At the Council meeting of May 6, 2013, the City Council adopted a resolution proposing a General Municipal Election be held on Tuesday, November 5, 2013, and to include the San Rafael Elementary School District and the San Rafael High School District General Election. The issues presented to the voters at the election were:
Election of two (2) City Councilmembers for the full term of four years each;
Election of three (3) members of the Board of Education for the full term of four years each
For more detailed information regarding the November 5, 2013 General Municipal Election or election procedures, please see the staff report & resolution.
At the Council meeting on December 2, 2013, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring canvass of returns and results of the consolidated Municipal Election held on November 5, 2013. The City of San Rafael voters elected Kate Colin and Maribeth Bushey Lang to the offices of City Councilmember.
Rachel Kertz and Natu Tuatagaloa appointed to members of Board of Education.
Campaign Finance Filings
At the Council meeting on July 15, 2013, the City Council introduced Ordinance No. 1913 and adopted Resolution 13572, placing a measure on the November 5, 2013 ballot to extend and increase by one-quarter of one percent (0.25%) the existing transactions and use tax adopted in 2005 by Measure S. Resolution No. 13572 also contained the specific ballot question to appear on the ballot. Since the July 15 meeting, the City Attorney revised the ballot question slightly, and the City Council adopted a resolution revising the ballot question as follows:
Measure E - City of San Rafael Transactions and Use Tax
“Shall the City of San Rafael extend the existing one-half percent local sales tax and increase the rate by one-quarter percent to provide YES funding that cannot be taken by the State, and can be used to preserve essential city services for a period of 20 years, including: maintaining NO rapid emergency police/fire response times, maintaining adequate numbers of on-duty firefighters/paramedics/police, ensuring earthquake safe police/fire stations, maintaining community centers and repairing city streets?”
On August 5, 2013, the City Council accepted the impartial analysis from the City Attorney.
At the Council meeting on December 2, 2013, the City Council adopted a resolution declaring canvass of returns and results of the consolidated general municipal election held on November 3, 2013. The City of San Rafael voters approved the Measure E with the required two-thirds majority vote, and adopted a new Ordinance amending Chapter 3.19 of the Municipal Code of the City of San Rafael to extend and increase the existing Transactions and Use Tax.