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Help us determine how the Oakley City Council should proceed with placing a measure on the November ballot that, if approved by voters, would impose a Utility Users Tax to support the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District.

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Do you believe the City should proceed with placing an item on the November ballot to secure additional funding in support of East Contra Costa Fire Protection District?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 33.3% 15
No 64.4% 29
Unsure 2.2% 1

According to the Master Plan, a basic level of service for Oakley would be three fire stations, but funding is only available for one. It is estimated that the average cost to operate each new station is $2.6 million. What level of service & associated Utility Users Tax would you support?

Response Percent Response Count
No New Tax & No New Fire Stations 63.4% 26
Approx. 4.5% Utility Users Tax & 1 New Fire Station 29.3% 12
Approx. 9% Utility Users Tax & 2 New Fire Stations 7.3% 3

The Council has discretion as to which utilities to tax. The associated figure represents the amounts to be collected per utility at a 1% tax. Indicate your sentiments as to whether or not you believe the following utilities should be included (taxed).

Electricity: $270,000 per 1%
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 9.8% 4
Agree 17.1% 7
Neutral 2.4% 1
Disagree 9.8% 4
Strongly Disagree 58.5% 24
Gas: $60,000 per 1%
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 9.8% 4
Agree 19.5% 8
Neutral 4.9% 2
Disagree 4.9% 2
Strongly Disagree 58.5% 24
Telecom: $150,000 per 1%
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 14.6% 6
Agree 9.8% 4
Neutral 9.8% 4
Disagree 7.3% 3
Strongly Disagree 53.7% 22
Cable: $80,000 per 1%
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 12.2% 5
Agree 14.6% 6
Neutral 4.9% 2
Disagree 12.2% 5
Strongly Disagree 56.1% 23
Water: $80,000 per 1%
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 7.3% 3
Agree 24.4% 10
Neutral 4.9% 2
Disagree 2.4% 1
Strongly Disagree 58.5% 24
Sewer: $90,000 per 1%
Response Percent Response Count
Strongly Agree 9.8% 4
Agree 19.5% 8
Neutral 2.4% 1
Disagree 2.4% 1
Strongly Disagree 61.0% 25

Assuming, at least four utilities would be taxed. What percentage would you be willing to support?

Response Percent Response Count
1% 37.5% 9
2% 12.5% 3
3% 8.3% 2
4% 25.0% 6
5% 16.7% 4
6% 4.2% 1
7% 4.2% 1

Please share additional comments or concerns.

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August 15, 2016, 3:14 PM
  • Do you believe the City should proceed with placing an item on the November ballot to secure additional funding in support of East Contra Costa Fire Protection District?
    • No
  • According to the Master Plan, a basic level of service for Oakley would be three fire stations, but funding is only available for one. It is estimated that the average cost to operate each new station is $2.6 million. What level of service & associated Utility Users Tax would you support?
    • No New Tax & No New Fire Stations
  • The Council has discretion as to which utilities to tax. The associated figure represents the amounts to be collected per utility at a 1% tax. Indicate your sentiments as to whether or not you believe the following utilities should be included (taxed).
    • Electricity: $270,000 per 1% - Strongly Disagree
    • Gas: $60,000 per 1% - Strongly Disagree
    • Telecom: $150,000 per 1% - Strongly Disagree
    • Cable: $80,000 per 1% - Strongly Disagree
    • Water: $80,000 per 1% - Strongly Disagree
    • Sewer: $90,000 per 1% - Strongly Disagree
  • Assuming, at least four utilities would be taxed. What percentage would you be willing to support?
    No response.
  • Please share additional comments or concerns.

    This is the wrong approach! No new taxes are going to pass, and the utility tax is certainly the wrong way to do it. You need to fix the problem that created the fire station issue in the first place, which is the way the existing tax money is allocated. I want new fire stations, and voted for the last failed tax approach, but I really want this fixed in the proper way. As of now you are just wasting tax payers money without solving the problem.

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Electricity: $270,000 per 1%
Gas: $60,000 per 1%
Telecom: $150,000 per 1%
Cable: $80,000 per 1%
Water: $80,000 per 1%
Sewer: $90,000 per 1%
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