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Local California Sales Tax Increases Make The Grade


 Local Elections Pass Sales Tax Increases In Numerous Cities

Thirty-three counties in California had local ballet measures to vote on June 5, 2012. Of those, a number of cities have passed sales tax measures to increase their local sales tax rate:

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY

Revenue goes directly to support city emergency funding to “…stabilize city finances, offset budget shortfalls/[address]the impact of State budget cuts on local services, prevent reductions to the number of police officers/crime investigators, protect/maintain crime prevention, childcare, youth sports and recreation programs and other general City services….”

Revenue is “[t]o provide funding that stays in Pittsburg and cannot be seized by the State, to be used for Public Safety, gang prevention, job creation programs for local residents, to keep the Senior Center open, to maintain other City services….”

Revenue is to “...provide funding that cannot be seized by the State, but will stay in San Pablo for such things as Public Safety, gang prevention, youth services, job creation and job training programs for local residents (including the disenfranchised) and all other general city services….”

KERN COUNTY

Titled the Ridgecrest Public Safety/Essential City Services Measure. Revenue intended “[to] help prevent additional cuts and maintain City of Ridgecrest services, including: city streets and pothole repair; police officers and neighborhood police patrols; 9-1-1 emergency response times; and crime prevention and investigation; and other city services….”

MONTEREY COUNTY

Revenue intended to “…prevent potential reduction of services to the Police Department, restore Police staffing and services; maintain the financial viability of the City; ensure adequate park maintenance, restore City Hall service hours and return Recreation Programs for youth….”

Revenue intended “[t]o protect and maintain local services, such as neighborhood police patrols, investigation and gang suppression officers, fire and 9-1-1 emergency response times, streets and parks maintenance, recreation programs and other general City services….”

SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Revenue slated to “…offset state budget cuts and maintain/restore essential services, such as: neighborhood police patrols/firefighter staffing; at-risk youth programs, gang/drug suppression/enforcement; improving 9-1-1 emergency medical response times; preventing floods through levee repair; and other vital city services….”

SONOMA COUNTY

STANISLAUS COUNTY

  • Stanislaus County – Measure T – one-eighth of a cent sales tax extended for five additional years. This tax was approved in 1995, extended in 1999 and 2004. The tax goes to support the county library system.

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