Needles, CA: On Tuesday, November 6th, 2012, voters in Needles, California will have 2 ballot measures to vote on. Here is a summary about Measure S and Measure T:
**** Information regarding Measure S and Measure T was obtain from the Voter Information Guide and Sample Ballot from the County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters. ****
** Measure S: **
Measure S is the Medical Marijuana Business Tax Measure.
If approved by a majority of the voters, will enact an ordinance taxing marijuana businesses at a rate of up to 10% of their gross receipts, for the privilege of conducting business within the City of Needles. This tax will be in addition to the current business tax imposed on businesses in the City of Needles. The marijuana business tax will tax gross receipts from the planting, cultivation, harvesting, transporting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, processing, preparing, storing, packaging, and wholesale and retail sales of marijuana and ancillary products in the City of Needles, whether of not carried on for profit.
The tax will not takes effect until the Needles City Council, by ordinance, sets the rate of the tax, which cannot exceed 10% of gross receipts. The Needles City Council may, at any time, set a lower tax rate for all marijuana businesses or establish tax rates for different categories of marijuana businesses, subject to the maximum rate of 10% of gross receipts. The City of Needles may also increase the tax rate from time to time, provided the rate set does not exceed 10% of gross receipts.
Measure S does not legalize of otherwise permit marijuana businesses in the City of Needles.
The revenues from the tax imposed by Measure S will be deposited in the general fund and will be subject to the annual audit performed by the City of Needles’ Independent Auditor which is reported in the City of Needles’ Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.
A “Yes” vote is a vote to permit the Needles City Council to impose, by ordinance, a new business tax on marijuana businesses at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts in addition to the current business tax.
A “No” vote is a vote not to permit the Needles City Council to impose, by ordinance, a new business tax on marijuana businesses at a rate of up to 10% of gross receipts in addition to the current business tax.
** Measure T: **
Measure T is the Medical Marijuana Business Tax Measure.
If approved by a majority of the voters, Measure T proposes a 2.5% reduction in the franchise fee the City of Needles currently charges the Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA) from 7.5% to 5%. To offset this 2.5% reduction in the franchise fee, Measure T would impose a Utility Users Tax (UUT) at a rate not to exceed 2.5%, which will be applied to electricity, water, and sewer utility services. The Utility Users Tax (UUT) is a general tax and the revenue the Utility Users Tax (UUT) generates will go to the City of needles’ general fund for essential government services such as police and fire, as well as parks and recreation, the aquatics park, the senior center, the recreation center the golf course, the animal shelter, and other day by day general City of needles services.
The Utility Users Tax (UUT) would be computed on the basis of monthly usage and would be collected by the utility services provider in accordance with the service provider’s regular billing practices.
Measure T requires approval of a majority of voters.
A “Yes” vote for measure T will result in the Needles Public Utility Authority (NPUA) franchise fees being lowered by 2.5% and a 2.5% Utility Users Tax (UUT) being applied to electricity, water, and sewer utility services.
A “No” vote against measure T will result in Measure T failing.
You can read the full packet regarding Measure S and Measure T at the following City of Needles website:
For more information regarding Measure S and Measure T, please contact Dale Jones at the City of Needles City Clerk’s Office at: 1 (760) 326-2113 Ext. 345
If you are planning to vote on Election Day and need to find a polling Place, please head to the following County of San Bernardino Registrar of Voters websites and contacts:
1 (800) 881-VOTE (8683)
1 (909) 387-8300
San Bernardino County Elections Office of the Registrar of Voters
777 East Rialto Avenue
San Bernardino, California, 92415
** Polling Places and Mail Ballot Drop Offs are Open from 7:00am to 8:00pm PT. **
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