Local Tax Election RESULTs:
Pacifica Voters Reject Sales Tax Increase; Varied Results in Other Local Tax Elections

Voters in the city of Pacifica (San Mateo County) flatly rejected the only sales tax measure that went before voters on May 19, with only 38 percent of voters supporting the proposed 1 percent rate increase.

In other local elections, two hotel room taxes passed with ease, while the only school bond on the ballot failed in the rural area of Springville (Tulare County). There also were two parcel taxes on local ballots one passed in San Bernardino County and the other failed in Contra Costa County.

In addition, there were three utility users' taxes on local ballots. Two passed and one failed.

Rancho Cordova's Measure B, a UUT base expansion measure, failed with 55 percent voting "yes." As a special tax dedicated to raising money for public safety, it required a two-thirds vote. The Sacramento Bee reported that city officials have already said they will more than likely return to voters with a similar measure. "Most likely, we will come back with it again," city spokeswoman Nancy Pearl said. "But we have not defined a specific election in the future." (Cal-Tax: Oddly, the city, with one of the lowest UUT rates in the state at 2.5 percent decided to change this general tax to a special tax, which made the otherwise majority-vote tax require a two-thirds vote. One has to wonder if this suggestion came at the behest of city staff, who may have thought that a tax to fund police officers would be especially popular with voters.) (Source: The Sacramento Bee, May 20.)

Here are the unofficial results of all the local tax elections held on Tuesday:

May 19 Local Ballot Measures

TAX

COUNTY

JURISDICTION

BALLOT NUMBER

PROPOSAL

RESULTS

% YES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bond, School

Tulare

Springville Union Elementary School District

Measure L

$6.7 million school bond to upgrade various school facilities. (2/3 vote)

Failed

58.56

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel/Room

Los Angeles

City of Palmdale

Measure A

Increase hotel tax from 7% to 10% for "essential city services."

Passed

63.75

Hotel/Room

Madera

County of Madera

Measure D

Increase hotel tax from 9% to 11%.

Passed

76.40

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parcel

Contra Costa

Mount Diablo Unified School District

Measure D

Tax of $99 per parcel for education.

Failed

58.63

Parcel

San Bernardino

Mountains Community Hospital District

Measure K

Extends existing parcel tax of $80 for residential homes, $40 on vacant lots and $200 for businesses.

Passed

68.72

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales

San Mateo

City of Pacifica

Measure D

Raise the sales tax rate 1%, through 2016, for city services.

Failed

38.32

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility

Alameda

City of Hayward

Measure A

Enact a UUT of 5.5% for 10 years.

Passed

53.04

Utility

Riverside

City of Desert Hot Springs

Measure A

Increase existing UUT from 5% to 7% for debt reduction and public safety services, through June 30, 2020. (2/3 vote)

Passed

74.60

Utility

Sacramento

City of Rancho Cordova

Measure B

Expand UUT base while maintaining existing 2.5% rate, dedicate revenue to public safety programs. (2/3 vote)

Failed

55.14

 

Cal-Taxletter, May 22, 2009

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