Local California Sales Tax Increases Make The Grade
- Jun 7, 2012 | Susan McLain
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
- City of Hercules – Measure O – one-half cent sales tax increase for four years.
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….”
- City of Pittsburg – Measure P – one-half cent sales tax increase for five years, then reduced to a quarter-cent sales tax for an additional five years.
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….”
- City of San Pablo – Measure Q – one-half cent sales tax increase for five years, then reduced to a quarter-cent sales tax for five more years.
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….”
- City of Ridgecrest – Measure L – three-quarter cent sales tax increase for five years.
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….”
- City of Greenfield – Measure X – one-cent sales tax increase for five years.
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….”
- City of Soledad – Measure Y – one-cent sales tax increase for five years.
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
- City of Santa Maria – Measure U – one-quarter percent sales tax increase for nine years.
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….”
- City of Sonoma – Measure J – half-cent sales tax increase to “…offset state budget cuts.”
- 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.