March 5, 2024 Special Municipal Election

The City Council has placed a renewal of the City’s Municipal Services Special Tax ("City Services Tax") on the March 2024 ballot. This election will be consolidated with the statewide Presidential Primary Election.

Measure F - Municipal Services Special Tax ("City Services Tax") Renewal

The City Services Tax provides approximately 7% of the City's general fund budget. This tax was first passed by Piedmont voters in 1981 and has been renewed 10 times.

The City Services Tax is levied against all improved lots in the city, with a rate based upon the use, and in most cases, parcel size. The current tax, approved by the voters in 2020, expires on June 30, 2025.

Measure F would renew the City Services Tax for 12 years and increase the rate by 20% — an additional $12-21/month for most households.

Measure F Basics

Existing vs. Proposed: Changes under Measure F

Ballot Question, Arguments & City Attorney's Impartial Analysis

Ballot Question

To increase funding for essential police, fire, and paramedic services, maintain parks, greenspaces, and public areas, and preserve recreation, public works, and community services, shall Ordinance 771 N.S. be adopted to renew the City of Piedmont’s expiring four-year parcel tax with a twelve-year parcel tax with annual rates between $743 and $1,254 per single family residential parcel, $1,254 or $1,882 per commercial parcel, or $515 per multifamily dwelling unit, subject to CPI adjustment, raising approximately $3,272,000 annually?

Measure F History & Related Documents

The City Council voted to place Measure F on the ballot at their regular meeting on November 20, 2023.

Budget Advisory & Financial Planning Committee analysis

The City Services Tax renewal was recommended by the City's Budget Advisory and Financial Planning Committee.

In their October 2023 report to the City Council, the Committee wrote:

"The continued need for the Parcel Tax is demonstrated from the Committee's review of the City's recently provided ten-year General Fund financial projections and the City's facilities maintenance needs."

City Council discussions of City Services Tax renewal

The City Council discussed the City Services Tax renewal at the following meetings:

October 16, 2023
  • Meeting video
  • Staff Report: Budget Advisory & Financial Planning Committee Report Regarding the Municipal Services Special Tax; Consideration of Direction to Staff to Prepare Renewal of Municipal Services Special Tax with CPI or 4% Increase (whichever is less) and Removal of Sunset Clause
November 6, 2023
  • Meeting video
  • Staff report: Introduction and First Reading of Ord.771 N.S. Regarding Renewal of the Municipal Services Special Tax Effective July 1, 2025
November 20, 2023
  • Meeting video (both election-related agenda items were approved as part of the Council consent calendar)
  • Staff report: Second Reading of Ord. 771 N.S. – Regarding Renewal of the Municipal Services Special Tax Effective July 1, 2025
  • Staff report: Consideration of a Resolution Calling for the Holding of a Special Municipal Election to Be Held on Tuesday, March 5, 2024, Requesting the Consolidation of the Special Municipal Election With the Presidential Primary Election and Directing That a Measure Be Added to the Ballot Continuing the Existing Municipal Services Special Tax and Rescinding Resolution 702023

Contact Us

With questions, contact the City Clerk's Office:

Voting Information

For questions regarding your voter registration, sample ballot, or your polling place location, contact the Alameda County Registrar of Voters.

Key Dates

  • January 25, 2024: Voter Information Guides mailed
  • February 5, 2024: First day of mailing vote-by-mail ballots
  • February 5, 2024: Early voting opens at the Registrar of Voters Office
  • February 20, 2024: Last day to register to vote (You can still vote conditionally at a vote center on Election Day if you miss this deadline.)
  • February 24, 2024: 11-day Vote Centers open
  • March 2, 2024: 4-day Vote Centers open
  • March 5, 2024: Election Day: polls open until 8pm

All registered voters in Alameda County will be sent a Vote by Mail ballot.