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El Dorado County, CA June 3, 2014 Election
Measure P
Repeal of Parking Tax for Certain Areas of the City
City of South Lake Tahoe

Repeal of Three Parking Ordinances - Majority Approval Required

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Impartial Analysis from the City Attorney
A PROPOSITION DETERMINING WHETHER THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE CONTINUES THE PAID PARKING PROGRAM

Beginning in 2012, the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe determined it would adopt paid parking as a funding source for infrastructure and maintenance of various areas within the City limits. This determination was made in light of the limited financial resources available to the City for maintenance of highly utilized prime parking locations.

The City Council unanimously agreed to place Measure P before the voters to provide an opportunity for the voters to determine if paid parking should be a funding source for maintenance and operations. If Measure P is approved by the voters, the City would remove the paid parking kiosks and residential parking restrictions from the parking lots at Lakeview Commons, Boat Ramp, Lakeshore Drive and the surrounding neighborhoods. Other areas which previously had paid parking have already been eliminated by the City Council, including Venice Boulevard and Paradise Avenue.

This proposition does not remove paid parking on Transit Way or Bellamy Court or from the Parking Garage, which will continue. This proposition does not eliminate parking tickets for vehicle code or municipal code violations. This proposition does not eliminate the parking management program of the City, it removes the parking kiosks, residential restrictions and revenue derived from the parking kiosks.

Financial Impact The paid parking kiosks were installed and have only been operational for a part of year at the time of this writing. Between June/July of 2013 and December 2013. over 60,000 parking transactions have occurred at parking kiosks, resulting in net parking meter revenue of approximately $200,000.00 during that same time, for an average of $3.00 per transaction. The expenses attributable to the operation of the kiosks are very small, specifically paper and electricity to run the equipment. The City's major expenses of the parking management program, primarily personnel costs, are not reduced by this proposition.

The City currently owes $191,000.00 for the purchase of the parking kiosks. If Measure P is approved, the $191,000.00 would be required to be repaid from general fund revenue, rather than parking fund revenues. If this measure passes, the City will also lose annual budgeted revenue in the estimated amount of approximately $300,000.00.

Effect of the Measure Measure P would specifically repeal the three Ordinances that authorized the use of paid parking kiosks: Ordinance Numbers 1049, 1051 and 1054. A "Yes" vote on Measure P is a vote to repeal the Ordinances authorizing paid parking, effective August 31, 2014. A "No" vote is a vote to continue the paid parking program, allowing the City to continue to receive revenue from the parking kiosks. If the measure receives a majority of "Yes" votes, it will be approved and the parking kiosks along with the associated revenue from those areas will be eliminated.

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Arguments For Measure P Arguments Against Measure P
Vote YES to REMOVE PARKING METERS. Let's take back our beaches and streets.

The Tahoe 4 Tahoe Committee and the 1422 voters that signed the petition caused the City Council to vote unanimously to place Measure P on the ballot. If approved, Measure P would rescind three ordinances passed by the City Council which established paid parking at Lakeview Commons, Venice Drive, Lakeside Beach and Paradise Avenue.

We feel that the paid parking program causes too many problems. Nearly half of the revenue from the parking program comes from parking tickets. The paid parking program creates an unwelcome environment for our visitors, upon whom our economy depends, and discourages use by most locals. Local businesses suffer because customers patronize other areas where parking is free. Neighborhoods adjacent to paid parking areas now have restrictive parking where residents must obtain permits to park in front of their own homes!

Despite the City's claims, the paid parking program has been a failure. Not only have the capital investments for acquiring parking meter equipment and signs been expensive, but the ongoing costs, including hiring additional public employees as parking police, will continue to cause long term burdens to our city budget. Also, the impact on our businesses and visitors has not been considered in the City's budget and fiscal impact calculations.

This program is not for our Community. It is an inconvenient and negative tax for residents and tourists alike, It changes the character of our neighborhoods and community. And most importantly, if paid parking is not stopped, it encourages further expansion into every commercial area and every neighborhood. A "YES" vote will eliminate all paid parking areas established by the City since December 2012.

STAND-UP South Lake Tahoe and VOTE "YES" to REMOVE PARKING METERS.

Peggy A. Bourland John N. Cefalu John J. Grace Bruce Grego

Rebuttal to Arguments For
VOTE NO ON MEASURE P

If Measure P passes, the City loses over $300,000 in net annual revenue, which would be used to maintain and improve the areas where paid parking was implemented, such as Lakeview Commons, Harrison Avenue and Lakeside Beach. These projects improve the quality of experience for residents and visitors. The City's strategic plan is focused on investments in recreation and infrastructure including streets and parks. The Chamber adopted Tahoe Future Vision 2020 last year wherein it "commits to support sensible regulations to advance physical infrastructure that supports business and community."

There is little evidence that tourists are dissuaded from visiting because of paid parking. We believe the City listened to concerns from residents and visitors via amending the program by shortening the hours, improving signage, reducing parking ticket fines, and ensuring residents retain access to popular facilities at minimal cost with a "Locals Pass."

Why vote to repeal the program when we can still make it work for our community? It means that people who choose to park close to facilities will pay specifically for that benefit. If we want first-rate infrastructure and recreation facilities, the City needs to raise additional revenue. Support the City's efforts to fund construction and maintenance of high-quality infrastructure and recreation facilities, making South Lake Tahoe a wonderful place to live and a world-class tourist destination.

Fix it, don't nix it!

We urge you to Vote NO on Measure P.

Betty Gorman, President, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce Jerry Bindel, Secretary, South Lake Tahoe Lodging Association Peter Fink, John Friedrich, Small World

ARGUMENT IN OPPOSITION OF THE PROPOSED LAWS ARE THE OPINIONS OF THE AUTHORS

Vote NO on P Passage of Measure P would eliminate a significant new revenue source for the maintenance and operations of public facilities.

We strongly urge a NO vote on Measure P.

Measure P would dismantle:

  • Funding for maintenance and operations of Lakeview Commons.
  • A new funding source that was established to fund & maintain parks and streets.
  • Planned regular and necessary maintenance and operations of city owned parking lots.
  • The City's ability to maintain a balanced budget.

The City formulated the paid parking program after years of study and many public meetings. In the first 8 months of the program, more than $200,000 in parking revenue has been collected from over 60,000 parking visitors.

The City listened to the Community:

  • We are offering a "Locals Pass".
  • We removed paid parking from Venice Drive.
  • We reduced the hours of operation to 8am-8pm.
  • We reduced parking meter violations from $55.00 to $35.00.
  • We will improve signage and striping on city owned lots.

If this measure were to pass, the city will lose an estimated 1/2 million dollars!

Vote NO on P The City has made tremendous strides over the last few years. The City Council is focused and strategic in moving our community forward. We listen to our community as you relay your expectation and needs. Over 70% of residents surveyed between 2010 and 2013 have recommended the city seek new revenues whenever possible, from tourists. The City's strategic plan is focused on investments in recreation and infrastructure such as streets and parks. The City's budget is balanced. We reduced our work force by 33% and have eliminated structural deficits. If you believe we are moving in the right direction, join us and VOTE NO on measure P.

Mayor Hal Cole, On behalf of the South Lake Tahoe City Council

Rebuttal to Arguments Against
VOTE YES on MEASURE P to REMOVE PARKING METERS

The Parking Meter Program has been a total FAILURE, much like the Parking Garage. The City is calling this program a "significant new funding source". NOT TRUE!!

In the City's argument against Measure P', they report "$200,000 in parking revenue", but neglect to report the operating expenses in excess of $248,000. This is misleading and causes the public to believe that this program is currently profitable. That Is a $48,000 LOSS.

The City Council has invested your tax dollars in an expensive experiment that is NOT working. Because the Venice Drive and Paradise Avenue kiosk locations were losing money, the City Council has voted to temporarily remove these areas from the program and have put $120,000 worth of equipment into storage, It is hoped that some of that money can be recovered by selling this slightly used equipment. What is left of this money-losing program needs to be abolished by voting YES on P.

The City Council DID NOT LISTEN to the community. The overwhelming majority of citizens at open public meetings opposed this parking meter program before it was ever approved. The city later worked to block the will of the voters.

Make them listen now by VOTING YES on P.

Peggy A. Bourland John N. Cefalu John J. Grace Bruce Grego 09

Full Text of Measure P
CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE
RESOLUTION NO. 2014-9
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, CALIFORNIA, CALLING AN ELECTION FOR THE PURPOSE OF SUBMITTING TO THE VOTERS A MEASURE WHICH WOULD REPEAL ORDINANCE NUMBERS 1049, 1051 AND 1054 REGARDING PARKING IN THE CITY OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE; AND REQUESTING THE EL DORADO COUNTY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO CONSOLIDATE SAID ELECTION WITH THE JUNE 3, 2014 STATEWIDE DIRECT PRIMARY ELECTION

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe was presented with a proposed initiative petition by proponents against the paid parking program; and

WHEREAS, the City Council has determined that the parking initiative as certified is legally flawed; and

WHEREAS, the City Council believes that the voters should be provided an opportunity to determine the continuation or repeal of the paid parking program; and

WHEREAS, Election Code Section 9222 allows the City Council to place a proposed measure for repeal of any ordinance before the voters at their discretion; and

WHEREAS, under the provisions of the laws relating to general law cities in the State of California, there has been called and ordered a Statewide Direct Primary Election to be held on June 3, 2014.

NOW, THEREFORE, the City Council of the City of South Lake Tahoe does hereby resolve, declare, determine, and order as follows:
Section 1. Pursuant to the laws of the State of California relating to General Law Cities, there is called and ordered to be held in the City of South Lake Tahoe, County of El Dorado, a Statewide Direct Primary Election on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 for the purpose of submitting to the voters a measure which would repeal Ordinance Numbers 1049, 1051 and 1054 regarding Parking in the City of South Lake Tahoe as follows: "Shall the City of South Lake Tahoe repeal the paid parking program consisting of Ordinance Numbers 1049, 1051 and 1054, which repeal shall be effective August 31, 2014?"

Section 1. The measure shall be effective if approved by a majority of the electorate.
Section 2. The Board of Supervisors of the County of El Dorado is hereby requested to approve consolidation of said election with the Statewide Direct Primary Election to be held on June 3, 2014.
Section 3. The City Clerk is hereby directed to file a certified copy of this resolution with the El Dorado County Recorder Clerk-Elections Division.


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