The MST currently generates an average of $1.7 million in revenue per year.
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The funds generated by the Municipal Service Tax improve the condition of City streets and storm drains, reduce fire hazards, and shorten emergency response times.
The City Council adopted a resolution to set the new rate at $266 per single family residence with an annual adjustment of 2% to keep up with inflation. Mill Valley voters approved this new rate in November 2016.
No. MST funds cannot be used for general government purposes. The money collected is restricted and may only be used for the maintenance of roads and fire suppression activities.
The tax began in the 2017/2018 fiscal year and will expire following fiscal year 2026/2027.
In the 1980s, the Mill Valley City Council determined that existing City revenues could not adequately fund street repairs and began to look for additional sources of revenue, deciding on a Municipal Services Tax to fund street repairs on a pay-as-you-go basis. Voters first approved the MST at $145 per parcel in 1987, with the MST attaining the required two-thirds support of those voting. Voters approved the MST in 1997 at $145 per parcel and 2006 at a maximum of $195 per parcel. In 2016, voters approved the tax again in 2016 with 77.33% approval at a rate of $266 per single family residence with an annual adjustment of 2% to keep up with inflation.
The MST exempts low-income senior citizens. If you would like to apply for a Senior Exemption, please contact the Public Works Administrative Aide at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 415-384-4800. Please include your name, mailing address, the parcel number(s) of the property, and the best way to reach you. Forms will be mailed to interested residents in April of each year. The forms will also be posted at the City website at that time.