Local Taxes

Palo Alto Withdraws Headcount Tax, but Pandemic Doesn’t Stop Other Local Governments From Asking for Tax Increases

While some local governments have withdrawn tax measures from upcoming elections due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many are moving forward with ballot measures asking voters to approve tax increases. The Palo Alto City Council voted March 19 to discontinue development of a local business headcount tax for the November election. The council was preparing to consider tax rates and review results from a business climate survey, but staff recommended that the council discontinue work on the tax in light of…

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Local Tax Measure Election Results: More Than Half of Local Tax and Bond Measures Were Rejected by Voters, According to Preliminary Results

Voters in the March 3 presidential primary election rejected 122 of 237 local tax and bond measures – including CalTax-opposed Measure FD in Los Angeles County – according to preliminary election reports from county registrars. Click here for CalTax’s detailed description of the measures and the preliminary results. Of the 121 school bonds on the ballot in various parts of the state, 64 were rejected, 21 were approved and 36 are too close to call because they are within 3.5…

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Local Taxes: Voters Will Decide 231 Local Tax and Bond Measures in March Elections

California voters will decide 231 local tax and bond measures on the March 3 presidential primary ballot, according to data compiled by CalTax. CalTax’s online table of the 2020 local tax elections includes details about each measure, and will be updated with results after the election. The number of measures marks a 165 percent increase over the last presidential primary. In June 2016, voters were presented with 87 local tax and bond measures, and approved 67. This year’s measures include 119 school…

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