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Municipal Service Tax

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What is the MST?
The funds generated by the Municipal Service Tax improve the condition of City streets, 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.

What is the proposed MST tax rate?
The City Council adopted a resolution to set the new proposed rate at $266 per single family residence with an annual adjustment of 2% to keep up with inflation. Click here to see all rates.

Can MST funds be used for purposes other than maintenance of roads and fire suppression activities?
No. MST funds cannot be used for general government purposes. The money collected is restricted and may only be used for the maintenance of roads and fire suppression activities.


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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. 

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Street Rehabilitation Pie Chart

Out of the total annual budget of $2,414,000, the MST provides $885,000, or around 37% 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. The City of Mill Valley's Pavement Condition Index is currently rated at 64 out of 100 (Fair). Pavement in this range is significantly distressed and may require a combination of rehabilitation and preventive maintenance. Click here to learn more.

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Since 2014, the City Council has assigned additional funds ($200,000 per year in the past, but doubled to $400,000 for FY2016/17 and $412,000 for FY2017/18) from the General Fund to street improvements. As a result, the streets are gradually improving, from a Pavement Condition Index (PCI) of 58 (At Risk) in 2014 to a PCI of 64 (Fair) in 2016.

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 MST 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:

August 2016: Notice of Public Hearing Regarding the Municipal Service Tax

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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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)
August 1, 2016 Public Hearing: Staff Report and Resolutions
Resolution No. 16-39: Resolution of Formation
Resolution No. 16-40: Calling Special Election & City Attorney Impartial Analysis
Resolution No. 16-41: Request Consolidation and Election Services
Resolution No. 16-42: Authorizing Written Argument
Notice of Election
Resolution No 16-43 In Support of the Municipal Service Tax - City Council
Letter In Support of the Municipal Service Tax - Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Letter in Support of the Municipal Service Tax - Emergency Preparedness Commission


Last updated: 10/24/2016 11:18:57 AM