August 1, 2016 - 6:30 pm
Mill Valley City Hall
26 Corte Madera Ave.
Mill Valley CA 94941
The City of Mill Valley would like to notify you of a Public Hearing regarding the Municipal Service Tax (MST), which was first approved by the voters in 1987. The funds generated by the MST improve the condition of City streets, reduce fire hazards, and shorten emergency response times. The current MST is set to expire soon. To continue successful, long-term progress to reduce wildfire risk and improve our roads, the City Council is considering placing a measure on the November 2016 ballot to renew this critical source of locally controlled funding.
At this hearing, the City Council will consider:
The MST has provided critical funding for essential City services for almost three decades. Our community has shown strong confidence in the City of Mill Valley for many years by continuing to support this important local funding source. The revenue from our MST is used to fix potholes, improve City streets,shorten emergency response times and reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfires.
While real measurable progress has been made in the condition of our local streets, there remains a significant backlog in pothole repair and road maintenance projects and the risk of wildfires is constant in Mill Valley. With three-fourths of the funding dedicated to road repair, this measure allows the City to continue our work to fix many streets and roads sooner, before they get worse and become more expensive to repair in the future. The funds from the MST also continue essential funding for vegetation management, to reduce fire-prone vegetation, pedestrian evacuation improvements, and emergency vehicle access improvements.
The measure will continue to have strict fiscal accountability provisions to ensure that the revenue does exactly what is promised, with audits and oversight. It will expire in ten years, and it includes an exemption for income-qualified seniors.
The Municipal Service Tax plays a crucial role in providing a guaranteed source of locally controlled funding to improve Mill Valley roads and protect the community from the threat of wildfire.
The City is providing a mailed notice to both registered voters and property owners in Mill Valley City Limits. Some residents may receive multiple notices.We apologize for the inconvenience.