Local Tax Elections

Voters Approved 40 Local Tax Increases, Final Results Show

Californians approved 40 local tax increases (and bonds that increase taxes) and rejected 16 in the June 7 elections, according to the tallies finalized this week. The complete results, including descriptions of the measures and their estimated cost to taxpayers, are posted on the CalTax website. During the last primary election – held in March 2020, in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic – voters rejected a majority of local tax increases. However, this year’s election results indicate that voters…

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Voters Approve 36 Local Tax Increases, With Six Too Close to Call

Californians approved 36 local tax increases and rejected 14 in June 7 elections, according to preliminary results, and another six remain too close to call. The approved measures include nearly $1 billion in new general obligation and school bond indebtedness that will be repaid through property tax increases, and an additional $91 million in new direct taxes. Click here for CalTax’s detailed list of the local tax measures. Noteworthy measures include: Parcel Tax Repealed in San Bernardino. Voters in San…

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Voters Will Decide Fate of 55 Local Tax and Bond Measures in June

Californians will vote on 55 local tax and bond measures in the June 7 election, along with three special taxes that will be decided in special elections before the primary. If all of the measures are approved, taxpayers would face an additional $176 million per year in taxes, along with property tax increases to repay $2.5 billion in new bond debt. The June ballot includes 18 parcel taxes, 20 general obligation and school bonds, eight sales tax measures, three hotel…

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Parcel Tax Approved, Bond Measure Rejected in December Special Elections

A local parcel tax passed and a bond failed in recent special elections, according to the final results released by elections officials. In Riverside County, voters approved Measure H, a parcel tax to fund the San Gorgonio Memorial Health Care District. The measure renews a tax that is set to expire July 1 – maintaining the rate of $60.52 per parcel annually, but without any end date. The tax, which costs property owners approximately $2.6 million per year, was approved…

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Voters Approve 13 Taxes and Reject Four in Local Elections

Voters approved 13 local tax measures in elections that concluded November 2, representing a cumulative $50.4 million tax increase for Californians. A total of 18 tax measures were on the ballot in 12 counties. Four were rejected, and one remains in limbo at least until January under a court order. Measure PS in Los Angeles County was one of the four measures that failed. If the measure had been approved, industrial properties in the city of Commerce would have faced…

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Santa Cruz Seeks to Convert General Tax Into Special Tax Without Two-Thirds Vote

A local measure on the November 2 ballot in Santa Cruz seeks to convert an existing general tax into a special tax – with 20 percent of the revenue earmarked for special purposes – with a simple majority vote rather than the two-thirds vote required for special taxes. Measure A would amend the Measure L tax on marijuana businesses – approved in 2014 with 82 percent of the voters in support – to allocate 20 percent of the revenue to…

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