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Local Tax Election Results:
Voters Approve Taxes That Will Be Paid by Others

In local tax elections held April 10, voters in Los Angeles County approved two hotel taxes that will be paid by visitors rather than residents, and rejected two utility users' tax measures that would have hit residents themselves. In two other local tax elections, voters in wealthy counties approved one parcel tax to fund emergency medical response services, and left a parcel tax for schools too close to call based on the preliminary returns.

Details on this week's elections are posted below. CalTax's local tax election table includes these measures, along with details on tax measures that will be decided later this year.

APRIL 2012 LOCAL TAX ELECTIONS

TAX

COUNTY

JURISDICTION

BALLOT LABEL

PROPOSAL

RESULT

% YES

Hotel

Los Angeles

City of Arcadia

Measure D

Among other things, states that city's 10 percent tax applies to parking fees, service charges and other charges on hotel bills, and provides that online travel companies are hotel "operators" for the purpose of collecting the tax.

Pass

79.10

Hotel

Los Angeles

Culver City

Measure X

Increase tax rate from 12 percent to 14 percent as of July 1, 2012.

Pass

83.27

Parcel

Mendocino, Sonoma

Coast Life Support District

Measure C

Increase current $32 parcel tax to $44 per "unit of benefit," to raise funds for emergency medical response services.

Pass

78.51

Parcel

San Mateo

Brisbane Elementary School District

Measure Q

Tax of $156 per parcel for six years.

TCTC

67.48

Utility Users

Los Angeles

City of Bradbury

Measure A

Authorize a UUT at an initial rate of 8.4 percent on telecommunications, video, electricity, natural gas and solid waste disposal. Tax would remain for five years, and rate could be adjusted annually by city, up to 8.75 percent and down to 1 percent.

Fail

41.90

Utility Users

Los Angeles

City of Sierra Madre

Measure 12-1

Extend current 10 percent UUT, and authorize increase to 12 percent in 2013, with decreases starting in 2018.

Fail

39.36

Utility Users

Los Angeles

City of Sierra Madre

Measure 12-2

Advisory measure specifying that if Measure 12-1 is approved, the revenue should be used for public safety programs.

Fail

43.02

Misc.: Stormwater "Fee"

Contra Costa

Contra Costa County Clean Water Program

Measure CCWI

A parcel-based "fee" of $12 to $22 per year, to raise funds for cleaning storm drains. Requires majority vote of property owners who would pay the "fee."

Election results to be announced next month.

 

 

April 13, 2012
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