.. the potential tax revenue would generate somewhere north $1.2 million, approximately 4% of the Arcata’s $31.7 million budget.
The once hidden and remote town of Arcata California, has had it up to here… (see hand over head) with one of the main contributors to their local economy, the large scale indoor medical marijuana growers. Along this peaceful stretch of the California coast, this quiet little town has always had a warm spot in its heart for the marijuana cultivator. Regardless of whether it was grown somewhere off in the vast expanse of the federal lands, by some (AK 47 seed planting) vet that has no other source of income, or some little lady who happens to be a medical marijuana patient, and growing right next-door… the city of Arcata is doing all they can to trim those marijuana roots that run throughout their community.
Witness measure “I”… The question on the ballot:
Measure I: Shall the City of Arcata impose an electricity users tax rate of 45% on residential customers whose electricity usage exceeds 600% over the established Baseline Allowance with a sole exemption for households receiving an extended Medical Baseline from the electricity service supplier, and automatically terminating in twelve years (City of Arcata Resolution No. 112-52)? View it
According to the current calculations, the amount of electricity one would have to use in theirhome in order to fall subject to the punitive $700 per month bill would be the approximate equivalent power used by 1 of the ‘big box’ drug store. Provided that PG&E isn’t just trying to ‘blow smoke’ up our collective skirts (and I don’t think they are) presently in Arcata 633 homes utilize that much electricity, or put another way – approximately 1 out of every 15 homes— are drawing far more electricity than the average residence, providing strong indication that they’re marijuana cultivators rather than your innocent average family.
Should the same number of growers continue to cultivate in Arcata, after measure “I” passes (Who knows?) the potential tax revenue would generate somewhere north $1.2 million, approximately 4% of the Arcata’s $31.7 million budget.
“Measure I on next week’s ballot would impose a 45 percent electricity tax on households — with medical and other exceptions — that use three times the amount of power a typical family home does. The measure takes aim at commercial growers who maximize production by packing homes full of high intensity lights and irrigation systems that gobble electricity and sometimes cause fires from overloaded circuits.”
“Our hope is to push the large-scale cultivation operations out of town,” remarked Shane Brinton, the creative thinker and vice mayor who has pushed the rather innovative idea.
Brinton went on to muse that… “I don’t view it as anti-marijuana…It’s a land-use issue, a public safety issue, and environmental issue as well.” Should this bill pass, measure “I” would be the first in the country specifically focused at targeting marijuana growers, said Allen St. Pierre, executive director of NORML.