October 26, 2004 > Alameda County Measures relating to the Tri-City Area
Alameda County Measures relating to the Tri-City Area
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Measure AA . Bonds - San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District
To protect public safety and keep Bay Area traffic moving in the aftermath of an earthquake or other disaster, shall BART, the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District, be authorized to issue bonds not to exceed $980 million dollars to make earthquake safety improvements to BART facilities in Contra Costa, San Francisco and Alameda Counties, including strengthening tunnels, bridges, overhead tracks and the underwater Transbay Tube, and establish an independent citizens' oversight committee to verify bond revenues are spent as promised?
What it means - Measure AA, a San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District ("BART") bond measure, seeks voter approval to authorize BART to issue general obligation bonds in series over time in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $980,000,000, at interest rates not exceeding the statutory maximum, to strengthen, seismically retrofit, improve and replace BART facilities in Alameda and Contra Costa counties and the City and County of San Francisco. Funds of each series of bonds will be used to strengthen tunnels, bridges, overhead tracks and the underwater Transbay Tube. Funds cannot legally be used for general operating or administrative expenses. An independent citizens oversight committee would be appointed to review independent audits of the bond program and report bond expenditures to the public, in order to ensure that bond money is properly spent
Fiscal impact - The estimate of the tax rate required to be levied to fund the bonds in each year throughout the term of authorization ranges between .485 center per 100 dollars of assessed valuation ($4.85 per $100,000) and 1.279 cents per 100 dollars of assessed valuation ($12.79 per $100,000), as set forth more fully in the measure's Tax Rate Statement in the Voter Pamphlet.
Measure BB. Parcel Tax - Alameda-Contra Costa Transit Special District Area 1
To preserve affordable local public transportation services that allow seniors and people with disabilities to remain independent, take students to and from school, help East Bay residents commute to work and reduce traffic and air pollution by reducing the number of cars on the road, shall the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) increase its existing parcel tax by $2 per parcel, per month for ten years with an independent fiscal oversight committee and all money staying local?
What it means- If two-thirds of voters approve Measure BB, it will authorize the Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District (AC Transit) to levy a special tax in the amount of $48 per year per parcel of taxable land for ten years. It would be assessed against the owner(s) of each parcel of taxable land only within that portion of the District identified as "Special Transit District 1." Proceeds from this special tax could only be used to fund the operation and maintenance of bus service within Special Transit District 1.
Fiscal Impact: Measure BB costs $2 more per month to landowners in the designated district. The cost is deductible on state and federal taxes.
Measure CC. Park Access, Wildfire Protection, Public Safety and Environmental Maintenance Measure - East Bay Regional Park District Zone 1
To increase public access to shoreline, hillside, and urban parks and trails, enhance public safety (police and wildfire protection), and provide critical environmental maintenance in Zone 1 (western Alameda and western Contra Costa Counties) of the East Bay Regional Park District, shall a resolution be approved authorizing a parcel tax, based upon occupancy, of $1 per month ($12 per year) per single-family parcel, or 69 cents per month ($8.28 per year) per multi-family unit, to expire in 15 years?
What it means - The Board of Directors of the East Bay Regional Park District has placed Measure CC on the ballot to ask voters to approve a 15-year special excise tax to fund public access, wildfire protection, public safety and environmental maintenance of District parks and trails within Zone 1 (western Alameda and western Contra Costa counties). The funds raised by this special tax would include enhanced public safety (police and wildfire protection); an increase of public access to shoreline, hillside, and urban parks and trails; and environmental maintenance in Zone 1 of the District. It also aims to improve natural habitats for wildlife, shorebirds, endangered species and native plants.
Fiscal impact - The occupant/s of a single-unit residential parcel would pay $12.00 per year and the occupant/s of each unit in a multi-unit residential parcel would pay $8.28 per year. Senior citizens with an annual income below the state-defined poverty level would be eligible to receive a 50% discount.
Measure FF. Bonds - Washington Township Health Care District
To improve Washington Hospital's capacity to provide life-saving services to heart attack victims and other critically ill patients and to make seismic upgrades for earthquake safety, reduce patient overcrowding by expanding Emergency, Critical Care, Intensive Care, and Cardiac Care units, provide additional operating rooms and patient beds, and upgrade related medical facilities and building systems, shall Washington Township Health Care District issue $190,000,000 of bonds with independent citizens' oversight and to ensure that no proceeds are used for administrative salaries?
What it means - Measure FF will provide state required upgrades for earthquake safety, upgrade and expand Emergency Room facilities, upgrade and expand Intensive Care Unit facilities, build rapid, state-of-the-art cardiac care facilities, add patient beds and operating rooms, and expand laboratory and x-ray facilities.
Fiscal impact - Bonds not to exceed $190 million at an interest rate not exceeding the statutory limit. Private donations and hospital funds will be used to pay for over half of the cost of hospital construction and projects. Measure FF will cost the average taxpayer less than $10 dollars a year per $100,000 of assessed valuation and is deductible on state and federal taxes.
Measure V. Utility Users Tax - City of Fremont
To help preserve the safety and character of Fremont, with a priority on funding essential services such as police, fire and street and park maintenance (as well as other general city services), shall an ordinance be adopted to establish a utility users tax that cannot ever exceed 6%, and establish an independent Fremont taxpayers committee to oversee the expenditure of these funds and advise the City Council as reductions become possible?
What it means - Measure V seeks voter approval of a Utility Users Tax Ordinance at a rate of no greater than 6% of utility charges for the following types of utilities: telephone (wired and wireless), electricity, natural gas, water, sewer, and video (e.g., cable television). If the 6% maximum tax rate is approved by the voters, the Ordinance authorizes the City Council to reduce the tax rate for particular classes of taxpayers (such as low income taxpayers, or particular classes of businesses), or to reduce the tax rate for particular types of utilities. The Ordinance also requires the Council to review the tax revenues on an annual basis to determine whether to modify any such tax rate reductions.
Fiscal impact - With an average cost of $15.78 per household, the tax is expected to raise $20 million per year for the city.