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Municipal Service Tax

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Notice of Public Hearing - August 1, 2016 - Click Here to learn more

What is the MST?
The funds generated by the Municipal Service Tax improve the condition of City streets and storm drains, reduce fire hazards, and shorten emergency response times.

How much money is raised?
The MST generates $1.2 million in revenue per year.

What is the current MST tax rate?
The MST is currently set at $195 per single family residence.


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Where does the money go?

Fire Prevention & Vegetation Management Program

Approximately $300,000 per year
  • Preventing wildfires by removing brush and vegetation.
  • Creating fire breaks.
  • Improving emergency vehicle access.

Street Improvement Projects

Approximately $885,000 per year

  • Maintaining, repairing and improving streets. 
  • Repairing and improving storm drains.
  • Restoring areas damaged by landslides

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Street Rehabilitation Pie Chart

Out of the total annual budget of $2,214,000, the MST provides $885,000, or around 40% of Street Improvement Project funding. The total investment the City has placed in street rehabilitation projects over the past ten years adds up to almost $20 million; the MST accounts for $ 4.8 million or almost 25% of the funding for these important projects.

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Annual Funding for Vegetation Management

Vegetation Management

The Vegetation Management Program removes 300 tons of fire fuel from Mill Valley every year. Along with vegetation removal, the program also offers home inspections, an app to calculate your defensible space, a demonstration garden, and an accreditation program for neighborhoods. To learn more, click here.

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When will the MST expire?
The City of Mill Valley is gearing up for a proposed continuation in 2016 of the MST, which is set to expire in 2018.

When was the MST first passed?
In the 1980s, the Mill Valley City Council determined that existing City revenues could not adequately fund street repairs and began to look for additional sources of revenue, deciding on a Municipal Services Tax to fund street repairs on a pay-as-you-go basis. Voters first approved the MST at $145 per parcel in 1987, with the MST attaining the required two-thirds support of those voting. Voters renewed the MST in 1997 at $145 per parcel and 2006 at a maximum of $195 per parcel.

Is there a senior exemption?
The MST exempts low-income senior citizens. To download the exemption form, please click here.

The tax has been a hugely successful, stable, and local funding source, allowing the City of Mill Valley to stay vigilant on both road repairs and fire prevention efforts. 

Learn More:

News Articles:

July 2016: Road Pavement Project Set to Begin

May 2016: $4 Million Street and Sewer Rehab Project is Set to Begin in July

May 2016: With Fire Season Upon Us, Firefighters Step Up Weed Abatement Efforts

May 2016: MST Study Committee Explores Continuation of Tax Measure for Fire Prevention and Road Repairs

April 2016: City’s Ever-Improving Fire Prevention Program Maximizes Every Dollar

February 2016: City to Host Community Meeting on $3 Million Street and Sewer Rehab Project

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Road paving

Additional Documents:

Resolution 16-26: Amended and Restated Mello-Roos Goals and Policies for Community Facilities District
Resolution 16-29 - Resolution of Intention to Establish Community Facilities District No 2016-1 (Municipal Services) Published Notice of Public Hearing - Community Facilities District No 2016-1 (Municipal Services)


Last updated: 7/20/2016 11:30:41 AM