Local Tax Election Results:
In Many Local Elections, Voters Opt to Increase Taxes to Fund More Government Spending

In addition to approving two statewide tax measures on the November 6 ballot, Californians approved 162 local tax measures, including sales tax increases, utility taxes, and bonds and parcel taxes that add to the cost of owning property.

In San Francisco, voters overwhelmingly approved a new business gross receipts tax to replace an existing payroll tax, despite questions over how administration of the tax will create new burdens for San Francisco employers.

According to the vote totals available as of November 16, voters approved:

         3 of 7 non-school bonds (a total of $411 million in new bond debt). The bonds that were approved all were in the San Francisco Bay area.

         78 of 106 school bonds (a total of $11.208 billion in new school bond debt), with 14 still too close to call. School bonds were approved in districts of all sizes, in just about every region of the state. This may have been due to the aggressive campaigning conducted by school employees, in many cases using taxpayer-funded resources to campaign for passage of the bonds.

         14 of 17 hotel taxes. Voters in the city of Garden Grove (Orange County) increased the hotel tax to 14.5 percent.

         19 of 50 parcel taxes, with 10 still too close to call. Parcel taxes were rejected even in may traditionally liberal areas of the state perhaps a sign that schools overreached by putting these taxes on the same ballot as school bonds and statewide tax hikes that were described as being dedicated to schools.

         7 of 10 utility users' taxes, with one still too close to call. Several of the UUT measures included small rate decreases coupled with a major expansion of the base, and many voters may have believed they were voting for a tax reduction rather than an increase.

Despite the large number of successful local tax measures, Senate President Pro Tem Darrell Steinberg indicated that he is displeased that more parcel taxes didn't pass, and has announced that he may pursue legislation to reduce the two-thirds vote requirement for parcel taxes so that more of them will be approved in upcoming elections.

NOVEMBER 6, 2012 LOCAL TAX ELECTIONS

SUBJECT

COUNTY

JURISDICTION

BALLOT LABEL

PROPOSAL

RESULT

% YES

Bond

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure N

A $19.4 million bond to make a variety of improvements to Berkeley's pools.

Fail

62.33

Bond

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure M

A $30 million bond to make a variety of improvements to Berkeley's streets and watershed

Pass

73.16

Bond

Alameda

Washington Township Health Care District

Measure Z

A $186 million bond to make improvements at the Washington Township Health Care District.

Pass

73.24

Bond

Butte

El Medio Fire Protection District

Measure M

A $1 million bond to acquire land and build a training facility.

Fail

55.80

Bond

Humboldt

City of Rio Dell

Measure J

Authorize a $2 million bond for road repair and maintenance.

Fail

54.91

Bond

Placer/Nevada

Truckee Donner Recreation and Park District

Measure J

Authorize a $8.52 million bond to build an aquatic center and a performing arts center.

Fail

54.07

Bond

San Francisco

City and County of San Francisco

Measure B

Authorize a $195 million bond for parks improvements.

Pass

71.76

Bond, School

Alameda

Oakland Unified School District

Measure J

Authorize a $475 million school bond.

Pass

84.10

Bond, School

Butte

Chico Unified School District

Measure E

Authorize a $78 million school bond.

Pass

64.30

Bond, School

Butte

Gridley Unified School District

Measure G

Authorize a $11 million school bond.

Fail

37.81

Bond, School

Contra Costa

Antioch High School District

Measure B

Authorize a $56.5 million school bond.

Pass

62.20

Bond, School

Contra Costa

Knightsen Elementary School District

Measure H

Authorize a $3 million school bond.

Fail

45.61

Bond, School

Contra Costa

San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Measure D

Authorize a $260 million school bond.

TCTC

55.46

Bond, School

Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Measure E

Authorize a $360 million school bond.

Pass

63.37

Bond, School

Fresno

Caruthers Unified School District

Measure C

Authorize a $12 million school bond.

Pass

63.04

Bond, School

Fresno

Mendota Unified School District

Measure M

Authorize a $19 million school bond.

Pass

74.15

Bond, School

Fresno

Sanger Unified School District

Measure S

Authorize a $50 million school bond.

Pass

68.51

Bond, School

Fresno

Washington Unified School District

Measure W

Authorize a $22 million school bond.

Pass

72.60

Bond, School

Glenn

Willows Unified School District

Measure P

Authorize a $14.7 million school bond.

Fail

53.83

Bond, School

Humboldt

Arcata Elementary School District

Measure F

Authorize a $7 million bond to upgrade schools facilities.

Pass

74.79

Bond, School

Humboldt

Fortuna Union High School District

Measure D

Authorize a $10 million bond for upgrades.

Pass

59.98

Bond, School

Imperial

Brawley Elementary School District

Measure S

Authorize a $7.5 million school bond.

Pass

65.78

Bond, School

Imperial/

Riverside

Coachella Valley Unified School District

Measure X

Authorize a $41 million school bond.

Pass

65.19

Bond, School

Kern

McFarland Unified School District

Measure M

Authorize a $25 million school bond.

Pass

73.81

Bond, School

Kern

Elk Hills Elementary School District

Measure O

Authorize a $6.2 million school bond.

Fail

45.59

Bond, School

Kern

Panama-Buena Vista Union School District

Measure P

Authorize a $147 million school bond.

Pass

64.31

Bond, School

Kern

Standard Elementary School District

Measure Q

Authorize a $11.2 million school bond.

Pass

70.52

Bond, School

Kings/Fresno

West Hills Community College District

Measure L

Authorize a $12.655 million school bond.

TCTC

56.90

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Bellflower Unified School District

Measure BB

Authorize a $79 million school bond.

Pass

71.71

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Castaic Union School District

Measure QS

Authorize a $51 million school bond.

Pass

64.17

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Cerritos Community College District

Measure G

Authorize a $350 million school bond.

Pass

69.45

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Covina-Valley Unified School District

Measure CC

Authorize a $129 million school bond.

Pass

72.72

Bond, School

Los Angeles

El Camino Community College District

Measure E

Authorize a $350 million school bond.

Pass

67.39

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Inglewood Unified School District

Measure GG

Authorize a $90 million school bond.

Pass

85.79

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Lancaster School District

Measure L

Authorize a $63 million school bond.

Pass

68.44

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Little Lake City School District

Measure EE

Authorize a $18 million school bond.

Pass

75.89

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Lynwood Unified School District

Measure K

Authorize a $93 million school bond.

TCTC

56.59

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Palmdale School District

Measure DD

Authorize a $220 million school bond.

Pass

72.49

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Redondo Beach Unified School District

Measure Q

Authorize a $63 million school bond.

Pass

63.31

Bond, School

Los Angeles/

Orange

Rowland Unified School District

Measure R

Authorize a $158.8 million school bond.

Pass

67.28

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District

Measure ES

Authorize a $385 million school bond.

Pass

67.44

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Temple City Unified School District

Measure S

Authorize a $128.8 million school bond.

Pass

63.39

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Westside Union School District

Measure WR

Authorize a $18.510 million school bond.

Pass

61.44

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Whittier City Elementary School District

Measure Z

Authorize a $55 million school bond.

Pass

71.53

Bond, School

Merced

Delhi Unified School District

Measure E

Authorize a $8 million school bond.

Pass

70.77

Bond, School

Merced

Weaver Union School District

Measure G

Authorize a $9 million school bond.

TCTC

54.31

Bond, School

Monterey/

Santa Cruz

Pajaro Valley Unified School District

Measure L

Authorize a $150 million school bond.

Pass

66.72

Bond, School

Monterey

Soledad Unified School District

Measure C

Authorize a $40 million school bond.(2/3 vote.)

Pass

73.71

Bond, School

Monterey

Spreckels Union School District

Measure B

Authorize a $7 million school bond.

Pass

59.05

Bond, School

Napa

St. Helena Unified School District

Measure C

Authorize a $30 million school bond.

Pass

57.56

Bond, School

Orange

Coast Community College District

Measure M

Authorize a $698 million school bond.

TCTC

56.87

Bond, School

Orange

Fountain Valley Elementary School District

Measure N

Authorize a $23.5 million school bond.

Fail

50.56

Bond, School

Orange

La Habra City Elementary School District

Measure O

Authorize a $31 million school bond.

Pass

60.38

Bond, School

Orange

Ocean View School District

Measure P

Authorize a $198 million school district.

Fail

53.33

Bond, School

Orange

Rancho Santiago Community College District

Measure Q

Authorize a $198 million school bond.

Pass

71.06

Bond, School

Orange

Tustin Unified School District

Measure S

Authorize a $135 million school bond.

Pass

59.41

Bond, School

Riverside

Alvord Unified School District

Measure W

Authorize a $79 million school bond.

Pass

62.54

Bond, School

Riverside

Hemet Unified School District

Measure U

Authorize a $49 million school bond.

Pass

68.78

Bond, School

Riverside

Nuview Union School District

Measure V

Authorize a $4 million school bond.

Pass

64.45

Bond, School

Riverside

Perris Union High School District

Measure T

Authorize a $153.42 million bond measure for school construction and renovations.

Pass

60.59

Bond, School

Riverside

Temecula Valley Unified School District

Measure Y

Authorize a $165 million school bond.

Pass

63.37

Bond, School

Sacramento

San Juan Unified School District

Measure N

Authorize a $350 million bond to improve all district schools.

Pass

59.30

Bond, School

Sacramento

Folsom Cordova Unified School District

Measure P

Authorize a $68 million bond to complete modernization projects for Rancho Cordova schools.

Pass

70.33

Bond, School

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified School District

Measure Q

Authorize a $346 million school bond.

Pass

69.15

Bond, School

Sacramento

Sacramento City Unified School District

Measure R

Authorize a $68 million school bond.

Pass

66.91

Bond, School

San Bernardino

Chaffey Joint Union High School District

Measure P

Authorize a $848 million school bond.

Pass

62.92

Bond, School

San Bernardino

San Bernardino Unified School District

Measure N

Authorize a $250 million school bond.

Pass

70.25

Bond, School

San Bernardino/

Riverside

Yucaipa-Calimesa Joint Unified School District

Measure O

Authorize a $98 million school bond.

Fail

50.53

Bond, School

San Diego

Cajon Valley Union School District

Proposition C

Authorize a $88.4 million school bond.

TCTC

57.28

Bond, School

San Diego

Dehesa Elementary School District

Proposition D

Authorize a $3 million school bond.

Fail

53.29

Bond, School

San Diego

Chula Vista Elementary School District

Proposition E

Authorize a $90 million school bond.

Pass

67.23

Bond, School

San Diego

Mountain Empire Unified School District

Proposition G

Authorize a $30.8 million school bond.

TCTC

55.17

Bond, School

San Diego

Ramona Unified School District

Proposition R

Authorize a $66 million school bond.

Fail

50.46

Bond, School

San Diego

Grossmont-Cuyamaca Community College District

Proposition V

Authorize a $398 million school bond.

TCTC

57.25

Bond, School

San Diego

South Bay Union School District

Proposition Y

Authorize a $26 million school bond.

Pass

74.48

Bond, School

San Diego

San Diego Unified School District

Proposition Z

Authorize a $2.8 billion school bond that would increase property taxes by approximately $60 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Pass

60.37

Bond, School

San Diego

Del Mar Union School District

Proposition CC

Authorize a $76.8 million school bond that would cost property owners approximately $8.44 per $100,000 of assessed value.

Fail

53.68

Bond, School

San Diego

MiraCosta Community College District

Proposition EE

Authorize a $497 million school bond.

TCTC

54.16

Bond, School

San Diego

San Dieguito Union School District

Proposition AA

Authorize a $449 million school bond.

TCTC

54.92

Bond, School

San Joaquin

Escalon Unified School District

Measure B

Authorize a $19.5 million school bond.

Pass

64.03

Bond, School

San Joaquin

Stockton Unified School District

Measure E

Authorize a $156 million school bond.

Pass

73.44

Bond, School

San Joaquin

Ripon Unified School District

Measure G

Authorize a $25,236,190 school bond.

Pass

57.39

Bond, School

San Luis Obispo

Templeton Unified School District

Measure H

Authorize a $35 million school bond.

Pass

57.27

Bond, School

San Mateo

Burlingame Elementary School District

Measure D

Authorize a $56 million school bond to increase capacity and technology.

Pass

66.40

Bond, School

San Mateo

Jefferson Elementary School District

Measure I

Authorize a $67.5 million school bond.

Pass

76.22

Bond, School

San Mateo

Jefferson Union High School District

Measure E

Authorize a $41.9 million school bond.

Pass

73.52

Bond, School

San Mateo

San Carlos Elementary School District

Measure H

Authorize a $72 million school bond.

Pass

66.73

Bond, School

Santa Barbara

College Elementary School District

Measure K

Authorize a $12 million school bond

Fail

45.17

Bond, School

Santa Barbara

Santa Ynez Valley High School District

Measure L

Authorize a $19.84 million school bond.

Fail

47.19

Bond, School

Santa Clara

Morgan Hill Unified School District

Measure G

Authorize a $198.3 million school bond.

Pass

65.27

Bond, School

Santa Clara

San Jose Unified School District

Measure H

Authorize a $290 million school bond.

Pass

70.78

Bond, School

Santa Clara

East side Union High School District

Measure I

Authorize a $120 million school bond.

Pass

70.90

Bond, School

Santa Clara

Alum Rock Union School District

Measure J

Authorize a $125 million school bond.

Pass

78.90

Bond, School

Santa Clara

Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District

Measure L

Authorize a $25 million school bond.

Pass

74.77

Bond, School

Santa Cruz

Pacific Elementary School District

Measure M

Authorize a $830,000 school bond.

Pass

78.04

Bond, School

Shasta

Anderson Union High School District

Measure C

Authorize a $12.3 million school bond.

TCTC

56.66

Bond, School

Siskiyou

Butteville Union High School District

Measure R

Authorize a $3.5 million school bond.

Fail

46.34

Bond, School

Solano/Yolo

Solano Community College

Measure Q

Authorize a $348 million school bond.

Pass

62.52

Bond, School

Sonoma

Gravenstein Union School District

Measure M

Authorize a $6 million school bond.

Pass

65.12

Bond, School

Sonoma

Roseland Elementary School District

Measure N

Authorize a $7 million school bond.

Pass

68.24

Bond, School

Sonoma

Wilmar Union Elementary School District

Measure P

Authorize a $4 million school bond.

Pass

62.25

Bond, School

Tulare

Visalia Unified School District

Measure E

Authorize a $60.1 million school bond.

Pass

66.48

Bond, School

Tulare

Earlimart Elementary School District

Measure H

Authorize a $3.6 million school bond.

Pass

80.99

Bond, School

Tulare

Porterville Unified School District

Measure J

Authorize a $90 million school bond.

Fail

48.94

Bond, School

Tulare/Fresno

Kings Canyon Unified School District

Measure K

Authorize a $40 million school bond.

Pass

61.39

Bond, School

Tulare

Lindsay Unified School District

Measure L

Authorize a $16 million school bond.

TCTC

55.19

Bond, School

Tuolumne

Sonora Union High School District

Measure J

Authorize a $23 million school bond.

TCTC

56.20

Bond, School

Tuolumne

Summerville Union High School District

Measure H

Authorize a $8 million school bond.

TCTC

54.26

Bond, School

Ventura

Ocean View School District

Measure P

Authorize a $4.2 million school bond.

Pass

77.71

Bond, School

Ventura

Oxnard School District

Measure R

Authorize a $90 million school bond.

Pass

65.41

Bond, School

Ventura

Somis Union School District

Measure S

Authorize a $9 million school bond.

Pass

67.24

Bond, School

Ventura

Hueneme Elementary School District

Measure T

Authorize a $19.6 million school bond.

Pass

75.62

Bond, School

Yuba

Wheatland Union High School District

Measure U

Authorize a $9 million school bond.

Pass

61.16

Business Gross Receipts

San Francisco

City and County of San Francisco

Measure E

Phases in a gross-receipts tax over five years in-lieu of the city's existing payroll tax. Tax rates for the new gross receipts tax are based on a business's receipts and the business's NAICS code. City staff would apportion a business' income to attempt to determine what is earned within San Francisco. Also changes the city's business registration fee to raise $38 million annually.

Pass

71.09

Business License

Los Angeles

City of Artesia

Measure M

Increase the business license tax on businesses with gross annual receipts in excess of $150,000.

Pass

77.98

Business License

San Bernardino

City of Rialto

Measure V

Increase the business license tax on items related to petroleum products.

Fail

47.36

Spending Limit

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure P

Increase the Gann Spending Limit to allow the city to increase spending on parks, libraries, public safety and medical services for fiscal years 2013 through 2016.

Pass

89.13

Spending Limit

Calaveras

Copperopolis Fire Protection District

Measure C

Extends authorization to raise the spending limit for the fire district to $550,000 annually for fiscal years 2013-14 through 2016-17.

Pass

77.16

Spending Limit

Marin

Stinson Beach Fire Protection District

Measure F

Increases the Gann Spending Limit to allow the district to increase spending for fire protection and ambulance services for fiscal years 2011-12 through 2016-17.

Pass

95.42

Hotel

Amador

County of Amador

Measure Q

Increase the current six percent tax to 10 percent.

Pass

60.48

Hotel

Amador

City of Plymouth

Measure R

Increase the current tax to 10 percent.

Pass

57.53

Hotel

Glenn

City of Willows

Measure Q

Increase the current tax of 10 percent to 12 percent.

Pass

52.70

Hotel

Los Angeles

City of Pomona

Measure V

Increase the current tax of 10 percent to 12 percent.

Fail

49.05

Hotel

Orange

City of Garden Grove

Measure Y

Increase the current tax of 13 percent to 14.5 percent.

Pass

66.57

Hotel

Plumas

County of Plumas

Measure C

Increase the current tax of 9 percent to 11 percent.

Fail

41.13

Hotel

San Diego

City of Coronado

Proposition F

Increase the hotel tax from 8 percent to 10 percent.

Pass

60.51

Hotel

San Diego

City of Santee

Proposition U

Increase the hotel tax from 6 percent to 10 percent.

Pass

57.29

Hotel

San Mateo

City of Menlo Park

Measure K

Increase the hotel tax from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Pass

73.61

Hotel

Santa Barbara

City of Solvang

Measure Z2012

Increase the hotel tax from 10 percent to 12. Percent.

Pass

57.79

Hotel

Santa Barbara

City of Buellton

Measure D2012

Increase the hotel tax from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Pass

55.70

Hotel

Santa Barbara

City of Carpinteria

Measure E2012

Increase the hotel tax from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Pass

77.79

Hotel

Santa Barbara

City of Goleta

Measure H2012

Increase the hotel tax from 10 percent to 12 percent.

Pass

72.32

Hotel

Santa Cruz

City of Santa Cruz

Measure Q

Increase the hotel tax from 10 percent to 11 percent.

Pass

82.14

Hotel

Santa Cruz

County of Santa Cruz

Measure N

Increase the hotel tax by 1.5 percent.

Pass

72.11

Hotel

Tehama

City of Red Bluff

Measure A

Impose a hotel tax of 10 percent.

Fail

39.56

Hotel

Tulare

City of Exeter

Measure M

Increase the hotel tax from 4 percent to 8 percent.

Pass

66.45

Marijuana

San Bernardino

City of Needles

Measure S

Impose a 10 percent tax on gross receipts.

Pass

81.24

Marijuana

San Diego

City of Del Mar

Proposition H

Impose a 2.5 percent tax on sales of medical marijuana.

Fail

43.53

Marijuana

Santa Clara

City of Palo Alto

Measure C

Impose a 4 percent tax on sales of medical marijuana.

Fail

36.95

Parcel

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure O

A parcel tax for Berkeley pools. The amount of the tax will vary depending on the number of square feet.

Fail

59.98

Parcel

Alameda/

Contra Costa

Chabot-Las Positas Community College District

Measure I

A parcel tax of $28 per parcel for six years.

Fail

62.17

Parcel

Alameda

County of Alameda

Measure A1

A parcel tax of $12 per parcel for the Oakland zoo.

Fail

62.62

Parcel

Alameda

San Leandro Unified School District

Measure L

A parcel tax of $39 per year for five years.

TCTC

66.75

Parcel

Alameda

City of Piedmont

Measure Y

Extend the current parcel tax through June 30, 2017.

TCTC

68.33

Parcel

Calaveras

Circle XX Community Services District

Measure D

Increase the parcel tax from $300 a year to $400 a year for ten years.

Pass

72.93

Parcel

Contra Costa

Contra Costa Community College District

Measure A

A $11 a year parcel tax for six years.

TCTC

65.48

Parcel

Contra Costa

Contra Costa Fire Protection District

Measure Q

A $75 a year parcel tax effective July 1, 2013 and ending June 30, 2020.

Fail

52.58

Parcel

Contra Costa

Martinez Unified School District

Measure C

Extend the current $50 parcel tax due to expire in 2014 for five years.

TCTC

68.853

Parcel

Contra Costa

West Contra Costa Unified School District

Measure G

Extend the 7.2 cents per square foot tax set to expire in 2014 for five years.

Pass

74.63

Parcel

El Dorado

El Dorado County Library

Measure L

Tax of $17.58 per parcel for 15 years.

Fail

44.94

Parcel

Humboldt

Arcata Elementary School District

Measure E

A parcel tax of $49 per parcel for five years.

Pass

77.32

Parcel

Kern

Mohave Unified School District

Measure N

A parcel tax of $42 per parcel.

Fail

51.13

Parcel

Lassen

Spalding Community Services District (Volunteer Fire Department)

Measure V

Repeal the 1998 special tax and enact a new special tax of $134.00 per improved parcel and $44.00 for unimproved parcel.

Fail

45.21

Parcel

Lassen

Lassen Library District

Measure W

Extend the $28 parcel tax to all "inhabitable dwelling units" within the district.

Fail

44.31

Parcel

Los Angeles

Local Classrooms Funding Authority

Measure CL

Levy a parcel tax of 2 per square foot for residential property, and 7.5 per square foot for other types of property.

Pass

69.00

Parcel

Los Angeles

Little Lake City School District

Measure TT

A parcel tax of $48 per year for five years.

Pass

73.95

Parcel

Los Angeles

Santa Monica Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Measure HH

Implement a $24 tax annually for 10 years for the Santa Monica Mountains.

Pass

75.92

Parcel

Los Angeles

Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority

Measure MM

Tax of $19 per parcel for 10 years to fund the Woodland Hills, Encino, and Tarzan Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

Pass

68.16

Parcel

Los Angeles

City of Pomona

Measure X

A parcel tax of $38 per year to fund library operations and services.

Fail

59.64

Parcel

Los Angeles

Westside Union School District

Measure WP

A parcel tax of $96 per year for four years.

Fail

52.94

Parcel

Marin

Mill Valley School District

Measure B

A parcel tax of $196 per year for eight years.

Pass

70.41

Parcel

Marin/Sonoma

Shoreline Unified School District

Measure C

A parcel tax of $184.70 increasing 2 percent per year for no more than 8 years.

Pass

71.71

Parcel

Marin

Town of Ross

Measure D

Impose a special tax of $950 per dwelling unit for single family residential and per parcel for all other uses.

Pass

72.93

Parcel

Marin

Mesa Park Firehouse Community Park

Measure E

A parcel tax of $49 per year for four years.

TCTC

65.53

Parcel

Monterey

Pacific Grove Unified School District

Measure A

A parcel tax of $65 per year for five years to replace and extend the previously approved tax.

TCTC

65.03

Parcel

Nevada

Pleasant Ridge Union School District

Measure K

A tax of $92 per parcel for five years.

Fail

36.68

Parcel

Orange

City of Laguna Beach

Measure CC

A $120 per parcel per year will be levied on parcels in the city, to be used to purchase open space within the city.

Fail

44.57

Parcel

Placer

Newcastle Fire Protection District

Measure K

Reduce the current parcel tax of $146.46 to $30 per parcel.

Fail

61.50

Parcel

Riverside

City of Indian Wells

Measure R

A $171 parcel tax per year for landscaping on Highway 111.

Fail

25.94

Parcel

Riverside

City of Wildomar

Measure Z

A tax of $28 per parcel per year for parks.

TCTC

67.77

Parcel

San Francisco

City College of San Francisco

Measure A

A parcel tax of $79 each year for 8 years.

Pass

72.34

Parcel

San Luis Obispo

Cayucos Fire Protection District

Measure C

Repeal the special tax levied in 1982 and replace it with a new parcel tax set at $25/year.

TCTC

67.59

Parcel

San Mateo

San Bruno Park Elementary School District

Measure G

Impose a $199 parcel tax for five years.

Fail

58.39

Parcel

Santa Barbara

City of Guadalupe

Measure I2012

A $20 per year parcel tax for 8 years to fund libraries.

Fail

57.63

Parcel

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Measure A2012

A $45 parcel tax for secondary schools.

Pass

69.30

Parcel

Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara Unified School District

Measure B2012

A $48 parcel tax for elementary schools.

Pass

70.47

Parcel

Santa Clara

Santa Clara Valley Water District

Measure B

Extend a current $54 a year parcel tax through 2029, increasing at 3 percent a year, rather than expiring in 2016.

Pass

73.15

Parcel

Santa Clara

Berryessa Union School District

Measure K

A $79 parcel tax for eight years.

Pass

77.74

Parcel

Siskiyou

Black Mountain Fire and Emergency Response Zone

Measure P

A tax of $30 per parcel.

Fail

48.25

Parcel

Siskiyou

McCloud Community Services District

Measure Q

A $12 per parcel tax for library services.

Fail

53.01

Parcel

Sonoma

City of Petaluma

Measure X

A $52 annual parcel tax for 15 years on single-family residences and more for other types of parcels.

Fail

61.05

Parcel

Sonoma

Fort Ross Elementary School District

Measure L

A $48 per parcel tax for eight years.

TCTC

65.42

Parcel

Sonoma

West Sonoma County Union High School District

Measure K

Extend the existing $48 annual parcel tax for eight years.

Pass

72.25

Parcel

Sonoma

Sebastopol Union School District

Measure O

A $76 per parcel tax for eight years.

Pass

71.38

Parcel

Sonoma

Rancho Adobe Fire Protection District

Measure Z

A $60 per parcel tax for eight years.

Fail

62.64

Parcel

Tulare

Three Rivers Union Elementary School District

Measure I

A $60 per parcel tax to maintain and improve Three Rivers Schools.

Fail

62.22

Parcel

Tuolumne

Groveland Community Services District

Measure G

A $70 per parcel tax to support EMS services

Pass

68.66

Parcel

Ventura

Ventura Unified School District

Measure Q

A $59 per parcel tax for four years.

TCTC

67.51

Parcel

Yolo/Solano

Davis Joint Unified School District

Measure E

Renew an existing tax of $204 per parcel. If Brown tax initiative fails, the measure would levy another $242 per parcel.

Pass

68.87

Sales

Alameda

County of Alameda

Measure B1

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for transportation.

TCTC

66.53

Sales

Alameda

City of Albany

Measure F

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for eight years.

Pass

79.83

Sales

Colusa

City of Williams

Measure G

Extend the 0.5 percent sales tax.

Pass

70.20

Sales

Contra Costa

City of Orinda

Measure L

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years.

Pass

69.52

Sales

Contra Costa

Town of Moraga

Measure K

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for 20 years.

Pass

70.34

Sales

Fresno

County of Fresno

Measure B

0.0125 percent tax for 16 years, increase to fund county library (two-thirds vote.)

Pass

72.11

Sales

Humboldt

City of Trinidad

Measure G

Extend tax of 0.75 percent, set to expire in 2013, for four years.

Pass

55.43

Sales

Kern

City of Maricopa

Measure R

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for 10 years.

Fail

34.13

Sales

Lake

City of Clearlake

Measure G

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for street and road maintenance.

Fail

61.34

Sales

Lake

County of Lake

Measure E

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years.

Fail

62.24

Sales

Los Angeles

City of Commerce City

Measure AA

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for city services.

Pass

67.63

Sales

Los Angeles

City of Culver City

Measure Y

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years.

Pass

76.50

Sales

Los Angeles

City of La Mirada

Measure I

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for 5 years.

Pass

66.22

Sales

Los Angeles

County of Los Angeles

Measure J

Continue the existing 0.5 percent sales tax for traffic relief for another 30 years or until voters decide to end it.

Fail

64.73

Sales

Marin

County of Marin

Measure A

Increase the sales tax by 0.25 percent.

Pass

73.35

Sales

Monterey

City of Carmel-by-the-Sea

Measure D

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for 10 years.

Pass

75.43

Sales

Monterey

City of Salinas

Measure E

Makes permanent the existing 0.5 percent sales tax for city services and maintenance.

Pass

75.67

Sales

Napa

Napa Valley Transportation Authority

Measure T

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for roads.

Pass

74.42

Sales

Nevada

City of Grass Valley

Measure N

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years.

Pass

66.26

Sales

Nevada

City of Nevada City

Measure L

Increase the sales tax by 0.375 percent for five years.

Pass

74.24

Sales

Plumas

County of Plumas

Measure D

Increase the sales tax by 0.25 percent for four years.

Fail

36.18

Sales

Sacramento

City of Sacramento

Measure U

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for six years.

Pass

63.06

Sales

San Benito

City of Hollister

Measure E

Extend a 1 percent sales tax increase for five years.

Pass

57.80

Sales

San Bernardino

City of Yucca Valley

Measure U

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for 30 years.

Fail

47.97

Sales

San Joaquin

City of Lathrop

Measure C

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent.

Pass

76.92

Sales

San Luis Obispo

City of Paso Robles

Measure E

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for12 years.

Pass

58.97

Sales

San Mateo

County of San Mateo

Measure A

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years.

Pass

64.70

Sales

San Mateo

City of Half Moon Bay

Measure J

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent.

Pass

54.02

Sales

Santa Clara

County of Santa Clara

Measure A

Increase the sales tax by 0.0125 for ten years.

Pass

56.36

Sales

Santa Cruz

City of Capitola

Measure O

Increase the sales tax by 0.25 percent to help the city recover from the 2011 flooding disaster.

TCTC

50.97

Sales

Solano

City of Fairfield

Measure P

Increase the sales tax by 1 percent for five years.

Pass

66.96

Sales

Solano

City of Rio Vista

Measure O

Increase the sales tax by 0.75 percent for five years.

Pass

69.53

Sales

Solano

City of Vacaville

Measure M

Increase the sales tax by 0.25 percent for five years.

Pass

69.61

Sales

Sonoma

City of Healdsburg

Measure V

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for 10 years.

Pass

55.39

Sales

Sonoma

City of Sebastopol

Measure Y

Increase the sales tax by 0.5 percent for eight years.

Pass

70.76

Utility User

Alameda

City of Berkeley

Measure Q

Extend the existing utility users tax rate to cover more utilities, including cell phones and related/similar technologies.

Pass

85.44

Utility Users

Butte

City of Chico

Measure J

Reduce UUT rate on telecommunications from 5 percent to 4.5 percent, and expand the base to cover currently untaxed services.

Fail

46.42

Utility Users

Contra Costa

City of Pinole

Measure M

Extend an existing 8 percent tax on gas, electric and telephone bills (scheduled to expire in December) for eight years.

Pass

78.58

Utility Users

Humboldt

City of Arcata

Measure I

Impose a 45 percent tax on "excessively high residential electricity usage," defined as residential usage that exceeds 600 percent of the established "baseline allowance," for 12 years.

Pass

68.96

Utility Users

Los Angeles

City of Bellflower

Measure P

Increase UUT rate from 5 percent to 7 percent for five years.

Pass

61.34

Utility Users

Los Angeles

City of Downey

Measure D

Reduce UUT rate on telecommunications from 5 percent to 4.8 percent, and expand the base to cover currently untaxed services.

Pass

79.71

Utility Users

Orange

City of Los Alamitos

Measure DD

Reduce the tax by 1 percent to 5 percent and expand the base by taxing VoIP, broadband, paging and private communication lines.

Pass

70.57

Utility Users

Sacramento

City of Citrus Heights

Measure K

Increase the UUT rate from 2.5 percent to 4.25 percent for 10 years, with revenue earmarked for public safety (2/3 vote).

Fail

55.68

Utility Users

San Bernardino

City of Needles

Measure T

Impose a UUT of up to 2.5 percent and reduce the city's "franchise fee" from 7.5 percent to 5 percent.

TCTC

51.84

Utility Users

San Luis Obispo

City of San Luis Obispo

Measure D

Reduce UUT from 5 percent to 4.8 percent, but extend application to cover additional types of services that are not currently taxed.

Pass

83.52

 

Vehicle

Amador

County of Amador

Measure U

Renew the vehicle abatement fee of $1 for 10 years.

Pass

68.84

Vehicle

Butte

County of Butte

Measure H

Renew the vehicle abatement fee of $1 for 10 years.

Pass

73.57

Vehicle

Calaveras

County of Calaveras

Measure B

Renew the vehicle abatement fee of $1 for 10 years.

Pass

71.06

Vehicle

Mendocino

County of Mendocino

Measure G

Renew the vehicle abatement fee of $1 for 10 years.

Pass

78.82

 

Misc: Excise

Contra Costa

City of Richmond

Measure N

A tax on sugary drinks at a rate of one cent per ounce.

Fail

33.09

Misc: Excise

Los Angeles

City of El Monte

Measure H

A tax on sugary drinks at a rate of one cent per ounce for city services and maintenance.

Fail

23.69

Misc: Property Transfer Tax

Los Angeles

City of Pomona

Measure W

Increase the property transfer tax from $1.10 per $500 of property value to $2.20.

Fail

24.73

Misc: Property Tax Repeal

Orange

City of Huntington Beach

Measure Z

End property tax assessment, approved in 1966, that raises revenue to cover some city employee pension costs. The assessment is 15 cents per every $100 of assessed value.

Fail

49.67

Misc.: Card Room

Sacramento

City of Rancho Cordova

Measure L

Establish a 2 percent tax on card rooms' gross gambling revenues starting January 2014 and each year thereafter, 3 percent on the first $5 million and 4 percent on revenues above $5 million.

Pass

80.22

Misc: Elections

San Francisco

City and County of San Francisco

Measure G

Resolution directing the Congress to overturn the United States Supreme Court decision that allows corporations to donate unlimited funds to an independent-expenditure committee.

Pass

81.03

Misc: Minimum Wages

Santa Clara

City of San Jose

Measure D

Requires payment of minimum wages in San Jose at $10 per hour with annual increases based on inflation.

Pass

58.76

Misc: UUT/Business License/Hotel

Solano

City of Vacaville

Measure I

Extends for 25 years three taxes that have been imposed since 1988 a $58-per-year tax on water users, a per-employee business license tax, and a 2 percent hotel tax.

Pass

80.75

CalTaxletter, November 16, 2012

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