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Mayor Files Ballot Argument On City’s Utility Tax Ballot Measure

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer has filed a ballot argument advising caution regarding the city's Utility Modernization Act ballot measure. (File photo)

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer has filed a ballot argument advising caution regarding the city’s Utility Modernization Act ballot measure. (File photo)

Alameda Mayor Trish Spencer has filed a ballot measure argument advising voters to carefully review before voting the Utility Modernization Act, a city-sponsored ballot measure that she voted against putting on the ballot just days ago.

Spencer was the sole councilmember who voted against putting the act, abbreviated to “UMA,” on the November ballot.

The measure combines some housekeeping around the Utility Users Tax with an explicit voter ratification of an annual transfer of funds from the city-owned electric utility to the city’s general fund.

The two issues aren’t directly related, aside from being “utility” issues.

Spencer’s ballot argument raises the same questions she previously raised on the dais, and with Action Alameda News, including whether or not a re-ordering of the Utility Users Tax will lead to a salary and pension windfall.

“As Alameda’s Mayor, it is my job to ensure that ballot measures are made clear to voters. Unfortunately, Measure __ omits information which may cause people to vote against it,” her statement reads.

While Spencer doesn’t urge voters to vote against the measure, encouraging them only to read the measure carefully, it will appear in the voter guide as an “argument against” the measure.

In their argument in favor of the measure, proponents argue that passage is essential for the city to maintain vital services.

Both statements are reproduced below.

Alameda UMA Arguments

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