There are many Marin Measures on the ballot this March 3rd and three merit a "NO" vote: Measures B, C and I. Measure B is the TAM high school tax, Measure C is the Wildfire tax, and Measure I is the "Smart" train tax. Please read the Sample Ballot (copies below) showing Opposition to B, C & I.
Please vote No on this Tax.
● It will create an expensive, unelected bureaucracy that governs whether you can have trees/shrubs on your property - based on the opinion of some out-of-state consultant.
● More taxes make it impossible for families to live here. Marin homeowners already pay thousands annually for added taxes. We will have the rich, and homeless.
● Local governments will ignore pension problems by passing “scare-taxes” to pay for the same work firefighters are doing now, and use that money for bloated pensions.
A new Joint Powers Association “JPA” may override your local jurisdiction on matters not yet defined. If your town protects trees, and others don’t, your community can be overridden. You could be ordered to kill every living plant within 5 feet of your house, like in Mill Valley. Council members dropped the proposal after hearing from angry voters. Here an unelected JPA Board rules.
The promoters promise what we have already: Well-funded Fire Departments working together doing fire inspections, reducing hazardous vegetation, expanding neighborhood safety and preparedness programs. We were just taxed twice for Emergency Radio to guide us.
Residents of the Ross Valley passed a tax that supposedly went to Flood Protection. Over a decade later nearly all the money has gone to consultants and studies. A cautionary tale.
The toothless "oversight committee" has no real power to stop this.
Supporters’ fearmongering that insurance rates will go up in Marin is unfounded.
Reject scare tactics, protect your property rights.
MICHAEL HARTNETT for
MARIN PUBLIC POLICY INSTITUTE
Voters should reject Measure B, an unfair and unaffordable ten-year parcel tax renewal and dramatic increase. Your taxes start at $645 a year,
increasing 3% annually, reaching $842 in 10 years. Up from $300 just 2 years ago.
Voters passed a $149 second parcel tax for TUHSD in 2018 (on top of the larger existing one). TUHSD is adding back costs reduced just last year and wants another $190!
Measure B is unfair because it’s a flat rate. A studio pays the same as a mansion, mall or apartment complex.
TUHSD says this tax hike request was always part of the plan. This was not disclosed to voters who approved Measure J 16 months ago.
Rising enrollment is the supposed reason for a higher tax. But their own study shows enrollment declines start in 3 years.
No 10-year financial forecast justifies the proposed 10-year tax.
Pension expenses are why we’re facing so many tax measures. TUHSD must lobby Sacramento for reform instead of hitting homeowners with increasing parcel taxes.
Seniors and medically disabled: Though you can get an exemption from this tax, it DOES harm you. Your friends, neighbors, and caregivers are forced out by unaffordability. Your kids can’t live nearby. Higher taxes don’t help property values, and they threaten your quality of life.
Don’t believe threats of teacher layoffs and rising class sizes. Current parcel taxes don’t expire until 2022, giving the District time to rethink its needs and present a fairer, more affordable proposal.
The Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers supported 2018’s Measure J as a 4-year urgent measure for a school district threatened by insolvency. With 2018 Measure J’s $5 million annual infusion, TUHSD hasn’t made the case for a much higher tax lasting 10 years. CO$T OPPOSES Measure B.
COALITION OF SENSIBLE TAXPAYERS Mimi Willard, President
COST Director and former Grand Juror
Retired affordable housing director, and tax oversight committee member
COST Director and former San Anselmo Town Councilmember
Parent of 2 Redwood graduates
Only a year ago, voters approved a $149 Tam Union parcel tax increase for four years. Now, with almost identical promises and threats, they say they need $190 more. It’s too much. Vote No.
Tam Union is already reversing much-touted expense cuts. Of two senior
management positions eliminated, one is being added back. Also being reversed: much of the $ 1 million savings achieved by ending non-classroom “Teacher Leader” payments.
Tam Union’s enrollment begins long-term DECLINE in two years. This should mean fewer teachers and administrators, not more. If Measure B passes, ALL $645 (plus 3% escalators) of Tam Union parcel taxes will be in place for a new TEN-YEAR term.
Yet Tam Union claims enrollment increases are why they need more money.
The truth: Tam Union’s 2020 pension expenses are $5 million higher than they would have been without a 2013 state mandate making local districts pay more for their pension liabilities.
The truth: $5 million annually is what the November 2018 supplemental parcel tax raised.
Moreover, the proposed flat parcel tax is unfair.
Measure B forces a studio condo owner to pay as much as the mall!
Tam Union’s parcel tax should be per building square foot. If uniformly applied to all parcels, that’s fair and legal for school taxes. The proposed Marin County Wildfire Protection Parcel Tax Measure, which the Coalition of Sensible Taxpayers endorsed, is essentially per building square foot
Tam Union has two-plus years on its current parcel taxes to reform spending and propose a fairer tax measure that ensures extra money goes into classrooms.
Help make this happen. VOTE NO.
SUSAN KIRSCH Community Organizer
TAMSEN McCRACKEN Parent of former Redwood student and lawyer
DORSEY McTAGGART Retired official court reporter
MARSHA HALLET Docent Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco
WILLIAM ROSTENBERG Greenbrae resident
PRIMARY ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE I (Prepared and Submitted by CO$T)
At $2.4 billion dollars in new taxes, Measure I is too much for something that does so little. There’s no accountability.
Measure I adds a 30-year extension of Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District’s (SMART) current sales tax, which doesn’t even expire for another nine years.
Measure I gives SMART a blank check with our sales tax dollars until 2059 -allowing it to spend tax revenue on things that don’t improve transportation. SMART lacks transparency and needs better budget oversight.
SMART has had no material impact on 101 traffic in Marin. BUT they’ve made Central Marin traffic much worse.
COSTLY AND INEFFICIENT
POOR MANAGEMENT AND BAD DECISIONS
•SMART will spend $65 million for a three mile Windsor track extension that generates few additional riders.
• SMART didn’t implement 7 of 8 of a Grand Jury report’s recommendations designed to improve the agency’s financial oversight and communication with the public.
Vote NO on Measure I and send a strong message to SMART that they can’t waste any more taxpayer money.
COALITION OF SENSIBLE TAXPAYERS
Mimi Willard, President
CITIZENS FOR SUSTAINABLE PENSION PLANS
Jody Morales, Founder
MIKE ARNOLD PhD, Economist
PAUL PREMO Foreperson Pro Tem, 2012-2013 Marin County Civil Grand Jury
CARSTEN ANDERSEN Former President, Marin Cyclists