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March 2, 2018

Downtown San Anselmo

San Anselmo Tax Rebate Information

If you are a San Anselmo property owner who has a financial hardship, you may qualify for a rebate of a portion or all of San Anselmo's Municipal Services Tax (called "General Purpose" on your property tax bill), Pension Override Tax and Library Parcel Tax.

Property owners who may be eligible to receive a rebate of these taxes include:

  • Any family in which the principal wage earner(s) has been unemployed for at least 90 days.
  • Any family in which an unforeseen emergency has caused a catastrophe to the family.
  • Any family whose total income is less than 66.67% of a "very low income" from the Income Limit Schedule prepared by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Marin County for FY 2017.

For the 2017-18 program the income limits are:

1 person/household $30,749
2 person/household $35,118
3 person/household $39,520
4 person/household $43,889

The program is a REBATE PROGRAM, so property owners must first pay the taxes, then apply for a rebate in the spring of the year. Applications received are considered by the Town's Tax Equity Board, usually in May.

If you wish to be considered for the spring 2018 tax rebate program, please contact Helen Yu-Scott by email or phone, 258-4678. You can be mailed an application for the program in the spring of 2018 or you can print an application from here.

Please note: The Measure G Bonds (noted as "City Bonds" on your property tax bill) do not qualify for the tax rebate program. Also, rental property is not eligible to be considered for the rebate program.


MERA Announces Senior Homeowner Exemption Applications

A Process for Income Qualified Seniors to Claim an Exemption from MERA’s Parcel Tax
Qualified low-income seniors in Marin County are eligible to file for a tax exemption from a parcel tax that supports the County’s next-generation emergency radio system. In November, 2014, Marin County voters approved Measure A, a parcel tax measure to fund the Marin Emergency Radio Authority’s Next Generation Public Safety Radio System. One item included in the measure was the ability of income-qualified senior homeowners to file for an exemption from the parcel tax.
The deadline to file a low-income senior exemption application for the 2017-2018 tax year is June 1, 2018. The exemption must be renewed annually.
Applications for exemption and additional details are available at:  If you have questions about the parcel tax exemption, please contact NBS at (951) 296-1998


Storm and power outage safety information from PG&E

The weather forecast for the next few days is for rain and a wind advisory. The weather models predict gusty winds in excess of 35 mph and moderate to heavy rain. Our partners at PG&E expect the possibility of weather-related outages on Thursday and Friday. They've provided the attached information on storm and power outage safety. For more gas and electric safety information visit


Town Council Update


At the February 27, 2018 Town Council meeting, Council took the following actions:

-Approved minutes of February 13, 2018.

-Approved Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending January 31, 2018.  

-Approved Recreation Revenue and Expenditure Reports for the period ending January 31, 2018.

-Approved the San Anselmo Baseball Association’s application for the Opening Day Parade scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (SABA)

-Approved the Children for Changes’ application for the concert scheduled for Sunday, April 29, 2018 from 7 a.m. – noon on the Town Hall Lawn. (Children for Change) 

-Received the annual report from the Coalition Connection.  

-Approved resolution revising the Appropriations Limit calculation from Fiscal Year 1987-88 through Fiscal Year 2016-17, in addition to modifying the Fiscal Year 2017-18 Appropriations Limit. 

-Approved framework for the Memorial Park Master Plan and discuss next steps including funding options.
Memorial Park Plan

Council Approval of Framework for
Memorial Park Master Plan

Beginning in late August of 2016, the community embarked on a year-long process designed to develop a plan to address the many physical needs at Memorial Park. This process included over 30 community discussions about desired activities and improvements the community wanted to see, culminating in a final, community-created plan for the park.

The park plan came to the Town Council in the fall, and after reviewing the  proposal, the Council asked that staff work with the community to address concerns related to the Elders' Garden portion of the plan. Two meetings were held and an agreement reached regarding the garden. At the February 27, 2018 meeting, the Town Council approved the updated framework for the park plan. The Council also discussed potential options for funding the project.

African American Art

Art Talk Tuesday

Revelations: Art from the African American South
Tuesday, March 13
12pm, Council Chambers
View the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco’s major acquisition of 62 works by contemporary African American artists from the Southern United States with docent Marsha Holm. This Art Talk will include paintings, sculptures, drawings, and quilts by 22 acclaimed artists, including Thornton Dial, Ralph Griffin, Bessie Harvey, and Lonnie Holley. Working with little or no formal training, and often employing cast-off objects and unconventional materials, these artists have created visually compelling works that address some of the most profound and persistent issues in American



One of the complaints we hear often is regarding the condition of our roadway medians. The Town of San Anselmo has three major medians – Sir Francis Drake Boulevard (SFD) from Bolinas Avenue to the Hub, Red Hill Avenue from the Hub to Sequoia Drive, and Center Boulevard from Madrone Avenue to San Anselmo Avenue. All three medians are in need of improvements. The Department of Public Works is working on a Master Plan for the three medians with the goal of developing a comprehensive plan to install new irrigation, landscaping, trees, drainage and bioretention.

The Master Plan creates the vision for the medians to move forward to obtain funding, design, and ultimately construction. The medians have recently been identified in a Storm Water Resource Plan (SWRP) which helps make them grant-eligible for future funding. The medians are not only important aesthetically but could play an integral part in cleaning storm water runoff into our creeks, minimizing localized flooding (not regional flooding), and help to recharge groundwater if built correctly with bioswales and bioretention. This is also important to insure that the Town complies with current and future mandated storm water regulations.

Between potential grant sources, private donors, and other means of funding the Town is endeavoring to rehabilitate the medians and keep them as a beautiful asset in Town. The Median Master Plan is just one step in this direction and ultimately funding for not only construction but long term maintenance needs to be found.

Two community meetings were held on February 16 and October 12, 2017. At the March 27, 2018 Council meeting, staff will bring forward a draft plan. For more information please visit:

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Town Hall Tower

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES - Service to Your Community Available Seats on Boards and Commissions

Arts Commission – The Arts Commission provides a structure to facilitate the creation of art in all disciplines in the community, promoting and exhibiting art and cultural works produced by Ross Valley artists, and promoting art education in the community and schools.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members, and meets on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chambers.  There are four seats available.  Persons from the Ross Valley are encouraged to apply.
Capital Program Monitoring Committee – The purpose of this committee is to monitor the implementation of the Town’s capital improvement program, funded by the voter-approved Measure D one-half cent sales tax funds, as well as grant funding, Road Maintenance Fund monies, and General Fund monies. The committee’s charge is to issue an annual public report summarizing the progress of capital improvement projects funded by Measure D, as well as capital improvement projects funded by other sources of Town funding. The committee consists of seven members, representing a wide variety of the community, with a range of skills, knowledge and experience in the following areas:
•          Finance (preferably public finance)
•          Engineering and/or construction
•          Public relations and communication
•          Familiarity with various aspects of the San Anselmo Community
Two Councilmembers and two designated Town staff liaisons will serve in an advisory capacity only.  The Committee will meet as needed to review projects. There are three seats available.
Economic Development Committee – The  charge of the Economic Development Committee is to work with local businesses and the community at-large toward a vibrant and successful local economy that meets the needs of the business-owners, residents and visitors of San Anselmo.  The Committee has seven members and meets on the second Tuesday of the month at 8:45 a.m. in the Town Council Chambers.  There are three seats available.
Flood Committee – The charge of the Flood Committee is to serve as the Town’s expert representatives on flooding and storm water management issues, to become informed on the hydrologic conditions that affect flooding in San Anselmo, to evaluate possible solutions and to make recommendations to the Town Council.  Applicants are recruited from professionals in the fields of engineering, hydrology, flood control and other areas of expertise that relate to the control of storm water.  The committee consists of 7 members and meets on an as needed basis. There are two seats available.
Historical Commission
– The Historical Commission was created to preserve the history of San Anselmo by means of research and the collection and organization of information, photographs and artifacts concerning the Town’s development.  The Commission consists of eleven members, including youth members and meets at 7:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays of the month in the Historical Museum, located on the first floor of the Library.  There are two seats available.

Dog Park Steering Committee - The San Anselmo Dog Park Steering Committee exists to provide ongoing input to the Town of San Anselmo regarding the ongoing operation of the Red Hill Dog Park, and to serve in an advisory capacity to the Town regarding dog use issues at other Town parks. The Committee meetings every two months on the fourth Monday of the month at 5:00pm. There are two seats are available.

For more information or an application, please visit:
Applications for these openings should be submitted by Friday, March 2, 2018.

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Upcoming Public Meetings

Monday, 03/5/18- Planning Commission - Council Chambers 7 p.m.

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