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The General Municipal Election is to be held in the City of Encinitas on November 8, 2022.  At the May 11, 2022, meeting the City Council adopted Resolution 2022-43 ordering the submission to the qualified electors of the City of Encinitas a Cannabis Business Tax ballot measure with the ballot question to appear as follows: 

To fund general municipal expenses including law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, street improvements and recreation, shall the City tax cannabis and hemp businesses at annual rates of between 4% to 7% of gross receipts for retail cannabis businesses, 1% to 4% for non-retail cannabis businesses, and $2.00 to $10.00 per canopy square foot for cultivation; expected to generate an estimated $800,000 to $1,400,000 annually and will be levied until repealed/modified by the voters?

YES

NO

 

Pursuant to California Election Code 9282(b) “(b) For measures placed on the ballot by the legislative body, the legislative body, or a member or members of the legislative body authorized by that body, or an individual voter who is eligible to vote on the measure, or bona fide association of citizens, or a combination of voters and associations, may file a written argument for or against any city measure.”

At the May 11, 2022, City Council meeting, the City Council approved the draft argument in favor of the measure and authorized the City Council to sign. 

At the June 15, 2022, City Council meeting, the Council adopted Resolutions 2022-47 and 2022-48 calling and consolidating the election and include the following provisions for arguments:

  • Direct arguments for and against the ballot measure shall be submitted to the City Clerk no later than August 11, 2022, at 5:00 p.m., and shall not exceed 300 words.
  • In addition, pursuant to Resolution 2013-11 and in accordance with California Election Code Section 9285 rebuttal arguments, not exceeding 250 words, may be submitted to the City Clerk no later than August 18, 2022, at 5:00 p.m.

August 11, 2022 Deadline to Receive Direct Arguments

Direct Arguments:

  • Limited to a maximum of 300 words in length
  • Must be submitted to and received by the City Clerk no later than August 11, 2022
  • Must include the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument
  • Direct arguments may be changed or withdrawn until and including the date due to the City Clerk (August 11, 2022) 
  • The direct argument may have no more than five (5) signatures.  If more than five (5) signatures are submitted, the first five (5) will be printed in the Sample Ballot/Voter Information Pamphlet
  • All signers must sign the argument/rebuttal in addition to signing the argument/rebuttal signature form provided by the City Clerk’s Office (signature form attached)

Printed direct arguments submitted to the voters shall be titled either:

“ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE ____”

or

“ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE ____”

August 12, 2022, City Clerk to “trade” direct arguments with authors from each side for preparation of rebuttals

August 12-22, 2022, 10-day public review period for direct arguments

August 18, 2022, Deadline to Receive Rebuttal Arguments

August 19-29, 2022, 10-day public review period for rebuttal arguments

            Rebuttal Arguments:

  • Limited to 250 words in length
  • Must be submitted to and received by the City Clerk no later than August 18, 2022
  • Submitted by the authors of the opposing direct arguments, accompanied by the printed name(s) and signature(s) of the author(s) submitting it, or if submitted on behalf of an organization, the name of the organization, and the printed name and signature of at least one of its principal officers who is the author of the argument
  • The author or a majority of the authors of the direct argument, may authorize in writing any other persons or persons to prepare, submit, or sign the rebuttal argument (see attached authorization form)
  • The rebuttal argument may have no more than five (5) signatures.  If more than five (5) signatures are submitted, the first five (5) will be printed in the Sample Ballot/Voter Information Pamphlet
  • All signers must sign the rebuttal argument in addition to signing the argument/rebuttal signature form provided by the City Clerk’s Office (signature form attached)

Printed rebuttal arguments submitted to the voters shall be titled either:

“REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE _____”

or

“REBUTTAL TO ARGUMENT AGAINST MEASURE ____”