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Subject:

CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

Council

Report

June 3,

2014

Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

Jason

Stilwell, City Administrator

Request from Monterey-Salinas Transit district to place a county-wide sales tax

measure on the November 4,

2014, ballot

Recommendation(s):

Approve request and adopt the Resolution

(Attachment I) authorizing

Monterey-Salinas Transit to place a one-eighth of one percent county-
wide local sales tax measure on the November 2014 ballot, subject to the

condition that the funds generated would be

restricted

solely for the

provision of services and equipment for veterans, seniors, and persons

with disabilities; subject to review by a citizens' oversight committee; and

subject to special audit.

Executive Summary: Monterey-Salinas Transit is the county's primary provider of public

transportation.

In

addition to providing traditional fixed-route and on-
demand public transportation, MST provides a wide variety of public

transportation services to for veterans, seniors, and

persons with

disabilities which include MST RIDES,

senior shuttles, discount taxi

vouchers, and veterans transportation programs.

Analysis/Discussion:

Traditional sources of dedicated federal

funding for programs that were

designed to benefit veterans, seniors, and persons with disabilities have

been discontinued which will cause these services to face elimination

within less than a year. Because

of this loss of funding, and to continue to

provide this vital service, the MST Board is considering placing a one-
eighth of one percent county-wide local sales tax measure on the

November 2014 ballot. The funds would be

restricted solely for the

provision of services and equipment for veterans, seniors, and persons

with disabilities; would be

subject to review by a citizens' oversight

committee; and

subject to special audit.

The Monterey-Salinas Transit District (MST) was established under

AB644, the Monterey-Salinas Transit District Act, which was signed into

law on October 11, 2009, adding Part 17 (commencing with Section

106000) to Division 10 of the Public Utilities Code, relating to

transportation. MST's enabling legislation states: "The district has no

authority to impose sales or special taxes, but may,

with the concurrence

of a majority of the member jurisdictions represented on the board of

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directors,

cause to be submitted t o voters of the district a ballot measure

for the imposition of those taxes."

MST seeks the City's concurrence to place a one-eighth of one percent

county wide local sales tax measure on the November 2014 ballot with

the funds generated by this measure to be restricted solely for the

provision of services and equipment for veterans, seniors, and persons

with disabilities; would be

subject to review by a citizens'

oversight

committee; and subject to special audit.

Alternative

Council could choose to not support placing this matter on the November

2014 ballot. With the concurrence of seven jurisdictions MST will be able

to place the matter on the ballot.

If MST does not receive concurrence of

at least seven jurisdictions within Monterey County transit services that

benefit veterans, seniors, and

persons with disabilities will be

discontinued.

Fiscal

Impact:

A one-eighth of one percent sales tax will

be put on the November 4,

2014 Monterey-Salinas Transit Ballot.

Budgeted (yes/no}

Funding Source (general fund,

grant, state}

No

N/A

Previous Council

Action/Decision History:

None

Attachment:

Resolution

Reviewed by:

City Administrator

Asst . City Admin.

Public Safety Dir

City

Engineer

City Attorney

Dir of CPB

Library Dir

Admini strative Services

Dir of Publi c Svcs

Other

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CITY OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA

CITY COUNCIL

RESOLUTION 2014-
APPROVING A REQUEST FROM MONTEREY-SALINAS TRANSIT DISTRICT TO

PLACE A ONE-EIGHTH OF ONE PERCENT COUNTY-WIDE SALES TAX MEASURE

ON THE NOVEMBER 4, 4014 BALLOT.

WHEREAS, the Monterey-Salinas Transit District (District, MST) was established under

AB644, the Monterey-Salinas Transit District Act, signed into law on October 11, 2009, and is

found

at California Public Utilities Code,

section 1

06,000;

et seq.; and

WHEREAS, Monterey-Salinas Transit receives federal

funds to provide public

transportation to Monterey County; and

WHEREAS, MST currently provides a wide variety of services for veterans, seniors, and

persons with disabilities. Traditional sources of dedicated federal

funding for these programs

have been discontinued,

causing these services to

face elimination within less than a year;

and

WHEREAS, the MST Board is considering placing a one-eighth of one percent county-
wide local sales tax measure on the November 2014 ballot. The funds would be restricted solely

for the provision of services and equipment for veterans, seniors, and persons with disabilities;

subject to review by a citizens' oversight committee; and subject to special audit;

and

WHEREAS, MST' s enabling legislation (AB644) states that the District may, with the

concurrence of a majority of the member jurisdictions represented on the Board of Directors,

cause to be submitted to

voters of the District a ballot measure for the imposition of taxes in

accord with the limits set by the District enabling Act;

and

WHEREAS, MST requests concurrence from the City of Carmel-by-the-Sea that a one-
eighth of one percent county-wide local sales tax measure for the November 2014 ballot be

submitted to

the voters,

subject to conditions that funds generated would be restricted solely for

the provision of services and equipment for veterans, seniors and persons with disabilities;

subject to review by a citizens oversight committee; and subject to special audit.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY

OF CARMEL-BY-THE-SEA DOES:

Approve a request from Monterey-Salinas Transit District to place a One-Eighth of One

Percent County-Wide Sales Tax Measure on the November 4, 2014 Ballot.

PASS ED AND ADOPTED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CARMEL-
BY-THE-SEA this 3rd day of June 2014 by the following roll

call vote:

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AYES:

COUNCILMEMBERS:

NOES:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:

ABSENT:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:

ABSTAIN:

COUNCIL MEMBERS:

ATTEST:

SIGNED:

Deanna Allen

Deputy City Clerk

Jason Burnett

MAYOR

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