Posted by Jim Knowles, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Mar 31, 2008 at 6:20 pm
My source of information is the "Official Notice and Ballot Information Guide".
In 1982, Measure K approved a special TAX for $1.75/year/single residence and was passed by 67.7%.
The proposed Mosquito and Disease Control ASSESSMENT for $5.00/2008-2009 year/single residence appears to be a way to avoid the Prop 13 mandate of 2/3 majority as the assessment requires only a weighted majority approval.
* So it appears that by making it an ASSESSMENT vs a TAX we avoid the Prop 13 mandate.
* There is no suggestion that the tax will be replaced by the assessement so the total will be $6.75/year/single residence.
* The assessment "may be continued in future years" and can be adjusted for inflation by up to 3%/year.
I've no reason to suspect that the district's technical employees are not doing a fine job; I do wonder about the lack of clarity in the Official Notice and Ballot Information Guide.
I await feedback before I place my ballot in the mail.
PS Stacy thanks for your web links.
Mathew Artz (InsideBayArea.com) seems to get mixed up in his characterization of assessment and taxes and while it may be the district's intent to drop the $1.75 tax if the assessment is approved, it does not so state in the Ballot Information Guide.