LOCAL TAX ELECTIONS:
Sales Tax Hikes and Other Local Tax Increases on the November 3 Ballot 

On November 3, a variety of local tax measures – including several proposals to further increase local sales and use tax rates – will go before voters in many areas of the state.

Local ballots also include many parcel tax proposals and school bond measures that will increase local property taxes if approved.

Also on the ballot is a parcel tax to fund a fire services district in Inyo. This will be the first tax election in a fire district since local fire districts went public in The Sacramento Bee with complaints that the state’s fire tax (officially dubbed a “fire prevention fee,” approved four years ago) has caused voters to reject local fire-related taxes because of concerns about being taxed twice for the same service.

The fire tax is imposed on property owners with habitable structures in areas where the state is responsible for providing firefighting services. “The first state prevention bills started showing up in people’s mailboxes in summer 2012,” The Bee reported October 23. “Since June 2012, at least 32 local fire tax measures have been on the ballot. Of those, 21 failed, almost all of them in districts that include significant portions of responsibility area.” That compares to 24 measures out of 35 being approved in the four years before the fire tax took effect, the newspaper noted.

In one interesting local election on a non-tax-related matter, proponents and opponents of a ballot measure both are urging a “no” vote. The Bee reported October 20 that El Dorado Hills’ Measure E, an advisory measure that asks voters whether the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors should rezone a former golf course to allow housing and commercial development, has caused some confusion.

Opponents of the zoning change put the measure on the ballot, so they are listed as proponents of the measure. However, they are asking for a “no” vote to send a message that the rezoning should be rejected.

The official opponents of the measure are urging a “no” vote as a protest against putting the measure on the ballot in the first place, but one of the opponents actually supports the zoning change.

The local tax measures that will appear on the November 3 ballot include:

Type of Measure

County

Jurisdiction

Ballot Designation

Description

Vote Threshold

Bond

San Francisco

City and County of San Francisco

Proposition A

Authorizes the issuance of $310 million in bonds to finance construction of 30,000 affordable housing units over the next six years.

2/3

Bond

San Mateo

City of San Carlos

Measure V

Authorizes the issuance of $45 million in bonds to protect and preserve open space, improve access, build and maintain recreation trails, and construct restrooms.

2/3

Bond

Santa Clara

City of Los Altos

Measure A

Authorizes the issuance of $65 million in bonds to expand Hillview Community Center and Park.

2/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bond, School

El Dorado

Placerville Union School District

Measure B

Authorizes the issuance of $3.2 million in bonds to increase access to technology for students.

55%

Bond, School

Imperial

Heber Elementary School District

Measure J

Authorizes the issuance of $6 million in bonds to fund construction of a gymnasium.

2/3

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Compton Unified School District

Measure S

Authorizes the issuance of $350 million in bonds to fund school and facility construction.

55%

Bond, School

Los Angeles

Walnut Valley Unified School District

Measure O

Authorizes the issuance of $208 million in bonds to upgrade technology and classrooms, improve school safety, and repair classrooms and equipment.

55%

Bond, School

Marin

San Rafael City Elementary School District

Measure A

Authorizes the issuance of $108.22 million in bonds to upgrade and repair school classrooms and facilities.

55%

Bond, School

Marin

San Rafael City High School District

Measure B

Authorizes the issuance of $160.5 million in bonds to upgrade and repair school classrooms, facilities, and technology.

55%

Bond, School

Mendocino

Potter Valley Community School District

Measure T

Authorizes the issuance of $3.1 million in bonds to upgrade and repair school classrooms, facilities, and technology.

55%

Bond, School

San Mateo

Redwood City Elementary School District

Measure T

Authorizes the issuance of $193 million in bonds to upgrade and repair school classrooms, facilities, and technology.

55%

Bond, School

San Mateo

San Mateo-Foster City School District

Measure X

Authorizes the issuance of $148 million in bonds to build new facilities to ease overcrowding.

55%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hotel Tax

Los Angeles

City of Hermosa Beach

Measure H

Increases the city's existing transient occupancy tax from 10% to 12% to fund general city services.

Majority

Hotel Tax

Stanislaus

City of Ceres

Measure E

Doubles the city's existing transient occupancy tax from 5% to 10% to fund general city services.

Majority

Hotel Tax

Trinity

County of Trinity

Measure W

Doubles the county's existing transient occupancy tax from 5% to 10% and earmarks revenue for tourism marketing, county volunteer fire departments, and the Sheriff's Department.

2/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

El Dorado

El Dorado Hills Community Services District

Measure E

Advisory vote on whether the county board of supervisors should re-zone 100 acres of the former executive golf course to a designation that allows residential housing and commercial development on the property.

Majority

Miscellaneous

Marin

City of Sausalito

Measure F

Authorizes the city to lease a park to the Sausalito Financing Authority and use lease revenue to finance upgrades and repairs to specified city parks.

Majority

Miscellaneous

Marin

Inverness Public Utility District

Measure G

Authorizes an adjustment to the Gann appropriations limit for the district to include the combined total of all applicable revenue sources for the 2015-16 through 2017-18 fiscal years.

Majority

Miscellaneous

Marin

Marinwood Community Services District

Measure H

Authorizes an increase over the Gann appropriations limit for the fiscal years from 2016-17 through 2019-20 in the amount equal to the revenue received from the special fire protection and emergency services tax approved in November 2011.

Majority

Miscellaneous

San Bernardino

Helendale Community Services District

Measure CC

Advisory vote on whether the district should provide local police protection services at a cost that will be paid by property owners in the district.

Majority

Miscellaneous

San Francisco

City of San Francisco

Proposition C

Requires any individual, business, or organization that spends more than $2,500 on public relations, media relations, advertising, public outreach, research, and studies for indirect lobbying to register with the city's ethics commission and pay a $500 “fee.” Nonprofits are exempt from the “fee.”

Majority

Miscellaneous

San Mateo

Menlo Park Fire Protection District

Measure Y

Reauthorizes the district's Gann limit override for four years, and increases the limit from $40 million to $50 million.

Majority

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parcel Tax

El Dorado

Cosumnes River Community Services District

Measure D

Increases the district's existing parcel tax from $150 to $250 per parcel per year to fund road maintenance and improvement.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Inyo

Southern Inyo Fire Protection District

Measure E

Imposes a parcel tax to obtain, furnish, operate, and maintain fire suppression and emergency response personnel. The rate of the tax varies depending on the type of property. Owners of single-residential parcels would pay $38.64 plus $1.50 per acre, while owners of a heavy industrial parcel would pay $1,000 plus $20 per acre, for example.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Los Angeles

City of Claremont

Measure PS

Imposes a parcel tax of $286 per parcel until June 30, 2056, to fund site acquisition, design, construction and furnishing of a new public safety facility.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Los Angeles

City of San Marino

Measure SA

Extends the city's existing public safety parcel tax for four years to fund paramedic, fire and police services. The rate ranges from $457 per parcel to $2,611 per parcel annually, depending on the type and size of the parcel, with annual increases.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Los Angeles

City of South Pasadena

Measure L

Increases the city's existing parcel tax to pay for library operations, and extends the tax for 8 years. The measure increases the tax from $24 annually to $32 annually for owners of homes with less than 2,000 square feet. Owners of homes with more than 4,000 square feet would pay $64 annually. Owners of multi-family units would pay $16, and non-residential parcels would pay between $32 and $128.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Los Angeles/Ventura

Las Virgenes Unified School District

Measure E

Imposes a tax of $98 per parcel to fund schools and educational programs and materials.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Marin

Marinwood Community Services District

Measure I

Replaces the existing parcel tax of $189.56 per parcel with a special tax of $189.56 “per unit on each parcel,” as defined by the measure, with an annual cost-of-living adjustment, as well as an increase in the district appropriations limit by the amount of revenue received from the tax.

2/3

Parcel Tax

San Bernardino

City of Rancho Cucamonga West Side CFD No. 1

Measure A

Replaces existing assessments with a special parcel tax of $44.50 to $89 per parcel for residential parcels, depending on size, and $44 to $712 for non-residential property. Additionally imposes a tax on the sale of residential property of $89 to $178 per parcel depending on size. Revenue would fund street cleaning and maintenance, park cleanup and maintenance, and street light acquisition. Also includes a Gann override.

2/3

Parcel Tax

San Bernardino

Running Springs Water District

Measure B

Increases the district's $65 parcel tax to fund fire protection and emergency medical services. The tax rate would increase to $95 in 2016, $125 in 2017, and $158 in 2018, with annual increases up to 3% after that.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Santa Clara

Campbell Union School District

Measure B

Extends the district's existing $96 parcel tax until 2025 to fund district schools.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Sonoma

Wilmar Union School District

Measure C

Extends the district's existing $50 parcel tax for 8 years to fund district schools, facilities, and after-school programs.

2/3

Parcel Tax

Sonoma

Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District

Measure D

Extends the district's existing $89 parcel tax until 2025 to fund district schools, facilities, and after-school programs.

2/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sales Tax

Contra Costa

City of Hercules

Measure B

Indefinitely extends the city's ½-cent sales tax that is scheduled to expire in 2016.

Majority

Sales Tax

Marin

City of Novato

Measure C

Extends the city's existing sales tax, and reduces it from 1/2 cent to 1/4 cent, to fund general city services.

Majority

Sales Tax

Monterey

City of Greenfield

Measure V

Extends the city's existing 1 cent sales tax to fund general city services.

Majority

Sales Tax

Monterey

City of Greenfield

Measure W

Imposes an additional 0.75 cent sales tax on top of the existing 1 cent sales tax to fund general city services.

Majority

Sales Tax

San Mateo

City of San Mateo

Measure S

Extends the city's existing 1/4 cent sales tax for 30 years to fund general city services.

Majority

Sales Tax

San Mateo

City of South San Francisco

Measure W

Imposes a 1/2 cent sales tax for 30 years to fund general city services.

Majority

Sales Tax

Siskiyou

City of Dunsmuir

Measure P

Imposes a 1/2 cent sales tax to fund general city services.

Majority

Sales Tax

Stanislaus

City of Modesto

Measure G

Increases the city's sales tax rate from 7.625% to 8.125% for 8 years to fund programs designed to make neighborhoods safer.

2/3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility Users Tax

Contra Costa

City of Hercules

Measure C

Extends the city's existing 2% utility users tax until 2025. The 2% tax is in addition to a separate 6% tax that will expire in 2025.

Majority

Utility Users Tax

Los Angeles

City of San Marino

Measure U

“Updates” and extends the city's utility users tax for 10 years, and decreases the maximum rate from 6% to 5%.

Majority

 

 

 

 

 

 

October 30, 2015

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