Of the 21 Local Tax Measures in Close Contests, 16 Pass

Of the 21 local tax measures on the June 5 ballot that were too close to call based on preliminary election returns, 16 passed after counties counted all the ballots and officially certified their results, three failed, and two remain uncertified.

The two pending measures, both in Los Angeles County, still are too close to call as the county has yet to announce the final results. If the current results hold, both measures will pass.

Of the three measures that failed, the largest was Alameda County’s Measure A, which would have imposed a 0.5 percent countywide sales tax increase to expand childcare centers, recruit and retain teachers and create more home-based childcare centers. The measure was a special tax needing two-thirds of the vote to pass, but fell slightly short with 66.20 percent. (The measure needed at least 216,454 votes out of the 324,681 cast, but finished with 214,955 votes.) If passed, the measure would have cost Alameda County taxpayers approximately $140 million annually.

One measure that was too close to call was San Francisco's Proposition C, a local initiative to increase the gross receipts tax to fund early care and education for children. The measure passed with 50.87 percent of the vote. The measure officially was keyed as a majority-vote initiative despite being a special tax that requires a two-thirds vote under the state constitution, and is seen as an early test case of the California Supreme Court's Upland decision, which some believe may allow local measures placed on the ballot by citizens to not be subject to the same two-thirds vote requirement as special taxes placed on the ballot by elected officials.

Another gross receipts tax increase to fund specific programs was placed on the same ballot by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. That measure, Proposition D, needed a two-thirds vote to pass, but did not even reach a majority vote, finishing with 44.9 percent.

There were 108 local tax measures on the June 5 ballot, and 78 passed.

New local tax measures are being placed on the November 6 ballot in jurisdictions throughout the state. Local governments have until mid-August to officially place a tax measure on the November ballot.



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