Voters in counties up and down the Golden State faced a wide swath of local tax and bond measures June 3, including general obligation bonds, school bonds, hotel taxes, parcel taxes, fire taxes, and sales tax increases. Among the results of the elections:
- Voters approved three out of four general bond measures, including a $400 million bond in San Francisco to fund fire, earthquake, and emergency response and to shore up the city’s water supply for firefighters.
- Of the 44 school bond measures across the state, voters approved 33 and rejected nine, and two are still too close to call based on preliminary results, but are leaning toward passing. The approved bond measures total nearly $2 billion (and will exceed that number if the close bond measures end up passing).
- Voter approval was given to two of three fire tax proposals, in Mendocino and Nevada counties, respectively.
- The hotel tax was increased by 2 percent in the Yolo County city of Winters, and the existing hotel tax in Riverside County’s city of Banning was extended.
- Of the 18 parcel tax measures on the ballot across the state, voters approved 15. The parcel taxes will provide funding for a variety of things including schools, emergency services, libraries, and parks. Proponents of one of the failed measures, Measure S in the city of Parlier in Fresno County, already said they are going to put the measure up for a vote again in November.
- Sales tax increases were approved in nine out of 11 attempts, and a tenth, in the city of Watsonville, is too close to call but currently leaning toward passing.
- Voters in Fresno County rejected a measure to renew existing vehicle registration fees that fund the county’s program for removing abandoned, wrecked, dismantled, and inoperative vehicles, though an identical measure in San Benito County was approved.A complete list of election results and measure summaries is available here
June 13, 2014
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