At its May 15, 2017 regular City Council meeting, the Mill Valley City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1293, which moves the City's General Municipal Elections from November of odd-numbered years to June of even-numbered years. Aimed at increasing voter turnout, Senate Bill 415 mandated that many local agencies change election dates to align with statewide elections. To transition the City's election date from the odd-year schedule to the new even-year schedule, each current Mill valley Councilmember will have six (6) additional months added to their term of service (one time only). The November, 2017, election will be moved to June, 2018. The November, 2019 election will be moved to June, 2020.
As required by state law, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the City of Mill Valley's change of election date at its June 6, 2017, meeting (California Elections Code Section 10403.5). Questions about the election date change may be directed to the City Clerk's office at (415) 388-4033 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
On August 1, 2016, the City Council adopted Resolution 16-39 submitting to the voters a proposed ballot measure to continue the Municipal Service Tax (MST), allowing the City to levy a Special Tax on certain properties within the District to provide funding for City services currently supported by the existing Special Tax. This includes fire suppression activities such as vegetation removal, and the maintenance, repair and improvement of City streets.
The City of Mill Valley held a Special Election on November 8, 2016, which was consolidated with the statewide General Election held on the same date and conducted by the elections official of the County of Marin. Results showed that 77.33% of the votes cast in the District, more than the required two-thirds, were in favor of the proposition to levy a Special Tax.
The new Special Tax will replace the existing Special Tax and begin in fiscal year 2017-2018 and expire following fiscal year 2026-2027. The Special Tax is $266 per year for a single family residential property, with an annual adjustment of 2%. The rate and method of apportionment of the Special Tax prescribes rates for other land uses as well, as described in the Resolution No. 16-39 - Resolution of Formation.
Residents who have moved or changed their name must re-register to be eligible to vote in future elections. Postage-paid, preaddressed registration forms may be obtained from any post office, city/town hall, public library or fire station in Marin County.
Residents may also register to vote in person at the Marin County Registrar of Voters' Office. Office hours are from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM, Monday through Friday. The phone number is 499-6456, and the fax number is 499-6447. If you have moved or changed your name you must re-register to be eligible to vote in any future elections.
Marin County Registrar of Voters
Marin County Civic Center
3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 121
San Rafael, California
For more information, please visit the Marin County Registrar of Voters website.
Another excellent resource for election information is at smartvoter.org, an online service of the League of Women Voters.