County Service Area P-2 Zone B
Shall County of Contra Costa Ordinance No. 2021-01 be approved to increase the existing parcel tax on County Service Area P-2 Zone B to annual maximums of $67 per parcel for residential property and $200 per parcel for commercial/industrial/institutional property, to provide additional funding for police protection services?
The Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors has adopted an ordinance to increase the special tax (a parcel tax) levied on property located in Zone B of Contra Costa County Service Area No. P-2 for police protection services. This tax is a special tax pursuant to the California Constitution and requires approval by two-thirds of those voting to pass.
The authorizing ordinance requires that the proceeds of this special tax be used in Zone B of Contra Costa County Service Area No. P-2 “solely for the purposes of obtaining, furnishing, operating, and maintaining police protection equipment or apparatus, for paying the salaries and benefits of police protection personnel, and for such other police protection service expenses as are deemed necessary.”
The special tax would apply to specified parcels of taxable real property in Zone B of Contra Costa County Service Area No. P-2, beginning July 1, 2021 and continuing annually. A parcel of taxable real property is a unit of real property in Zone B of Contra Costa County Service Area No. P-2 that receives a separate tax bill for property taxes from the Contra Costa County Treasurer-Tax Collector’s Office. Beginning in the 2021-2022 fiscal year, the maximum special tax would be $67 annually for parcels defined in the measure as “residential” and the maximum special tax would be $200 annually for parcels defined in the measure as “commercial/industrial/ institutional.” Each year, the County Board of Supervisors may decide to impose a special tax that is less than the authorized maximum tax levy for that fiscal year. The tax does not have an expiration date.
Proceeds from the special tax may be used only for the specific purposes set forth in the authorizing ordinance and according to constitutional and statutory provisions. These provisions also require specific accountability measures, including the creation of an account into which the tax proceeds are to be deposited and an annual written report prepared by Contra Costa County’s chief fiscal officer showing the amount of the special tax collected and expended. The tax would be collected at the same time as, and along with, general ad valorem property taxes.
At least two-thirds of those voting on the ballot measure must approve the measure for it to pass.
A “yes” vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the special tax.
A “no” vote is a vote against authorizing the special tax.
For 50 years, Alamo has had a dedicated Sheriff’s deputy, part of a police district voters created in 1970.
Homeowners currently pay $18/year for the Alamo deputy, a parcel tax that has not increased since 1981. This tax no longer keeps up with the deputy’s costs. We must approve a new parcel tax of $67 on residential parcels, an increase of just $49/year, to keep our deputy. Commercial parcels will pay $200 per year.
Although we enjoy 24/7 police protection from the Sheriff with two deputies and a car round the clock, these deputies patrol and respond to a very large area. The Alamo deputy stays in Alamo and is dedicated to Alamo alone.
Our deputy is the school resource officer for Rancho Romero, Alamo and Stone Valley Schools. The deputy patrols the business district, responds to calls for service, conducts followup investigations, and attends and supports community events.
While the $18 parcel tax has not changed in forty years, the cost of a deputy has increased dramatically.
Measure K taxes are overseen by a citizens’ oversight committee composed of Alamo homeowners who meet monthly about police issues in Alamo. This committee has responsibility to make sure your tax dollars are spent wisely. Your neighbors on the committee recommended this tax increase to put our district on a sound financial footing. Calculations show the $67 tax from homeowners plus the $200 parcel tax from commercial properties will put the district in the black.
More information at: www.alamodeputy.org
Vote YES on Measure K to keep our deputy.
Supervisor, District 2
President, Alamo Improvement Association
North Alamo Homeowner
East Alamo Homeowner
South Alamo Homeowner
No Argument Against was filed.