Local Elections Update:
Final Results – Voters Pass 58 Percent of Local Tax and Bond Measures

Voters around the state approved 74 of 128 local non-school tax and bond measures on November 7, or 58 percent, including just over half of the sales tax hikes and most parcel tax levies.

Local school construction bond measures fared much better, with 55 of 70 proposals (over 78%) winning approval.

In all, almost 65 percent, or 131 of 202 local government and school district measures met with voter approval, according to final certified results that were due December 5.

Sales Taxes: 20 of 38 are approved. With Tulare County's 0.5% transportation tax winning by 363 votes (67.2%) out of 67,000 cast, 20 local sales tax increases were approved of 38 on ballots around the state.

Also squeaking by was the 0.5% hike in Arroyo Grande (San Luis Obispo County), winning with only 50.09% of the vote in final official returns reported November 29. As a general tax, it needed only a majority vote. Special taxes, defined as those that earmark proceeds for such things as transportation, require two-thirds, or 66.67% approval.

Support for measures ranged from a high of 81% for a 0.5% increase for street improvements in Nevada City to a low of 19.6% for a quarter-cent (0.25%) sales tax in Sacramento County, mostly to help finance a new arena for the Maloof family’s Sacramento Kings.

Five countywide transportation sales tax measures passed; six were rejected, including the rail transit tax proposal in the transportation district encompassing Marin and Sonoma counties.

School Bonds. Of the 70 local school bond measures, proposing about $8.4 billion in financing, 55 were approved. About $6.5 billion in school bonds will require higher property taxes as a result of these elections. Listed as too close to call in Caltaxletter’s December 1 report, Turlock High School's $7.775 million bond passed with 55.5% of the vote. Yuba Community College District's $190 million bond won with 56.6% of the vote.

Two of the four school district parcel taxes were approved.

Utility User Taxes. Seven of eight measures on ballots were approved, including a reduction in Portola Valley. A reduction in Compton was coupled with an expansion of the levy to tax wireless phone bills. Most of the measures continue existing taxes, approving new ordinances that are in compliance with federal repeal of the excise tax on long-distance calls, which had been imposed to help finance the Spanish-American War. Of the two UUT measures that sought to increase the tax, voters rejected a measure in Fremont (Alameda County), but passed – just barely – Menlo Park’s 3.5% UUT (2.5% commercial) in San Mateo County. It squeaked by with 50.3% of the vote.

Parcel Taxes: Thirty-two the 47 non-school parcel taxes on ballots around the state were approved, including two that had been too close to call. All 14 parcel taxes in upscale Marin County, mostly for paramedic services, passed. Without Marin County’s results, skewing the statewide picture, 18 were approved and 15 failed.

Santa Monica's $84 parcel tax for clean beaches was a cliff-hanger, passing with 67.02% of the vote. In San Diego County, the Rincon Ranch Community Service District's parcel tax to repair rural roads was approved without a vote to spare, getting exactly two-thirds, or 66.67% of the vote.

Hotel Taxes: Nine of 17 transient occupancy tax measures were approved.

Local Bonds. Of 13 local non-school bonds on ballots, only three were approved, amounting to $37.5 million. The biggest bond, $1 billion for housing in Los Angeles, was among the losers. Unlike local school bonds, which generally need just 55 percent voter approval, non-school bonds require two-thirds approval.

Other Measures. San Francisco voters rejected a parking tax while business license taxes were approved in two cities. Watsonville voters barely approved a limit on property taxes that can be used to fund city employee pensions. In Richmond, voters rejected a scheme to impose an inventory tax-business license tax measure that targeted refineries.

(Following is a listing of measures by tax and county.)

NOVEMBER 7, 2006 GENERAL ELECTION

 

SALES TAX MEASURES

County

Jurisdiction

Rate Increase

Purpose

Vote Needed

Result

% Yes

Amador

Amador County

0.25%

Fire

Two-Thirds

Failed

48.74%

Amador

Amador County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Failed

61.39%

Colusa

Williams

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

54.20%

Contra Costa

Pinole

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

59.65%

Fresno

Fresno County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Passed

77.70%

Kern

Kern County Measure I

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Failed

56.44%

Kern

Delano

0.50%

Police & Fire

Two-Thirds

Failed

52.08%

Lake

Clearlake

0.50%

General

Majority

Failed

37.10%

Los Angeles

Inglewood

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

51.99%

Madera

Madera County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Passed

73.10%

Marin-Sonoma

2-county transit district

0.25%

Transit

Two-Thirds

Failed

65.30%

Merced

Merced County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Failed

60.87%

Monterey

Del Rey Oaks

1.00%

General

Majority

Passed

56.60%

Nevada

Grass Valley

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Failed

57.50%

Nevada

Nevada City

0.50%

Streets

Two-Thirds

Passed

80.90%

Orange

Orange County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Passed

69.70%

Riverside

Cathedral City

0.75%

General

Majority

Failed

33.49%

San Benito

Hollister

1.00%

General

Majority

Failed

47.50%

Sacramento

Sacramento County

0.25%

General

Majority

Failed

19.62%

San Bernardino

Needles

0.25%

Utility enterprise

Two-Thirds

Failed

59.20%

San Bernardino

City of San Bernardino

0.25%

Public safety

Majority

Passed

67.10%

San Diego

City of Vista

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

53.97%

San Joaquin

San Joaquin County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Passed

77.94%

San Joaquin

Lodi

0.25%

Fire Facilities

Two-Thirds

Failed

43.85%

San Joaquin

Manteca

0.50%

Public safety

Two-Thirds

Passed

70.03%

San Luis Obispo

Pismo Beach

0.50%

General

Majority

Failed

49.12%

San Luis Obispo

City of San Luis Obispo

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

64.77%

San Luis Obispo

Arroyo Grande

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

50.09%

San Luis Obispo

Morro Bay

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

65.00%

San Luis Obispo

Grover Beach

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

55.72%

San Mateo

San Mateo County

1/8th%

Park & Recreation

Two-Thirds

Failed

55.40%

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County

0.75%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Failed

54.47%

Santa Cruz

City of Santa Cruz

0.50%

General

Majority

Passed

58.04%

Santa Cruz

Watsonville

0.25%

General

Majority

Passed

50.97%

Sonoma

Sonoma County Open Space Authority

0.25%

Open space

Two-Thirds

Passed

75.70%

Stanislaus

Stanislaus County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Failed

57.92%

Tulare

Tulare County

0.50%

Transportation

Two-Thirds

Passed

67.23%

Ventura

City of Ventura

0.25%

Public safety

Two-Thirds

Failed

61.95%

 

WATER TAX MEASURE

County

Jurisdiction

Increase

Purpose

Vote Needed

Result

% Yes

Modoc

Altura

$1

Mosquito abatement

Two-Thirds

Passed

74.00%

 

INVENTORY TAX MEASURE

County

Jurisdiction

Increase

Purpose

Vote Needed

Result

% Yes

Contra Costa

Richmond 1/8th of 1 percent of value of certain resource inventory and other taxes for other business

1/8th%

General

Majority

Failed

42.32%

 

PARCEL TAX MEASURES (NON-SCHOOL)

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Purpose

Result

% Yes

Butte

City of Biggs

$70

Hospital District

Passed

77.58%

Butte

City of Gridley

$70

Hospital District

Passed

77.17%

Butte

County of Butte

$70

Hospital District

Passed

74.94%

Contra Costa

Lafayette

$64

Police

Failed

60.60%

Contra Costa

Clayton CSD

$16.39/residential

Park funding

Passed

70.59%

El Dorado

Springfield Meadows CSD

$150

Infrastructure

Failed

49.00%

El Dorado

Cameron Estates CSD

$950/residential

$4,000/commercial

Roads

Failed

33.70%

Kern

North Edwards Water District

$50

Special

Failed

44.72%

Kern

California City

$105

 

Failed

48.64%

Lake

Butler-Keys CSD

$45

Streets

Failed

54.70%

Lassen

West Patton Village CSD

$213/residential

$319/commercial

Fire Services

Failed

63.21%

Lassen

Lake Forest FPD

$100

Fire Services

Passed

70.69%

Los Angeles

Santa Monica

$84

Clean beaches

Passed

67.02%

Los Angeles

San Marino

 

Public safety

Passed

70.70%

Marin

Mill Valley

$195/residential

Storm drains

Passed

76.21%

Marin

San Rafael

$24

Paramedics

Passed

78.45%

Marin

Paradise Ranch Estates (Inverness Ridge)

$275

Roads

Passed

74.79%

Marin

San Anselmo

$48

Paramedics

Passed

77.83%

Marin

Sleepy Hollow FPD

$48

Paramedics

Passed

88.10%

Marin

Marinwood CSD

$24

Paramedics

Passed

71.21%

Marin

Corte Madera

$45/residential

Paramedics

Passed

73.18%

Marin

Kentfield

$39

Paramedics

Passed

78.99%

Marin

Fairfax

$39

Paramedics

Passed

76.10%

Marin

Larkspur

$45

Paramedics

Passed

74.21%

Marin

Ross

$48/residential

Paramedics

Passed

81.38%

Marin

Lucas Valley CSA

$24 increase

Paramedics

Passed

89.62%

Marin

Santa Venetia Bayside Acres FPD

$24 increase

Paramedics

Passed

74.21%

Marin

Ross Valley PCSA

$48/residential

 

Passed

75.59%

Mendocino

South Coast FPD

$35 increase

 

Passed

67.89%

San Diego

Rincon Ranch CSD

$150 + $5.20/ac

Streets

Passed

66.67%

San Diego

Julian Cuyamaca FPD

$50 +

 

Passed

73.56%

San Luis Obispo

Cambria HCD.

$65 increase

Paramedics/ambulance

Passed

72.25%

San Mateo

East Palo Alto C

$75/residential

Public safety

Passed

67.70%

San Mateo

East Palo Alto D

$75/residential

Public safety

Failed

30.30%

Santa Barbara

Vandenberg Village CSD

$22

Library

Failed

52.55%

Siskiyou

Mt. Shasta FPD

$100

Fire

Failed

44.25%

Siskiyou

McCloud

$15 to $67

Park & Recreation

Failed

39.06%

Siskiyou

McCloud "F"

$131

Fire & Emergency

Failed

49.19%

Siskiyou

Yreka

$60 up to $350 business property

Fire protection

Passed

67.58%

Sonoma

Windsor FPD

$.04 square foot

 

Passed

69.30%

Sonoma

Gold Ridge FPD

$40/residential

 

Failed

66.60%

Sonoma

Rancho Adobe FPD

$6.25/unit/risk

 

Failed

64.00%

Stanislaus

Keyes CSD

$9 increase

Street lighting

Failed

29.01%

Trinity

Hayfork-Mountain Community

   Medical Services District

$118

Hospital

Passed

74.91%

Tulare

Woodlake FPD

$22.60

Fire

Passed

72.51%

Tulare

Springville Memorial

$8.50

Parks

Passed

70.85%

Tulare

Ivanhoe Public Utility District

Up to $24/year

Street lights

Passed

78.24%

 

AD VALOREM PROPERTY TAX MEASURE

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Purpose

Result

% Yes

Santa Cruz

Watsonville

Caps average retirement rate at 0.077%

Pensions

Passed

50.96%

 

HOTEL TAX MEASURES

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Result

% Yes

Del Norte

Del Norte County

Repeal government employee exemption

Passed

51.67%

Del Norte

Del Norte County

2% increase

Failed

39.49%

Del Norte

Del Norte County

Extend to RV parks

Failed

37.02%

Del Norte

Crescent City

2% increase

Failed

32.68%

Glenn

City of Orland

2% increase

Passed

59.55%

Inyo

Inyo County

Increase 3%

Passed

52.83%

Kern

Tehachapi

4% increase

Failed

45.90%

Mendocino

Ukiah

2% increase

Passed

53.34%

Merced

Livingston

2% increase

Failed

39.55%

Orange

La Habra

10% new

Failed

46.70%

Riverside

La Quinta

Extend

Passed

78.82%

Riverside

Indian Wells

Condo Renters Fee

Passed

82.11%

San Bernardino

Hesperia

3% increase

Passed

54.10%

Santa Barbara

Solvang

1% increase

Failed

48.00%

Solano

Rio Vista

2% increase

Passed

57.41%

Sonoma

Cotati

2% increase

Failed

36.00%

Yuba

Wheatland

10%

Passed

65.20%

 

BUSINESS LICENSE TAX MEASURES

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Result

% Yes

Monterey

Carmel

12c per $1,000

Passed

63.20%

Humboldt

Blue Lake

$50, plus $15 first 14 workers

Passed

64.10%

 

UTILITY USERS TAX MEASURES

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Result

% Yes

Alameda

Fremont

4% gas and electricity

Failed

42.60%

Fresno

Fowler

Continue existing taxes

Passed

65.90%

Humboldt

Eureka

3%

Passed

51.60%

Los Angeles

Compton

10% to 8.5%; expands to tax wireless

Passed

89.80%

Los Angeles

San Marino

Continues 6% tax

Passed

58.29%

San Mateo

Daly City

Continues 5% tax

Passed

71.40%

San Mateo

Menlo Park

3.5% gs; 2.5% commercial

Passed

50.30%

San Mateo

Portola Valley

5.5% to 4.5%

Passed

86.20%

 

PARKING TAX MEASURE

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Result

% Yes

San Francisco

San Francisco

10% surcharge

Failed

32.77%

 

BONDS (NON-SCHOOL)

County

Jurisdiction

Amount

Purpose

Result

% Yes

Alameda

Albany

$5 million

Fire safety

Passed

76.40%

Alameda

Oakland

$148 million

Library

Failed

64.10%

Alameda

Hayward Area Recreation/Park District

$30 million

Open space

Failed

63.00%

Contra Costa

Orinda

$59.1 million

Roads, etc.

Failed

64.38%

Fresno

Sierra Kings Hospital District

$20 million

Hospital

Passed

69.20%

Imperial

Holtville

$5.2 million

 

Failed

41.40%

Kern

Kern Valley Health CD

$12.5 million

Hospital

Failed

65.36%

Los Angeles

Claremont

$12.5 million

Open space

Passed

70.80%

Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

$1 billion

Housing

Failed

62.86%

Los Angeles

Diamond Bar

$13.1 million

Library

Failed

29.20%

San Mateo

Burlingame

$37 million

Flood control

Failed

64.00%

San Diego

Tri-City Health District

$596 million

Hospital

Failed

64.79%

Santa Cruz

Scotts Valley FPD

$5.2 million

Fire protection

Failed

52.27%

 

LOCAL SCHOOL BOND MEASURES

County

District

Amount

Result

% Yes

Two-Thirds?

Alameda

San Leandro Unified

$109 million

Passed

68.70%

 

Calaveras

Calaveras USD

$13.5 million

Passed

55.78%

 

Contra Costa

Liberty Union HSD

$85 million

Failed

53.21%

 

Contra Costa

Pittsburg USD

$85 million

Passed

74.12%

 

El Dorado

Black Oak Mine USD

$6.9 million

Passed

62.50%

 

El Dorado

Buckeye Union SD

$28.3 million

Passed

62.40%

 

Fresno

Selma USD

$23.8 million

Passed

70.10%

 

Fresno/Tulare

Kings Canyon USD

$32 million

Passed

60.30%

 

Fresno/Tulare

Dinuba USD

$37 million

Passed

59.40%

 

Fresno/Kings/et al

West Hills CCD

$49.4 million

Failed

50.60%

 

Humboldt

Fortuna ESD

$3.9 million

Passed

73.90%

 

Humboldt

Jacoby Creek Charter School

$2.5 million

Failed

46.30%

 

Kern

Bakersfield Elementary

$100 million

Passed

63.83%

 

Kern

Greenfield Elementary

$40 million

Passed

69.91%

 

Kings/Tulare

(Hanford campus)

College of the Sequoias

$22 million

Passed

59.40%

 

Lake

Middletown USD

$15.3 million

Passed

66.90%

 

Lassen

Susanville School District

$6.25 million

Failed

52.05%

 

Los Angeles

Arcadia USD

$218 million

Passed

67.00%

 

Los Angeles

Baldwin Park USD

$75.5 million

Passed

72.00%

 

Los Angeles

Bassett USD

$20 million

Passed

73.40%

 

Los Angeles

El Segundo USD

$19 million

Failed

50.00%

 

Los Angeles

Paramount USD

$100 million

Passed

74.10%

 

Los Angeles

Santa Clarita CCD

$160 million

Passed

62.60%

 

Los Angeles

Santa Monica-Malibu USD

$268 million

Passed

67.50%

 

Madera

Madera USD

$32.5 million

Passed

60.60%

 

Mendocino/Lake

Mendocino Lake CCD

$67.5 million

Passed

60.60%

 

Mendocino

Mendocino Unified SD

$15.5 million

Passed

70.92%

 

Merced

Merced Unified HSD

$104 million

Failed

53.29%

 

Monterey

Alisal Union School District

$90 million

Passed

64.80%

 

Monterey

Santa Rita Union ESD

$14.6 million

Passed

57.80%

 

Napa

Napa Valley USD

$183 million

Passed

60.70%

 

Orange

Rancho Santiago CCD

$393 million

Failed

53.20%

 

Placer

Loomis Union SD

$19.5 million

Failed

51.80%

 

Riverside

Banning Unified

$63 million

Passed

57.96%

 

Riverside

Corona-Narco Unified

$250 million

Passed

61.69%

 

Riverside

Hemet  Unified

$149 million

Passed

58.23%

 

Riverside

Perris ESD

$25 million

Passed

68.67%

 

Riverside

San Jacinto Unified

$150 million

Passed

67.01%

 

Sacramento

Folsom Cordova USD

(Measure M Areas south of 50)

$750 million

Failed

62.38%

Two-Thirds

Sacramento

Folsom Cordova USD

$125 million

Passed

69.22%

 

Sacramento

Rio Linda Union SD

$38 million

Passed

62.13%

 

San Bernardino

Central School District

$49 million

Failed

64.60%

Two-Thirds

San Bernardino/

Los Angeles

Victor Valley CCD

$338 million

Failed

53.00%

 

San Diego

Carlsbad USD

$198 million

Passed

69.10%

 

San Diego

Palomar CCD

$694 million

Passed

57.90%

 

San Diego

San Diego CCD

$870 million

Passed

63.04%

 

San Diego

Sweetwater UHSD

$644 million

Passed

67.47%

 

San Diego

Santee School District

$60 million

Passed

58.51%

 

San Francisco

San Francisco USD

$450 million

Passed

73.80%

 

San Joaquin

Lodi Unified (No. Stockton area)

$114 million

Passed

60.79%

 

San Luis Obispo/

Monterey

Paso Robles USD

$20 million

Passed

60.40%

 

San Luis Obispo

Cayucos ESD

$2.9 million

Passed

64.67%

 

San Mateo

Jefferson Union HSD

$137 million

Passed

70.20%

 

San Mateo

La Honda-Pescadero ESD

$15 million

Passed

70.10%

 

San Mateo

San Mateo HSD

$298 million

Passed

66.50%

 

Santa Barbara

Cold Springs Elementary

$14.5 million

Failed

50.89%

 

Santa Barbara

Los Olivos School District

$4.65 million

Passed

61.47%

 

Santa Clara

Campbell Union HSD

$90 million

Passed

58.20%

 

Santa Clara

Evergreen ESD

$150 million

Passed

72.80%

 

Stanislaus

Chatom Elementary

$5 million

Passed

61.27%

 

Stanislaus

Oakdale Unified

$37.5 million

Failed

45.13%

 

Stanislaus

Sylvan Elementary

$40 million

Passed

56.89%

 

Stanislaus/Merced

Turlock High School District

$7.775 million

Passed

55.47%

 

Stanislaus/Merced

Turlock Elementary

$9.9 million

Passed

59.60%

 

Ventura

Oak Park USD

$71.1 million

Failed

55.08%

Two-Thirds

Ventura

Ocean View School District

$13.2 million

Passed

72.06%

 

Ventura

Oxnard School District

$64 million

Passed

64.46%

 

Tulare

Exeter UHSD

$5.2 million

Passed

63.24%

 

Tulare

Tipton ESD

$2.4 million

Failed

47.67%

 

Yuba/Sutter/Yolo et all

Yuba Community College District

$190 million

Passed

56.60%

 

 

SCHOOL PARCEL TAXES

County

District

Amount

Result

% yes

Alameda

Berkeley USD

23c sq ft or $400 a year

Passed

79.90%

Tulare/Fresno

Cutler-Orosi USD

$100 renewal

Failed

57.60%

Placer

Alta-Dutch Flat Union SD

$52 new

Failed

58.00%

Marin/Sonoma

Shoreline USD

$151.82 extend plus 4%/year

Passed

73.60%

 

Caltaxletter December 15, 2006

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