In addition to state proposals to legalize sports g*mbling or codify the right to ab*rtion, Contra Costa voters will have to decide on several important local elections in the November 8 elections.
Some of these new rules are tax measures to modernize school facilities or assistance in paying for basic city services. Here’s a breakdown of the taxes that residents of the Central County will face:
Walnut Creek Sales Tax – Measure O
After 2020, the county made every effort to obtain half a cent of tax 0.5% of every sale – approved by voters, regional groups clash at county meetings to get a slice of the cake.
Walnut Creek can invite the same drama with yours own half-cent sales tax ordinancewhich, if passed by a simple majority, would generate $ 11 million a year over the next 10 years, according to the language of the vote.
The city promises a list of tax revenue benefits – everything from crime prevention to homelessness solutions to upgrading facilities like the new swimming pool at Heather Farm Park.
But since it is a general tax, the revenues themselves would go to the general fund of the city and they would not have to pay for any of these services. As a result, the council can spend the money it wants.
Even so, the city would set up a civic oversight committee and hire independent auditors each year to make sure money is collected and spent responsibly.
One of the benefits of a general tax, said Councilor Kevin Wilk, is that the council can be flexible to allocate money as needs change.
“When there is suddenly something like a pandemic, we can put money (in the pool) to prevent homelessness,” said Wilk.
Dan Buckshi, a city manager, said earlier this year that Walnut Creek was in “financially sound” but noted that most residents had indicated in a survey that they would support a tax increase.
The council may finally decide whether to send the tax revenues to the police, which has been controversial among locals for years, especially after the 2019 police fatal shooting of Miles Hall, a 23-year-old Negro who had a mental health crisis.
After outrage over the cheeky mob theft last year in Nordstrom town centerthe council spent a quarter of its federal COVID-19 aid hiring new officers.
The tax, if introduced, will take effect on January 1. Residents will start paying a total sales tax of 9.25% on every transaction, the same rate as residents of Pleasant Hill and lower than Concord.
Martinez’s school bond – measure K.
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which places more emphasis on funding public schools, Martinez Unified School District has promised to make “health, safety, and security” improvements to its classrooms.
To do this, the district needs 55% of voters to approve a $ 90 million bail to build “modern laboratories, vocational training and equipment centers,” as well as repair leaking roofs and replacing air conditioning systems.
The district adult school is so neglected that if you “lean against a wall, you squeeze through it,” district superintendent Helen Rossi said in an interview.
The bond would be repaid in the form of an annual property tax until approximately 2058. Property owners would pay up to $ 39 for every $ 100,000 of the appraised value of their property each year.
According to the county, a mid-value homeowner would pay $ 533.29 per year in property tax. This includes both Measure K and previous voter-approved bonds, including a $ 120 million bond in 2016 that was set aside for a major renovation of the district’s primary schools.
The new property tax would generate $ 5.6 million a year to pay off Measure K bonds with interest.
The district, which serves nearly 4,000 students in four primary schools, Martinez Middle School and Alhambra High, promises to set up an independent oversight committee and annual audits. By law, no income can be used for the administrator’s salaries or benefits.
Walnut Creek School Bond – J measure
The Walnut Creek school district is asking voters to approve a $ 134 million bail to renovate classrooms, restrooms, laboratories, libraries, canteens, playgrounds, and other facilities.
The measure, which requires 55% approval, will be repaid through an annual property tax of $ 22 for each $ 100,000 of appraised value.
In 2016, 73% of voters approved a bond of $ 60 million to “updating classrooms, libraries and computer networks”.
On time, district officials failed to provide an estimate of the average homeowner’s tax liability for property tax between measure J and existing bonds.
This time the language of the bond measure is very similar to the one it was in 2016. But in addition to the annual audits and oversight committee, the district promises to seek complementary funding from the state to cover the overall tax obligation.
“Our schools are well-maintained and high schools have recently been refurbished,” say voters, but “aging local primary schools are in need of critical repair.”
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