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What is the General Purpose Tax on my property tax bill?

The General Purpose tax (Fund # 109079) is the Municipal Services Tax enacted in 1983 with a tax rate of $50 per each residential unit and business unit. This is a fixed amount which can only be increased by election. This tax is no longer being collected.

What is the Special Purpose Tax on my property tax bill?

The Special Purpose tax (Fund # 109241) was originally established by Measure F with a current fixed rate set be election of $125 per each residential unit and business unit. The revenues raised exclusively provided for 24/7 staffing of Police and Fire Services, performing Public Works safety improvements, meeting matching fund requirements to receive state and federal public works grants, and revitalizing youth programs. Measure I in November 2009 extended the term of the tax to June 2015 without an increase in the rate. Measure J on the November 2014 ballot seeks to renew this tax at a rate of $195 ($125 plus $50 from the General Purpose Tax and a nominal increase of $20 to cover additional programs).

What is the Runoff Charge Tax on my property tax bill?

The Runoff Charge tax (Fund # 109156) is the tax collected to fund providing maintenance and repair of the Town’s storm water drainage facilities; to provide capital improvements to the town’s storm drainage system and to provide other clean storm water activities. Established in 1995 to provide a funding source to provide enforcement of the Urban Runoff Pollution Prevention Ordinance. This charge is per “run-of unit” as set forth in the Municipal Code ; with a current tax rate of $15 per each run-off unit for use code 11 (residential) and 14. The remaining use codes are billed at a fixed rate per square footage of run-off area which ranges by use code from $.0005 to $.004. This is a fixed amount which can only be increased by election.

What is the Pension Obligation Tax on my property tax bill?

The Pension Obligation tax (Fund # 109072) is the restricted use of funds tax established in the 1960’s, which is collected to pay for the public employees’ retirement system with current tax rate of $.0910 per $100 of assessed tax roll valuation. This is a variable amount that is adopted by resolution by Council each year which has a cap amount that can only be increased through an election.

What is the Bonds – 2000- K-11/1999 Tax on my property tax bill?

The Bonds – 2000 –K-11/1999 tax (Fund # 109218) is the Tax collected to fund the Measure K General Obligation Bonds for the Town with a current tax rate of $0.03923 per $100 of assessed tax roll valuation. This is a variable amount that is adopted by resolution by Council each year which cannot be greater than the amount required to pay the principal and interest of the general obligation bond debt for the coming year.

Are there any exemptions (e.g., seniors/disabled/veterans/low-income) on my property tax bill?

None of these taxes has provisions for exemption from payment. Some special taxes did provide for exemption when the taxes were passed by the voters.

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