NOTICE OF PROPOSED NEW LOCAL PARCEL TAX AND DATE FIXED FOR SUBMITTING ARGUMENTS FOR OR AGAINST LAKEPORT FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT’S PARCEL TAX MEASURE “M,” TO BE VOTED ON AT A SPECIAL MAIL BALLOT ELECTION MAY 7, 2019
NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the qualified electors of the Lakeport Fire Protection District (the "District"), that in accordance with applicable law, the Board of Directors of the District has called a Special Election to held on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The polls will be open between the hours of 7:00 am to 8:00 pm on Election Day; at which election there will be submitted to the voters the question of imposing a parcel tax to continue to provide fire and emergency medical services. The abbreviated statement of the measure to appear on the ballot is as follows:
“To decrease response times and increase fire protection/emergency medical services by increasing staffing at fire stations; and to maintain/replace outdated firefighting equipment, shall the Lakeport Fire Protection District Measure repealing existing fire protection services taxes and levying a tax of $6.14 per benefit unit annually on each parcel of property in the District be adopted, estimated to raise about $1,206,000 annually; until ended by voters, with independent community oversight and all money staying local?”
If two-thirds (2/3) of the qualified electors of the District voting on District Measure “M” vote “YES”, then the District’s Ordinance No. 1819-01 will be become effective July 1, 2019.
Arguments for and against District Measure “M” must be typed and submitted to the Lake County Registrar of Voters (263-2372), Courthouse-Room 209, 255 N Forbes Street, Lakeport, no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 11, 2019.
Written arguments may be submitted by the Board of Directors of the Lakeport Fire Protection District or any member or members of the board, or any individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or bona fide association of citizens, or any combination of such voters and associations may file a written argument for or against any district measure. No argument shall exceed 300 words in length. No more than five signatures shall appear with any argument. All arguments must be accompanied by the “Statement That Argument Is True And Correct” as required by Section 9600 of the CA Elections Code provided by the Registrar of Voters office, stating the printed name and signature or printed names and signatures of the person or persons submitting it or, if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers.
Only one argument for and one argument against District Measure “M” shall be selected for printing and distribution in voter information pamphlets included with mailed ballots. Author(s) of a selected argument may prepare and submit a rebuttal argument not exceeding 250 words to the Lake County Registrar of Voters no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, March 18, 2019. The Interim Registrar of Voters will notify the author(s) of selected arguments in writing of the procedure to submit a rebuttal argument.