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Your MST At Work

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.


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.

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.

Street Improvement Projects - Maintaining, repairing and improving streets.
Approximately $885,000 per year

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. 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.


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 in 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. On August 1, 2016, the City Council adopted a resolution calling an election to place the measure on the November 8, 2016 ballot.

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