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November 8, 2016 — California General Election
Ballot and voting information for Solano County.
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2017 Transactions and Use TaxOrdinance

County
November 8, 2016California General Election

Solano County
Measure A Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

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72,729 votes yes (46.4%)

84,010 votes no (53.6%)

  • 100% of precincts reporting (265/265).

Shall the people of Solano County enact a one-quarter of one percent sales tax for general governmental purposes such as improving children's services to homeless children, preventing child abuse, improving access to high quality childcare and preventative child health care programs, providing employment opportunities for youths and other essential services for ten years and assure public accountability by means of a citizens' oversight committee and annual audits?

Financial effect

COUNTY COUNSEL’S IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE A

A YES vote on this measure means: The one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax will be levied for 10 years.

A NO vote on this measure means: The one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax will not be levied.

The County of Solano proposes a general transactions and use tax (sales tax) of one-quarter of one cent per dollar (0.25%). The tax will be levied for no more than 10 years unless extended by the voters. The Board of Supervisors placed the measure on the ballot. State law authorizes the County to levy a general sales tax if the ordinance proposing the tax is approved by a two-thirds vote of all members of the Board of Supervisors and the tax is approved by a majority of the qualified voters of the entire county voting in the election. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the tax on August 2, 2016. If a majority of the voters in the County who vote on this measure vote “Yes,” the measure will pass and the sales tax will be levied.

The estimated annual revenue generated by this general tax, which is listed on the ballot in the Fiscal Impact Statement, will be deposited into the General Fund and will be available for general governmental purposes, such as improving children's services to homeless children, preventing child abuse, improving access to high quality childcare and preventative child health care programs, providing employment opportunities for youths and other essential services. The Board of Supervisors will annually appropriate the revenue from the tax for general governmental purposes. This measure does not restrict the use of the tax revenue to any specific purpose. The tax will be paid in addition to the current sales tax. Like the current sales tax, the tax will be imposed on all retailers in the incorporated and unincorporated territory of the County for the selling of tangible personal property, subject to certain exemptions and exclusions identified in the measure.

An independent citizens’ oversight committee will review the receipt and expenditures of the tax revenue, including the County’s annual independent audit, in conjunction with the County’s budget process. The committee will make recommendations to the Board of Supervisors regarding expenditures from the tax. If approved, the tax will take effect immediately on November 8, 2016 and become operative on April 1, 2017. The tax will terminate in 10 years unless a majority of voters reauthorize the tax at a subsequent election.

— Dennis Bunting Solano County Counsel

YES vote means

A YES vote on this measure means: The one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax will be levied for 10 years.

 

NO vote means

A NO vote on this measure means: The one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) sales tax will not be levied.

Arguments FOR

Argument in Favor Of Measure A

Parents, community members and professionals all agree-children and families in Solano County do not get the support that children in other counties rely on. This is a major barrier to our children’s success in school and in life. Our children deserve better!

Two measures on this ballot will create and fund the Solano Fund for Children and invest in preventative programs that will fill some of the gaps confronting local children and their families. Measure A will impose a ¼ cent sales tax throughout the county, raising an estimated 16.8 million dollars per year for ten years. Measure B assures that all Measure A revenues will go entirely to the Solano Fund for Children to serve only Solano children and their families. Money from the Fund will be spent on:

· Homeless Children

· Prevention of Child Abuse

· Quality Preschool and Afterschool Programs

· Preventative Child Health Care

· Jobs for Youth

Solano does not get its fair share of state and federal funding for children’s services, and gets almost no private foundation funds at all to support children.  If we want to compete with the rest of the region, we have to support our own children by creating the Solano Fund for Children. It is what responsible citizens and caring adults must do.

We will make sure that the funds are spent responsibly, efficiently and as promised. This measure includes strict accountability provisions including a citizen’s oversight committee, annual audits and public reporting of all expenditures.

 

We can make sure that every child in our community has the opportunity to succeed, and remember, both measures must pass to assure the creation and funding of the Solano Fund for Children. Join us and Vote “Yes” on Measure A and “Yes” on Measure B! James W (Jay) Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, Juan Cisneros, President of the Solano Children’s Alliance , Joanie Erickson, Executive Director of the Solano Coalition for Better Health, Rev. David C Isom, Senior Pastor of St Stephen CME Church, Shelee Loughmiller, Program Manager at Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

Arguments AGAINST

 

 

Arguments AGAINST

BALLOT ARGUMENT AGAINST COUNTY SALES TAX INCREASE MEASURE A NO on Measure A! It's a blank check! This measure raises the sales tax on every taxable purchase, from gasoline and tires to soap and clothes, with NO GUARANTEE HOW THE MONEY WILL BE SPENT. The bait is companion Measure B, an "advisory only" measure suggesting one way the money could be spent. But that's all it is – BAIT. The County tried the same thing in June. They proposed a sales tax increase coupled with an "advisory" measure suggesting the money could be spent on transportation improvements and road maintenance, hoping we would bite. But we didn't. Since the possibility of pothole repair didn't entice us to raise taxes, the County is now hoping we'll do it "for the children." Like a fisherman trying different lures, the County is dangling different shiny promises hoping that we'll fall for one and raise taxes. But they're not promises. If the County wanted to be bound, it would put the promise here, in the actual tax measure. But this, the actual tax measure, says the revenue "is available for general governmental purposes." Every penny could legally be used for something else, like increasing salaries and pensions. That's why the public employee unions are campaigning for this measure! They want a big slice of that new revenue. Even the promise of "citizen oversight" is hollow. The measure expressly states that oversight shall NOT include "decision-making on spending priorities." Even if the money is given, as suggested, to "nonprofit organizations" providing "services" for children, who are these organizations? How much of their budgets actually help children? Who are these children? Do they live in our city? All unanswered questions. Demand binding promises! Until then, don't raise taxes on seniors, poor people and working families. Vote NO! Timothy A Bittle, Director of Legal Affairs, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, George Guynn Jr. President, Solano County Taxpayers Association

Replies to Arguments FOR

REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF SOLANO COUNTY MEASURE A

Measure A is really about two lawsuits:

$ The one Solano County should be filing, but is strategically delaying.

$ The one Solano County will face if Measure A passes.

Proponents claim children in Solano County don’t receive the same support children in other counties receive because “Solano does not get its fair share of state and federal funding for children’s services.”

If that’s true, then Solano should sue for its fair share! Why ask voters to raise taxes? Is the plan to raise taxes first, then sue for state and federal funding so the Measure A money can be diverted elsewhere?

Remember, Measure A is carefully drafted to contain NO GUARANTEES the money will go to children’s programs!

The second lawsuit? California’s constitution requires TWO-THIRDS voter approval of taxes promised for specific purposes. The County thinks it has outwitted the constitution by separating the tax (Measure A) from the purpose (Measure B). It plans to impose the tax with simple majority approval.

But if the County levies the tax without 2/3 approval, taxpayer organizations and public interest groups are ready to sue. Then every penny generated by the new tax could go to lawyers instead of children’s programs.

Proponents try to guilt us into raising taxes by saying it’s what responsible citizens do. Actually, responsible citizens demand that county leaders represent them in petitioning state and federal agencies for their fair share of funding. And responsible citizens avoid foolhardy gambles that invite lawsuits costing millions. Vote NO!

 Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, Timothy A. Bittle, Director of Legal Affairs, Solano County Taxpayers Association, George Guynn Jr. President

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Rebuttal to Argument Against Measure

A YES on Measures A and B!

These measures were brought to the Board of Supervisors by a BROAD GRASSROOTS COMMUNITY COALITION after over a decade of study including exploring other funding alternatives. It is made up of the people in Solano that are most knowledgeable about the needs of children: parents, childcare workers, teachers, nurses, non-profit leaders and even young people themselves.

The money will go to under-resourced services for children and youth through a rigorous, transparent selection process overseen by representatives from the community, including every city in the County.

Measures A and B together include multiple measures of accountability:

 The Oversight Committee will consist of local experts on the needs of our children who have the knowledge and commitment to ensure that no money is wasted.

 Independent evaluations and audits are required.

 Transparency and community input is required. The public can see how every dime is spent and how effective the programs are.

 The measure will sunset in ten years. This is a strong incentive to ensure, during this limited time, that all that can be done for kids is done.

The community coalition that is sponsoring this measure will still be here as watchdogs and will monitor the implementation of the Children’s Fund every step of the way. Our children are worth one-quarter of one penny on our purchases. It’s a tiny price to pay for our children’s future. Investing in children is the best investment our community can make. Say “YES” to our children! 

James W (Jay) Speck, Solano County Superintendent of Schools, Juan Cisneros, President of the Solano Children’s Alliance, Joanie Erickson, Executive Director of the Solano Coalition for Better Health, Rev. David C Isom, Senior Pastor of St Stephen CME Church, Shelee Loughmiller, Program Manager at Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano

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