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FAQ Topic: Potential Property Transfer Tax Measure
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The proposed measure would need a 50% majority vote in order to pass. All registered voters living in the City of San Rafael would be eligible to vote on the measure.
No. By law, all funds from a local voter approved funding measure must be spent locally to address local needs.
This is not an annual tax on property owners. A real estate transfer tax is only paid when a property is bought or sold in San Rafael and is calculated as a percentage of the purchase price.
Yes, most state and federal funding for infrastructure and other investments require local matching funds. A local funding measure would help San Rafael qualify for state and federal funding for infrastructure and homeless services that will otherwise go to other communities.
The City of San Rafael is committed to accountability and transparency with local funds. A local funding measure would likely include a clear system of fiscal accountability, including: By law, all funds raised by the measure must stay in San Rafael for local uses No funds may be taken away by the State Annual independent … Continued
A thorough analysis of San Rafael’s aging library facilities has identified upgrades required for safety, access for older adults and people with disabilities, and functionality for users. For example, the 113-year-old Downtown Library has frequent roof leaks, inadequate plumbing and restrooms and outdated electrical systems that cannot support current technology needs. Children’s programs at the … Continued
Funding from a potential measure could support general city services and projects, such as: Repairing potholes, city streets, sidewalks and traffic signals Upgrading storm drains to reduce street flooding and storm drain failures Preserving rapid 9-1-1 emergency response and evacuation routes Keeping city parks, playgrounds and downtown safe and clean, including addressing the impacts of … Continued
The City of San Rafael is currently considering options for funding improvements to aging streets, storm drains, libraries and other public infrastructure. One option is placing a measure on the November 2022 ballot to increase the existing property transfer tax by 1% – which is only paid when a property is bought or sold in … Continued