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Preview of Local Revenue Measures on the Ballot in California this November

September 23, 2016
The Nov. 8, 2016 California gubernatorial election includes some 650 local measures including 427 seeking approval for taxes or bonds.
 
CaliforniaCityFinance.com has prepared a preview report on these measures for the upcoming election.
 
School bonds and parcel tax measures make nearly half of the number. K-12 schools districts and community colleges are requesting a total of $25.314 billion in 184 separate authorizations for bonds to construct facilities, acquire equipment and make repairs and upgrades. Six of these school bonds exceed the limits to qualify for a 55 percent vote and require two-thirds approval. There are 22 measures to increase or extend (renew) school parcel taxes.
 
Among the 221 non-school local revenue measures are four measures asking for a total of $7.266 billion in bonds including the $3.5 billion Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Measure RR covering three San Francisco bay area counties, the $1.2 billion Los Angeles homeless housing and services Measure HHH, and Santa Clara County’s $950 million affordable housing Measure A.
 
There are 88 measures to increase or extend Transactions and Use Tax (sales tax) rates. Thirty of these are special (earmarked) taxes requiring two-thirds voter approval. These include 13 countywide measures for transportation improvements. There are 58 city and county majority vote general purpose tax proposals ranging from one-quarter percent to 1 percent.
 
There are 39 city, county and special district parcel taxes requiring two-thirds voter approval, including five street/road improvement measures, eight for parks/recreation/open space, 14 for fire/emergency medical response, four for hospitals, and four for police.
 
Coinciding with the statewide Proposition 64, which would legalize recreational marijuana in California, there are 37 measures to tax cannabis and three to tax sugary beverages (in Albany, Oakland and San Francisco).
 
Voters in 19 cities and two counties will consider increasing hotel occupancy taxes.


 
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