within the South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit (Zone F) for which the County Assessor of El Dorado County has assigned an assessor's parcel number and levies ad valorem property taxes in any year, and includes any contiguous unit of real property held in separate ownership, which is capable of sale or transfer without further action under the Subdivision Map Act (Government Code section 66410, et seq.). All real property that are otherwise exempt from or upon which are levied no ad valorem property taxes in any year shall be exempt from the library parcel tax in such year. The tax imposed by this Resolution shall be a tax upon each parcel of property regardless of the type of improvement or use of the property. For time shares, the tax shall be levied on a per time share unit basis. A time share unit is a residential unit for which (a) the right to occupy such unit is divided into specified periods of time on a periodic basis, and (b) the right to occupy such unit for a particular period of time on a periodic basis is legally transferable.

3. The tax imposed by this Resolution shall appear as a separate item on the tax bill of each such taxable parcel and shall be collected at the same time and manner as county property taxes are collected as set forth in the applicable provisions of the Revenue and Taxation Code, and shall be subject to the same penalties and the same procedure and sale in case of delinquency as provided for such taxes. All laws applicable to the levy, collection, and enforcement of county property taxes shall be applicable to such tax.

4. The tax rates for parcels as determined above shall be increased annually in proportion to the increase in the Consumer Price Index (CPI), San Francisco Area, all items, most recently available prior to the date of the increase, provided, however, that this increase shall not exceed three percent (3%) in any year.

5. The special tax described herein shall be imposed for a period of twelve (12) years, at the end of which time the special tax shall cease to be imposed.

6. Upon approval of the special tax described herein, there shall be created an account into which proceeds of the tax shall be deposited. Additionally, an annual report shall be prepared in accordance with Government Code section 50075.3.

7. The following tax measure be submitted to the voters throughout County Service Area No. 10, Zone F: "To replace the previous voter-approved expiring library special tax, shall El Dorado County levy the amount of $20.00 annually per parcel (with annual inflation adjustment not to exceed 3%) within County Service Area No. 10 South Lake Tahoe Zone of Benefit, Zone F, for a period of twelve (12) years commencing in fiscal year 2015/16, to preserve continued funding for library services, hours, and operations and help avoid library closure?"

8. The Registrar of Voters is hereby authorized and directed to take all actions necessary for submit the ballot measure set forth above to the voters, to conduct the election, to canvass the results thereof, and to certify the results to the Board of Supervisors. Said election shall be consolidated with the general election occurring in the County on June 3, 2014.

9. If for any reason any provision of this Resolution, the ballot measure or the application of either document is found to be invalid, or if the special parcel tax is found inapplicable to any particular parcel within the zone of benefit by a court of competent jurisdiction, the balance of this Resolution, the ballot measure, and the application of the special parcel tax to the remaining parcels within the zone of benefit shall not be affected and, to this end, the provisions of this Resolution and the ballot measure are severable.


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