Local Tax Elections:
Election Officials Certify Final Results of November Measures

The results of the November 4 elections are finally official, as election officials certified the vote totals this month. The table below, compiled by Cal-Tax staff, includes the official results reported by county registrars.

Voters approved 25 parcel taxes, 18 utility users' taxes, 23 sales taxes and billions of dollars' worth of new school bonds. (Cal-Tax: Due to an editing error, the December 5 Cal-Taxletter mistakenly said 19 utility users' taxes were approved. Also, Measure D, a San Bernardino County sales tax measure that required a two-thirds vote, was incorrectly described as having passed.)

The results, by category:

         Sales taxes: Twenty-three of 34 were approved.

         Parcel taxes: Twenty-five of 45 were approved. (Parcel taxes require a two-thirds vote for approval.)

         General obligation bonds: Nine of nine were approved, totaling more than $2.45 billion in bond debt.

         School bonds: An astounding 88 of 96 school bonds were approved, strengthening the theory that Californians think bonds are free money. The 88 school bonds that passed add up to a whopping $22.3 billion in debt that will be repaid through taxes on property owners. (School bonds require 55 percent approval for passage.)

         Utility users' taxes: Eighteen of 24 were approved.

         Communications taxes to fund '911' service: Three of five were approved.

         Hotel taxes: Nine of 12 were approved.

         Business license taxes: One of four was approved.

Here are the certified results of all local tax and bond measures from the November 4 election:

November 4, 2008 Local Ballot Measures Final Results

TAX

COUNTY

JURISDICTION

BALLOT

NUMBER

PROPOSAL

Results

% Yes

Bond

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure FF

$26 million bond for improvements to four neighborhood branch libraries. (Requires 2/3 vote.)

Pass

68.01

Bond

Alameda

East Bay Regional Park District

Measure WW

$500 million bond to improve local and regional parks. No increase in the tax rate beyond present rates of $10 per year, per $100,000 of assessed valuation. (See Contra Costa County)

Pass

72.12

Bond

Contra Costa

East Bay Regional Park District

Measure WW

$500 million bond to improve local and regional parks. No increase in the tax rate beyond present rates of $10 per year, per $100,000 of assessed valuation. (See Alameda County)

Pass

72.12

Bond

Contra Costa

City of Martinez

Measure H

$30 million bond to make safety improvements to the city and expand the library. (Requires 2/3 vote.)

Pass

68.95

Bond

Marin

Twin Cities Police Authority

Measure E

$20 million bond to improve 911 emergency response, facilities and systems through a special tax levy.

Pass

69.32

Bond

San Francisco

County of San Francisco

Prop A

$887.4 million bond to retrofit San Francisco General Hospital.

Pass

83.81

Bond

Santa Clara

County of Santa Clara

Measure A

$840 million bond for seismic upgrades and improve medical facilities.

Pass

78.12

Bond

Santa Clara

City of Gilroy

Measure F

$37 million bond to improve library earthquake safety by replacing old library.

Pass

69.09

Bond

Santa Clara

City of Palo Alto

Measure N

$76 million bond to construct a new library and community center and make other improvements.

Pass

69.36

Bond

Sonoma

Sonoma Valley Health Care District

Measure P

$35 million bond to improve health care services and buildings.

Pass

80.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bond, School

Alameda

San Lorenzo Unified School District

Measure O

$83 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

74.45

Bond, School

Butte

Biggs Unified School District

Measure E

$6.9 million bond to improve school facilities.

Fail

45.74

Bond, School

Butte

Oroville Union High School District

Measure G

$12 million bond to improve school athletic facilities.

Pass

59.17

Bond, School

Butte

Marysville Joint Unified School District

Measure P

$47 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Yuba County)

Pass

62.38

Bond, School

Calaveras

Brett Harte Union High School District

Measure K

$18 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

59.90

Bond, School

Contra Costa

John Swett Unified School District

Measure A

$200 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

73.83

Bond, School

Contra Costa

Acalanes Union High School District

Measure E

$93 million bond to establish a 10 year technology fund.

Pass

64.26

Bond, School

Del Norte

Del Norte County School District

Measure A

$24.987 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

53.61

Bond, School

El Dorado

Gold Oak Union School District

Measure E

$8.95 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

56.06

Bond, School

El Dorado

Lake Tahoe Unified School District

Measure G

$64.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

59.42

Bond, School

El Dorado

Los Rios Community College District

Measure M

$475 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Placer, Sacramento, Solano and Yolo counties)

Pass

57.00

Bond, School

Fresno

Central Unified School District

Measure B

$152 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

63.41

Bond, School

Fresno

West Hills Community College District

Measure C

$11.6 million bond to improve school facilities in Improvement District 2. (See Monterey and San Benito counties)

Pass

65.74

Bond, School

Fresno

West Hills Community College District

Measure E

$31 million bond to improve school facilities in Improvement District 3. (See Kings County)

Pass

64.53

Bond, School

Fresno

Sierra Unified School District

Measure V

$12 million bond to improve school facilities.

Fail

48.61

Bond, School

Fresno

Sierra Unified School District

Measure W

$10 million bond to improve school facilities.

Fail

51.01

Bond, School

Glenn

Willows Unified School District

Measure N

$20.7 million bond to improve school facilities.

Fail

49.50

Bond, School

Humboldt

Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified SD

Measure H

$5.95 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Trinity County Measure S)

Pass

70.52

Bond, School

Inyo

Bishop Union Elementary School District

Measure A

$3 million bond to make needed repairs and improvements; including renewable energy improvements.

Pass

69.58

Bond, School

Kern

Southern Kern Unified School District

Measure H

$24 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

68.07

Bond, School

Kern

Lakeside Union School District

Measure I

$22.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

76.86

Bond, School

Kern

Richland School District

Measure J

$23 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

71.30

Bond, School

Kern

Mojave Unified School District

Measure G

$14 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

70.22

Bond, School

Kings

College of the Sequoias Community College District

Measure J

$60 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Tulare County)

Pass

71.80

Bond, School

Kings

West Hills Community College District

Measure E

$31 million bond to improve school facilities in Improvement District 3.(See Fresno County)

Pass

64.53

Bond, School

Lassen

Susanville Elementary School District

Measure S

$9 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

66.45

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Acton-Agua Dulce Unified School District

Measure CF

$13 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

55.76

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Alhambra Unified School District

Measure MM

$50 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

74.89

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Beverly Hills Unified School District

Measure E

$334 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

64.89

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Bonita Unified School District

Measure AB

$83.56 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

60.82

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Centinela Valley Union High School District

Measure CV

$98 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

70.78

Bond, School

Los Angeles

El Monte City School District

Measure KC

$75 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

72.54

Bond, School

Los Angeles

El Monte Union High School District

Measure D

$148 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

74.16

Bond, School

Los Angeles

El Segundo Unified School District

Measure M

$14 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

67.28

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Long Beach Unified School District

Measure K

$1.2 billion bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

72.12

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Community College District

Measure J

$3.5 billion bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

70.11

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Los Angeles Unified School District

Measure Q

$7 billion bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

69.11

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Manhattan Beach Unified School District

Measure BB

$67.48 million bond to improve school facilities and retain/attract quality teachers.

Pass

61.57

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Mt. San Antonio Community College

Measure RR

$353 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

69.95

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Pasadena Unified School District

Measure TT

$350 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

74.52

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Pomona Unified School District

Measure PS

$235 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

74.73

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Rosemead School District

Measure O

$30 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

73.39

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Santa Monica Community College District

Measure AA

$295 million bond for career and educational improvements.

Pass

61.47

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Torrance Unified School District

Measure Y

$265 million bond for specific classroom and core academic facility renovations. The tax rate would be $35 per $100,000 of assessed property value.

Pass

74.37

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Torrance Unified School District

Measure Z

$90 million bond for specific school facilities that would enhance and protect student safety and wellness. The tax rate would be $13 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Pass

71.49

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Victor Valley Community College District

Measure JJ

$297 million bond to improve school facilities and education. (See San Bernardino County)

Pass

61.55

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Westside Union School District

Measure WS

$63.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

62.85

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Whittier Union High School District

Measure W

$75 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

72.07

Bond, School

Los Angeles

William S. Hart Union High School District

Measure SA

$300 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

60.61

Bond, School

Merced

Merced Union High School District

Measure M

$149.45 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

62.58

Bond, School

Merced

Planada Elementary School District

Measure O

$2.9 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

69.14

Bond, School

Mono

Mammoth Unified School District

Measure K

$65 million bond to improve school facilities.

Fail

52.31

Bond, School

Monterey

West Hills Community College District

Measure C

$11.6 million bond to improve school facilities in Improvement District 2. (See Fresno and San Benito counties)

Pass

65.74

Bond, School

Nevada

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Measure U

$93.53 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Placer County)

Fail

50.80

Bond, School

Orange

Westminster School District

Measure O

$130 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

63.00

Bond, School

Orange

Tustin Unified School District

Measure L

$95 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

58.50

Bond, School

Orange

Cypress School District

Measure M

$53.6 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

69.20

Bond, School

Orange

Los Alamitos Unified School District

Measure K

Up to $126 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

65.40

Bond, School

Orange

Savanna Elementary School District

Measure N

$24.935 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

72.50

Bond, School

Placer

Los Rios Community College District

Measure M

$475 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Yolo, El Dorado, Solano and Sacramento Counties)

Pass

57.00

Bond, School

Placer

Center Unified School District

Measure N

$500 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Sacramento County)

Pass

61.99

Bond, School

Placer

Colfax School District

Measure Q

$2.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

53.59

Bond, School

Placer

Tahoe Truckee Unified School District

Measure U

$93.53 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Nevada County)

Fail

50.80

Bond, School

Riverside

Colton Joint Unified School District

Measure G

$225 million bond to improve school facilities. (See San Bernardino County)

Pass

73.66

Bond, School

Riverside

Beaumont Unified School District

Measure Z

$125 million bond to improve school facilities. (See San Bernardino County)

Pass

62.04

Bond, School

Sacramento

Los Rios Community College District

Measure M

$475 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Yolo, El Dorado, Solano and Placer counties)

Pass

57.00

Bond, School

Sacramento

Center Unified School District

Measure N

$500 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Placer County)

Pass

61.99

Bond, School

San Benito

West Hills Community College District

Measure C

$11.6 million bond to improve school facilities in Improvement District 2. (See Fresno and Monterey counties)

Pass

65.74

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Victor Valley Community College District

Measure JJ

$297 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Los Angeles County Measure JJ)

Pass

61.55

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Central School District

Measure A

$31 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

71.14

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Victor Elementary School District

Measure E

$150 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

67.32

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Colton Joint Unified School District

Measure G

$225 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Riverside County)

Pass

73.66

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Victor Valley Union High School District

Measure V

$500 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

67.90

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Rim of the World Unified School District

Measure W

$23.34 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

61.62

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Helendale School District

Measure X

$20 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

68.09

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Beaumont Unified School District

Measure Z

$125 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Riverside County)

Pass

62.04

Bond, School

San Diego

Southwestern Community College District

Prop R

$389 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

71.41

Bond, School

San Diego

San Diego Unified School District

Prop S

$2.1 billion bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

68.71

Bond, School

San Diego

Escondido Union High School District

Prop T

$98 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

59.03

Bond, School

San Diego

Grossmont Union High School District

Prop U

$417 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

56.65

Bond, School

San Diego

Lakeside Union Elementary School District

Prop V

$79.55 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

64.58

Bond, School

San Diego

Lemon Grove School District

Prop W

$28 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

72.85

Bond, School

San Diego

South Bay Union School District

Prop X

$59.4 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

76.44

Bond, School

San Joaquin

Tracy Unified School District

Measure S

$43.1 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

70.62

Bond, School

San Mateo

Millbrae School District

Measure X

$50 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

69.48

Bond, School

Santa Barbara

Cold Springs School

Measure C

$2.44 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

59.71

Bond, School

Santa Clara

Gilroy Unified School District

Measure P

$150 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

67.58

Bond, School

Santa Clara

Oak Grove School District

Measure S

$125 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

74.96

Bond, School

Santa Clara

Patterson Joint Unified School District

Measure V

$50 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Stanislaus County)

Pass

66.37

Bond, School

Shasta

Pacheco Union School District

Measure B

$11 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

55.72

Bond, School

Shasta

Cascade Union Elementary School District

Measure C

$12.4 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

66.90

Bond, School

Shasta

Columbia School District

Measure D

$9.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

54.09

Bond, School

Shasta

Happy Valley Union School District

Measure E

$3.8 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

62.54

Bond, School

Shasta

Gateway Unified School District

Measure G

$19 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

57.70

Bond, School

Siskiyou

Siskiyou Union High School District

Measure Q

$12.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

57.68

Bond, School

Solano

Los Rios Community College District

Measure M

$475 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Yolo, El Dorado, Placer and Sacramento counties.)

Pass

57.00

Bond, School

Sonoma

Bellevue Union Elementary School District

Measure J

$19 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

68.70

Bond, School

Stanislaus

Ceres Unified School District

Measure U

$60 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

72.60

Bond, School

Stanislaus

Newman Crows Landing Unified School District

Measure R

$25 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

64.16

Bond, School

Stanislaus

Patterson Joint Unified School District

Measure V

$50 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Santa Clara County)

Pass

66.37

Bond, School

Stanislaus

Stanislaus Union School District

Measure T

$39.8 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

70.62

Bond, School

Trinity

Klamath-Trinity Joint Unified School District

Measure S

$5.95 million bond to improve school facilities.(See Humboldt County Measure H)

Pass

70.52

Bond, School

Tulare

College of the Sequoias Community College District

Measure I

$28 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

66.05

Bond, School

Tulare

College of the Sequoias Community College District

Measure J

$60 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Kings County)

Pass

71.80

Bond, School

Tulare

Terra Bella Union Elementary School District

Measure K

$3.3 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

67.34

Bond, School

Ventura

Santa Paula Union High School District

Measure Q

$39 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

70.40

Bond, School

Ventura

Oak Park Unified School District

Measure R

$29.445 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

57.01

Bond, School

Ventura

Moorpark Unified School District

Measure S

$39.5 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

65.39

Bond, School

Yolo

Los Rios Community College District

Measure M

$475 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Sacramento County)

Pass

57.00

Bond, School

Yuba

Marysville Joint Unified School District

Measure P

$47 million bond to improve school facilities. (See Butte County)

Pass

62.38

Bond, School

Yuba

Plumas Lake Elementary School District

Measure Q

$20 million bond to improve school facilities.

Fail

54.00

Bond, School

Yuba

Wheatland School District

Measure R

$5.7 million bond to improve school facilities.

Pass

65.31

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel/Room

Alameda

City of Fremont

Measure MM

Increase hotel tax from 8% to 10% to help maintain city services.

Pass

66.45

Hotel/Room

Fresno

City of Kingsburg

Measure A

Increase TOT rate from 8% to 12% to maintain and improve city services.

Pass

75.56

Hotel/Room

Fresno

City of Selma

Measure R

Increase TOT rate from 6% to 10%.

Fail

35.80

Hotel/Room

Fresno

City of Kerman

Measure T

Establish a TOT rate of 8%.

Fail

50.02

Hotel/Room

Humboldt

City of Eureka

Measure E

Increase TOT rate from 9% to 10% for essential city services.

Pass

62.83

Hotel/Room

San Bernardino

City of Victorville

Measure C

Increase TOT rate from 7% to 10% to fund general city services.

Pass

61.40

Hotel/Room

San Bernardino

City of Big Bear Lake

Measure Y

Increase TOT rate from 6% to 7% as of January 1, 2009, and to 7% to 8% as of January 1, 2010.

Pass

59.83

Hotel/Room

San Diego

City of Del Mar

Prop H

Increase TOT paid by hotel visitors up to 13%.

Pass

62.36

Hotel/Room

San Diego

City of Encinitas

Prop K

Short-term vacation rental unit visitors to pay 2% TOT for beach sand replenishment and stabilization products. (Requires 2/3 vote.)

Pass

69.96

Hotel/Room

Santa Barbara

City of Solvang

Measure B

Increase TOT from 10% to 11%.

Fail

49.28

Hotel/Room

Siskiyou

County of Siskiyou

Measure M

Increase TOT rate from 8% to 12%.

Pass

54.75

Hotel/Room

Sonoma

Town of Windsor

Measure N

Increase TOT rate from 8% to 12% for basic city services.

Pass

70.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business License Tax

Contra Costa

City of Oakley

Measure L

Changes business license tax from a per employee tax to a gross receipts tax.

Fail

42.56

Business License Tax

San Mateo

County of San Mateo

Measure Q

Would impose a business license tax of 8% of gross receipts on operators of commercial parking facilities located in the unincorporated area of San Mateo County.

Fail

47.38

Business License Tax

San Mateo

County of San Mateo

Measure R

Would impose a business license tax of 2.5% of gross receipts on operators of vehicle rental businesses located in the unincorporated area of San Mateo County.

Fail

47.09

Business License Tax

San Mateo

City of Brisbane

Measure T

Would impose a 7.5% business license tax on gross receipts of $10 million reduced by any sales taxes that may be paid to the city.

Pass

70.30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payroll Tax

San Francisco

County of San Francisco

Prop Q

Expands 1.5% payroll tax to shareholders of professional corporations, LLC's and owner's of partnerships generating more than $10 million in additional revenue.

Pass

74.20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parcel

Alameda

Dublin Unified School District

Measure L

$96 per parcel annually for five years to improve education.

Pass

72.58

Parcel

Alameda

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Measure M

Extend existing parcel tax for five years at $11.50/month per parcel to improve school facilities and programs. (See Contra Costa County)

Pass

76.51

Parcel

Alameda

Oakland Unified School District

Measure N

$10 per parcel per month ($120 per year) for 10 years to attract qualified teachers and support educational programs.

Fail

61.45

Parcel

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure GG

Authorize special tax of $.04083 per square foot in dwelling units and $.06179 in all others to keep fire stations open and improve EMS response.

Pass

71.73

Parcel

Alameda

City of San Leandro

Measure TT

Parcel tax annual amount of $48 for single-family, $24 per multi-family, $12 per 1,000 feet for commercial/industrial, $10 per 1,000 sq. ft. for non-profits/places of worship and $3 per 1,000 sq. ft. for unimproved land to end after four years for police services.

Fail

55.77

Parcel

Alameda

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Measure VV

Increase existing parcel tax by $4 per parcel, per month for 10 years. (See Contra Costa County)

Pass

71.88

Parcel

Alameda

City of Albany

Measure EE

Would authorize city council to increase existing tax ($18 per residential property; larger amounts for commercial property, based on square footage) by 4% per year.

Fail

63.98

Parcel

Alameda

City of Oakland

Measure NN

Proposes parcel tax of $113 for single-family residential parcels, increasing to $184.87 in 2010-2011 and $275.56 in 2011-12 and subsequent years. Commercial tax based on size and type of business. Revenue to pay for more police.

Fail

54.41

Parcel

Butte

El Medio Fire Protection District

Measure B

Parcel tax of $58 residential, $200 commercial, $50 per acre agricultural, $75 institutional and may increase by no more than 3% to be used for emergency response services.

Pass

72.37

Parcel

Contra Costa

Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District

Measure M

Extend existing parcel tax for five years at $11.50/month per parcel to improve school facilities and programs (See Alameda County)

Pass

76.51

Parcel

Contra Costa

Alameda-Contra Costa Transit District

Measure VV

Increase existing parcel tax by $4 per parcel, per month for 10 years. (See Alameda County)

Pass

71.88

Parcel

Contra Costa

Martinez Unified School District

Measure B

$50 per parcel not to exceed five years for school programs.

Pass

69.59

Parcel

Contra Costa

Pittsburg Unified School District

Measure C

$65 per taxable parcel annually for seven years beginning July 1, 2009, with annual inflation adjustment of $6.

Pass

72.26

Parcel

Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Measure D

Renew existing parcel tax for five years, keeping the current rate to be used to improve education.

Pass

79.64

Parcel

Contra Costa

County of Contra Costa

Measure F

$108 per parcel tax on property located in the unincorporated neighborhoods of East Richmond Heights and Bayo Vista (North Arlington area) to provide funding for police protective services.

Fail

60.22

Parcel

El Dorado

Cameron Estates Community Services District

Measure H

A maximum increase of $250 per residential parcel (from the existing $250 tax; total $500) and a max of $1,000 commercial.

Fail

55.66

Parcel

Fresno

City of Parlier

Measure S

Parcel tax in the following amounts per year: $300 residential, $480 commercial, $1,200 industrial, $300 multi units plus additional $60 per unit, $2,000 all school properties, $500 churches, $500 cemetery and funeral home to fund police and fire services.

Fail

59.15

Parcel

Kern

Kern County Service Area 40

Measure K

$70 parcel tax on all parcels within service area 40 for funding firefighter/paramedic services.

Pass

75.41

Parcel

Lassen

Honey Lake Valley Community Swimming Pool Service Area

Measure R

$25 per parcel per year for the building and maintaining a community swimming pool.

Fail

52.68

Parcel

Los Angeles

City of Long Beach

Measure I

Annual parcel tax of $120 per residential unit (.4 to 8.8 cents per square foot for other uses) adjusted annually for inflation to repay bonds for city infrastructure.

Fail

52.86

Parcel

Los Angeles

City of Los Angeles

Measure A

$36 per parcel tax for gang prevention programs.

Fail

66.27

Parcel

Marin

Mill Valley School District

Measure A

Increase existing parcel tax by $193 and extend it for four years to improve school facilities and programs.

Pass

74.40

Parcel

Monterey

Pacific Grove Unified School District

Measure X

$35 per parcel tax for 5 years to improve school facilities.

Pass

76.65

Parcel

Placer

Alta-Dutch Flat Union School District

Measure T

$45 per taxable parcel annually for 4 years beginning July 1, 2009.

Fail

54.05

Parcel

San Bernardino

Arrowbear Park County Water District

Measure U

$45 per parcel per year, adjusted for inflation for a maximum of 30 years for the purchase or lease of fire equipment.

Fail

50.58

Parcel

San Diego

County of San Diego

Prop A

$52 per parcel per year to create a regional fire protection agency and add firefighting defenses.

Fail

63.58

Parcel

San Mateo

Bayshore School District

Measure Y

$96 parcel tax beginning July 1, 2009 and extend for 6 years to improve school programs.

Pass

72.22

Parcel

San Mateo

Redwood Shores Elementary School District

Measure U

$78 parcel tax for 7 years to improve school programs.

Pass

71.76

Parcel

San Mateo

San Carlos School District

Measure S

Increase the parcel rate by $75 to a total of $185 per parcel per year beginning July 1, 2009, with cost of living adjustments no more than 3% annually.

Fail

65.60

Parcel

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara High School District

Measure H

Implement a $23 annual parcel tax for four years to offset state budget cuts.

Pass

71.25

Parcel

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Elementary School District

Measure I

Implement a $27 annual parcel tax for four years to offset state budget cuts.

Pass

72.15

Parcel

Santa Clara

Campbell Union High School District

Measure R

Renew an existing $85 annual assessment for five years.

Pass

79.43

Parcel

Santa Clara

Evergreen School District

Measure T

$90 per parcel tax for five years.

Pass

73.85

Parcel

Santa Clara

Franklin-McKinley School District

Measure U

$72 per parcel tax for nine years.

Pass

73.60

Parcel

Santa Clara

Berryessa Union School District

Measure W

$79 per parcel tax for five years.

Pass

72.52

Parcel

Santa Cruz

Live Oak School District

Measure A

$84 parcel tax for 9 years to be used for educational purposes.

Pass

77.07

Parcel

Santa Cruz

City of Santa Cruz

Measure E

Parcel tax of $28 single family, $94 developed parcel, $10 undeveloped for clean river, beaches and ocean.

Pass

76.25

Parcel

Siskiyou

Scott Valley Fire and Emergency Response Zone

Measure N

1st parcel: $40 improved, $15 unimproved; 2nd $25, $8; 3rd $25, $4 to operate and maintain fire services.

Fail

43.08

Parcel

Siskiyou

Lake Shastina Community Services District

Measure R

$97 per parcel per year for police services.

Fail

62.10

Parcel

Siskiyou

McCloud Community Services District

Measure T

Parcel tax using household equivalents ranging from $76.49 to $917.88 for emergency response services replacing the previous tax if passed.

Pass

76.72

Parcel

Solano

Davis Joint Unified School District

Measure W

Not to exceed the annual rate of $50 per dwelling unit for multi-dwelling parcels and $120 per parcel for all others for a three year period to improve school programs. (See Yolo County)

Pass

75.70

Parcel

Sonoma

Gold Ridge Fire Protection District

Measure O

$45 per parcel tax for fire protection service costs.

Pass

76.00

Parcel

Trinity

Post Mountain Public Utility District

Measure T

$35 parcel tax to be used for maintenance, etc. within the district and to be paid by those within said district.

Fail

41.27

Parcel

Trinity

Greater Hayfork Valley Park and Recreation District

Measure V

$20 parcel tax within the geographic boundaries of the district.

Fail

45.10

Parcel

Tuolumne

Mi-Wuk/Sugar Pine Fire Protection District

Measure V

Parcel tax for the following amounts: $80 vacant lot, $170 single, $230 multi-family units 2-4, $250 multi-family units 5+ and commercial $290 per parcel.

Fail

52.36

Parcel

Ventura

Community of Piru

Measure M

$25 parcel tax per single family unit, $25 per multi family per unit and $25 for all other parcels for no more than twenty years for the expansion and maintenance of the Piru Cemetery.

Pass

83.58

Parcel

Ventura

Ojai Unified School District

Measure P

$89 parcel tax for 7 years to improve school programs.

Fail

65.95

Parcel

Yolo

Davis Joint Unified School District

Measure W

Not to exceed the annual rate of $50 per dwelling unit for multi-dwelling parcels and $120 per parcel for all others for a three year period to improve school programs. (See Solano County)

Pass

75.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property;

Ad Valorem

 

Trinity

Weaverville/Douglas City Parks and Recreation District

Measure U

Annual tax of .015% of the assessed value of each parcel of improved property within the district boundaries for maintenance, operation and upgrade of pool facility.

Fail

53.06

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property;

Personal

Contra Costa

City of Richmond

Measure T

.25% property tax on raw material used in the manufacturing process.

Pass

51.51

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Real Property Transfer

Alameda

City of Alameda

Measure P

Increase the real property transfer tax (charged when a property is sold) from $5.40 to $12.00 per $1,000 of value, limited to 20 years. (In other words, $6,000 for a $500,000 home.)

Pass

50.84

Real Property Transfer

Alameda

City of Albany

Measure DD

Increase the tax rate from $11.50 per $1,000 to $14.50 per $1,000 of the value.

Fail

44.89

Real Property Transfer

San Francisco

County of San Francisco

Prop N

Increases the real property tax rate from .75% to 1.5% if property value exceeds $5 million and reduces the tax on residential property transfers by up to 1/3 if after Jan 1, 2009, transferor has installed an active solar system or made seismic retrofitting improvements.

Pass

68.56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

Amador

County of Amador

Measure M

.5 percent sales tax to raise revenue for fire protection and emergency services.

Pass

69.30

Sales

Colusa

City of Colusa

Measure A

.25 percent sales tax within city limits for general municipal purposes.

Fail

42.68

Sales

Fresno

County of Fresno

Measure L

Amend the .125 percent sales tax with a .25 percent sales tax (increase of .125 percent) for 16 years to improve library facilities (requires 2/3 vote).

Fail

63.41

Sales

Humboldt

City of Eureka

Measure D

.25 percent sales tax for essential city services and repeal 3 percent UUT. (See UUT)

Pass

56.77

Sales

Humboldt

City of Arcata

Measure G

.75 percent sales tax for general governmental services.

Pass

63.52

Sales

Humboldt

City of Trinidad

Measure I

.75 percent sales tax increase for 4 years.

Pass

52.23

Sales

Imperial

County of Imperial

Measure D

Continue existing .5 percent sales tax for 40 years for road and other improvements. (2/3 vote)

Pass

83.80

Sales

Kern

City of Arvin

Measure L

Increase sales tax by 1 percent to be used for general city services.

Pass

71.57

Sales

Kern

City of Ridgecrest

Measure N

.75 percent transactions and use tax on retail sales for specific street improvements for 10 years. (Requires 2/3 vote.)

Fail

56.52

Sales

Los Angeles

City of El Monte

Measure GG

.5 percent sales and use tax increase for a period of five years to maintain funding for essential city services.

Pass

71.36

Sales

Los Angeles

Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transit Authority

Measure R

Increase sales tax .5 percent for 30 years for transportation improvements. (Requires 2/3 vote.)

Pass

67.93

Sales

Los Angeles

City of Maywood

Measure MC

Impose a transactions and use tax of 1 percent going to the general fund.

Fail

47.76

Sales

Los Angeles

City of Pico Rivera

Measure P

Increase city sales tax by 1 percent to preserve public safety and other essential improvements.

Pass

68.33

Sales

Marin

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District

Measure Q

.25 percent sales tax for 20 years for SMART passenger rail train. 2/3 vote (See Sonoma County)

Pass

69.56

Sales

Merced

City of Gustine

Measure N

.75 percent sales tax to maintain city services.

Fail

48.52

Sales

Modoc

City of Alturas

Measure K

.5 percent sales tax for city general fund.

Fail

47.91

Sales

Monterey

County of Monterey

Measure Z

.5 percent sales tax for 25 years to be used for countywide transportation projects (requires 2/3 vote).

Fail

62.55

Sales

Nevada

City of Truckee

Measure V

Continuance of a .5 percent sales tax for a period not to exceed 20 years.

Pass

84.60

Sales

Orange

City of La Habra

Measure T

Increase city sales tax by .5 percent for city services; expires in 20 years.

Pass

54.80

Sales

Sacramento

City of Galt

Measure R

.5 percent sales tax for public safety programs.

Pass

68.01

Sales

San Bernardino

City of Barstow

Measure D

.75 percent sales tax to fund emergency services.

(2/3 vote)

Fail

56.98

Sales

San Diego

City of El Cajon

Prop J

Enacts .5 percent sales tax to provide funding for general fund city services.

Pass

51.77

Sales

San Diego

City of La Mesa

Prop L

Increase city sales tax by .75 percent to be used for vital city services.

Pass

55.51

Sales

San Diego

City of National City

Prop M

Repeal an existing 1 percent sales tax which is used for city services.

Fail

42.69

Sales

Santa Barbara

County of Santa Barbara

Measure A

Continue existing .5 percent sales tax for 30 years for road improvements. (2/3 vote)

Pass

79.15

Sales

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Valley Regional Transportation Authority

Measure B

Enact .125 percent sales tax limited to 30 years to help bring BART to San Jose (requires 2/3 vote).

Pass

66.78

Sales

Santa Clara

City of Campbell

Measure O

Enact .25 percent sales tax with money going to the general fund for city services, etc.

Pass

70.54

Sales

Santa Cruz

City of Capitola

Measure D

Extend sunset on .25 percent sales tax until the end of 2017.

Pass

65.84

Sales

Sonoma

Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District

Measure Q

.25 percent sales tax for 20 years for SMART passenger rail train. 2/3 vote (See Marin County)

Pass

69.56

Sales

Stanislaus

County of Stanislaus

Measure S

.25 percent transactions and use tax for various transportation improvement projects for 20 years (requires 2/3 vote).

Fail

66.42

Sales

Ventura

City of Oxnard

Measure O

Increase the sales tax by .5 percent for 20 years to be used for vital city services.

Pass

65.10

Sales

Ventura

City of Port Hueneme

Measure W

.5 percent sales tax to fund general municipal services.

Pass

71.66

Sales

Yolo

City of West Sacramento

Measure V

.5 percent sales tax for general government purposes until March 31, 2033 to replace the .25 percent sales tax set to expire on March 31, 2013.(See Measure U below)

Pass

57.82

Sales

Yolo

City of West Sacramento

Measure U

If Measure V is approved the proceeds from Measure V will fund the operations of a streetcar system serving West Sacramento and flood protection improvements. (See Measure V above)

Pass

64.85

Sales

Yuba

City of Marysville

Measure O

.5 percent sales tax of the gross receipts of any retailer.

Fail

36.81

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility

Alameda

City of San Leandro

Measure RR

Reduce UUT from 6% to 5.7% in telecommunications and video services and expand the tax base.

Pass

83.82

Utility

Humboldt

City of Eureka

Measure D

Repeal 3 percent UUT if voters pass increase of .25 percent sales tax. (See sales tax Measure D in Humboldt County)

Pass

56.77

Utility

Imperial

City of Holtville

Measure C

Increase the UUT by 4% (Required a 2/3 vote).

Fail

58.33

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Hawthorne

Measure V

Extend 5% telephone and cable TV tax and expand tax base.

Pass

73.39

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Inglewood

Measure UUT

Reduce existing rate from 10% to 8% and expand tax base.

Pass

84.22

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Lakewood

Measure L

Update and continue UUT regardless of technology used and no rate increases without voter approval.

Pass

78.94

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Long Beach

Measure G

No rate increase. Update the UUT to include new and evolving technologies.

Pass

59.92

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Lynwood

Measure II

Reduce UUT to 9% and expand base to new technology.

Pass

65.35

Utility

Los Angeles

County of Los Angeles

Measure U

Validate and reduce UUT from 5% to 4.5% and expand tax base.

Pass

62.92

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Pomona

Measure PC

Temporary two years and two months UUT rate increase of 1% from 9% to 10% for citywide improvements and services.

Fail

27.60

Utility

Los Angeles

City of San Gabriel

Measure SG

UUT be amended to expand tax base and increase from 6% to 8%.

Pass

66.13

Utility

Los Angeles

City of Santa Monica

Measure SM

Update UUT by expanding the tax base regardless of technology.

Pass

51.40

Utility

Monterey

City of Seaside

Measure E

Repeal existing 6% UUT.

Fail

43.05

Utility

Orange

City of Rossmoor

Measure U

For the incorporation to be implemented, voters will also have to approve at least one of two utility user tax alternatives: one imposes a 7% UUT on natural gas, water and electricity; the alternative imposes a 9% UUT on the same.

Fail

29.30

Utility

Riverside

City of Indio

Measure K

Reduce UUT from 5% to 3%.

Pass

65.19

Utility

Riverside

City of Cathedral City

Measure L

Impose 3% UUT.

Pass

68.33

Utility

Riverside

City of Hemet

Measure O

Impose 5% UUT.

Fail

44.82

Utility

Riverside

City of Moreno Valley

Measure P

Reduce UUT from 6% to 5.75% and expand the tax base.

Pass

79.19

Utility

Sacramento

City of Sacramento

Measure O

Reduce UUT from 7.5% to 7% and expand the tax base.

Pass

64.92

Utility

San Joaquin

City of Stockton

Measure U

Modernize UUT to include all technologies, expand the base.

Pass

61.54

Utility

Santa Barbara

City of Santa Barbara

Measure G

Reduce the UUT from 6% to 5.75% to fund city services and expand the tax base.

Pass

70.98

Utility

Santa Clara

City of Morgan Hill

Measure G

Establish a 2% UUT on the use of gas, electricity, water, telecommunications, video, sewer and refuse hauling services.

Fail

35.22

Utility

Santa Clara

City of San Jose

Measure K

Reduce the UUT from 5% to 4.5% and expand the tax base to all technologies.

Pass

79.55

Utility

Sonoma

City of Sebastopol

Measure M

Establish a UUT not to exceed 4% on gas and electricity only for 6 years.

Pass

59.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

911 Tax

Alameda

City of San Leandro

Measure SS

No increase in tax rates, convert 911 fee to tax.

Pass

78.82

911 Tax

San Francisco

County of San Francisco

Prop O

Ratifies and approves the city's existing 911 and telephone tax.

Pass

66.74

911 Tax

Santa Clara

City of San Jose

Measure J

Eliminate 911 fee of $1.75 per telephone line and replace it with a tax of $1.57.

Pass

77.69

911 Tax

Santa Cruz

County of Santa Cruz

Measure B

Repeal exiting 911 fee and replace with 911 tax of the same amount per line and adding cell phones

Fail

49.07

911 Tax

Santa Cruz

City of Watsonville

Measure C

Replace existing 911 fee and replace it with a tax of the same amount of $2.05 per month.

Fail

47.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Various

Miscellaneous

Napa

City of Yountville

Measure M

Authorize the issuance of revenue bonds up to $2 million.

Pass

58.95

Various

Miscellaneous

San Francisco

County of San Francisco

Prop R

Rename the city's Oceanside Treatment Plant as the George W. Bush Sewage Plant.

Fail

30.25

Various

Miscellaneous

San Francisco

County of San Francisco

Prop K

Shall the city stop enforcing laws against prostitution.

Fail

40.94

Various

Miscellaneous

Marin

Town of Fairfax

Measure C 

Adoption of an ordinance requiring the use of recyclable paper or reusable bags by retail establishments.

Pass

78.51

Various

Miscellaneous

Monterey

City of Pacific Grove

Measure Y

Replace its existing employee's defined-benefit retirement plan with a defined-contribution retirement plan.

Pass

56.03

Various

Miscellaneous

Orange

County of Orange

Measure J

Require voter approval for certain increases in retirement benefits for county employees and officials.

Pass

75.20

Various

Miscellaneous

Orange

City of Villa Park

Measure AA

Display the national motto "In God We Trust" in the city council chambers.

Pass

77.30

Various

Miscellaneous

Orange

City of Yorba Linda

Measure BB

Adopt an ordinance relating to the elimination of eminent domain for private economic development purposes.

Pass

79.00

Various

Miscellaneous

San Diego

City of San Diego

Prop D

Prohibition of the consumption of alcohol at city beaches, Mission Bay Park and coastal parks.

Pass

52.50

Various

Miscellaneous

San Luis Obispo

City of Atascadero

Measure D

Prohibition of "Big Box" stores.

Fail

32.12

Cal-Taxletter, December 19, 2008

2008 California Taxpayers' Association. All Rights Reserved.