FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2018
Contact: Jonathan Abboud
IVCSD Interim General Manager
Tel: (310) 734-9791
Improved Isla Vista Services and Infrastructure Funding Plan Approved for June Ballot
Isla Vista, CA - The Isla Vista Community Services District announces the adoption of Resolution 20170123-03, calling a special election on June 5, 2018 for the “Improved Isla Vista Services and Infrastructure Funding Plan” Measure. If approved by voters, the Measure will fund local improvements to parking, public safety, lighting, sidewalks, tenant mediation services, graffiti removal, public art, and the operation of community facilities and events. Further, it will allow for direct inclusion of resident concerns in County of Santa Barbara decisions regarding Isla Vista through a Municipal Advisory Council and Area Planning Commission. A utility user tax of 8% on gas, electricity, water, trash, and sewage serves as the funding mechanism, raising approximately $642,000 per year.
In November 2016, voters overwhelmingly approved creation of the District, supporting Measure E by over 87%. In order to ensure the District has the resources to provide critical services to the community, the Board has voted unanimously to place this measure on the ballot for voter approval. The Measure allows for the creation of future exemptions or rate reductions, including a low-income exemption and a lowered rate for commercial utility users. Currently, the District lacks a dedicated and permanent funding source, and it must pass a utility user tax by January 1, 2023 or it will be dissolved.
“Since we began operating ten months ago, the District has shown that it is capable of doing a lot for this community with very little. Approval of this measure by the voters will allow us to embark on a path toward truly transformative change, and fulfill the desire for increased local control in Isla Vista” said Spencer Brandt, the IVCSD Board Secretary.
“The District has done all that it can to present a transparent proposal, designed with community input and reflecting community priorities. Now, it is up to the people of Isla Vista to make their voice heard by voting on this measure” said Jonathan Abboud, Interim General Manager of the IVCSD.
The Isla Vista Community Services District is Isla Vista’s first broad based local government, achieving 47 years of community advocacy for self governance. The IVCSD is empowered to provide critical services including police protection services, tenant mediation, community facilities, parking, graffiti abatement, lighting and sidewalks, and both a municipal advisory council and area planning commission. The Board is composed of five publicly elected directors and two directors appointed by UC Santa Barbara and the County of Santa Barbara, respectively.