Yes on Measure W
West Marin Ballot Measure W will support local volunteer fire departments and Marin County Fire, a primary responder to several parts of West Marin. Measure W will also provide funding to local nonprofits and other community-serving entities to create and preserve community housing in West Marin. It will make available funds for earnest money deposits and inspection fees for acquisitions, for rehabilitation grants and loans and rental assistance loans for security deposits and emergency rent relief. Many of these uses will be loans which, when repaid, will be available for further housing creation in an accumulating fundby providing funds for additional, paid seasonal personnel and needed additional equipment..
The source of the funds for these twin community benefits is a 4% increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), paid by overnight visitors to West Marin for lodging of less than 30 days. The current TOT rate is 10% and these revenues now go into Marin County’s General Fund. The revenues from the 4% increase will be restricted to benefit West Marin only. The increase to 14% of the TOT brings Marin more in line with neighboring jurisdictions such as San Francisco, Sonoma, Napa, and leaves Marin's rate substantially lower than other resort areas in California.
This use of Transient Occupancy Tax funds is appropriate and fair. West Marin is subject to large influxes of tourists for a substantial portion of the year. These influxes have dramatically increased the number of emergency calls and stained the ability of our fire departments to respond. The visitor influx has also prompted the conversion of long term housing to short-term Airbnb type accommodations, depriving our communities of family, employee, senior and fire volunteer dwellings.
The revenues created by this additional 4% amounts to approximately $1,300,000 per year and is to be divided equally between West Marin’s firefighters, and community housing opportunities in West Marin. Measure W will create locally controlled committees of stakeholders to ensure that the funds generated are spent only in West Marin and only for these vital purposes.
Supervisor Dennis Rodoni’s Measure W will go before West Marin voters on the November 6, 2018 ballot, and will require a supermajority of 2/3 to pass .
Vote YES on W!