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California Ballot Guide 2012

Thanks to the initiative and referendum process, California taxpayers will decide the fate of billions of dollars in state and local fiscal policy when they head for the polls on June 5th. The following is a guide to tax, spending, and budget reform measures on the state, county, and local levels.

Measures that could lower taxes or control government are listed with a positive sign ( + ), and measures that could raise taxes or expand government are listed with a negative sign ( – ). Measures that simply extend current taxes without increasing burdens are listed without such a marking. This guide is for informational purposes only; it is not intended to provide endorsements or recommendations to voters.

Statewide measures

• ( - ) Proposition 29 on the statewide ballot would enact a $735 million tax increase, in the form of a $1.00 levy on every pack of cigarettes, in order to provide taxpayer subsidies for cancer research. Despite California’s struggling economy, 11 percent unemployment, and recurring multi-billion dollar deficits, Proposition 29 would hike tax burdens primarily on lower-income residents without dedicating any funds to balancing the budget. Instead, the measure would allow politicians to pour the proceeds into an expensive new bureaucracy. Taxpayer activists have expressed numerous concerns about this approach:

• Proposition 29 spends upwards of $125 million per year on overhead for government staff, buildings, and other nonresearch expenses.

• It raises burdens on California residents by nearly three-quarters of a billion dollars annually, but would allow some of those dollars to be spent on out-of-state or even foreign entities.

• The measure would create yet another new commission in the state whose sole focus is divvying up taxpayer money, similar to the High-Speed Rail Authority. These entities are frequently riddled with waste and sorely lacking in public accountability.

• Proposition 29 permits private-sector members receiving taxpayer funding through the initiative to serve on the commission that decides how its funds spent. These circular arrangements open the door to serious conflicts of interest.

• The language also prohibits any amendments to the initiative for 15 years. If flaws in the spending scheme are realized, Californians will be saddled with the consequences until 2027. Proposition 29 is strongly opposed by taxpayer watchdog groups in the state (among them the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association and the California Taxpayers Association), many local businesses and law enforcement organizations, and even the liberal editorial board at the Los Angeles Times.

• ( - ) Proposition 28 on the statewide ballot gives the appearance of reducing the amount of time a person can serve in the State Legislature from 14 years to 12. However, Prop 28 would allow for a person to serve 12 years in the same chamber. For Members of the State Assembly this would effectively double their permissible term of service from six years to 12. For Members of the State Senate the term of office would increase by 50 percent, from eight years to 12. Proposition 29’s supporters include Common Cause, public employee unions, and lobbyists seeking more influence. Opponents of Prop 29 include the National Tax Limitation Committee, Americans for Prosperity California, and U.S. Term Limits. Many taxpayer advocates support strong term limits as a way to curb the influence of entrenched special interests on fiscal policy.


Alameda County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure B in the Peralta Community College School District would levy a $48 tax per parcel for eight years to subsidize the college. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure C in the City of Alameda would impose an additional 0.5 percent local sales tax to underwrite city operations. If approved, the combined sales tax rate would rise to 9.25 percent. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure E would authorize the Dublin Unified School District to issue up to $99 million in debt for various school construction and improvement projects. If approved, it would result in an estimated tax increase of $29 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure G in the Hayward Unified School District would levy a $58 tax per parcel for five years to cover operations in the district. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure H in the New Haven Unified School District would authorize a tax of $180 per parcel for four years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Butte County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure B in the Biggs Unified School District would authorize the issuance of $6 million in debt for general construction. If passed, the measure would result in a maximum tax of $60 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure C in the Gridley Unified School District would authorize the issuance of $11 million in debt for facility and equipment upgrades. If passed, it would result in a maximum tax of $60 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure D in the Gridley Unified School District would authorize Elementary School Improvement District #1 to issue $2.5 million in debt for facility upgrades and improvements. If passed, it would result in a maximum tax of $60 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

Contra Costa County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure J in the Antioch Unified School District would authorize the issuance of debt totaling $59.5 million for facility construction and improvement. If passed, it would result in a tax increase of $59 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure K in the West Contra Costa Unified School District would reauthorize and increase the district’s parcel tax. Currently at $7.20 per parcel, this proposal would boost the tax to $10.20 and extend it through 2017. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( +)Measure N on the City of Hercules ballot would authorize the city to sell the Hercules Municipal Utility and use the proceeds to repay outstanding debt. Any additional surplus monies would go to the city’s general fund. While taxpayers should have concerns over proceeds being used to expand spending rather than provide reductions in tax burdens, this measure would take the prudent step of divesting the city of an entity whose annual losses are projected to exceed $300,000 next year. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure O on the City of Hercules ballot would establish a local option sales tax of 0.5 percent, for a combined state and local rate of 8.75 percent. The tax would theoretically expire after four years, though many “temporary” taxes in the state have outlasted their initial terms.

• ( - ) Measure P on the City of Pittsburg ballot would authorize a decadelong sales tax of 0.5 percentage points for the first five years and 0.25 percent for the five years that would follow. If approved, it would raise the combined state and local sales tax rate to 8.75 percent initially.

• ( - ) Measure Q on the City of San Pablo ballot would enact a decade-long sales tax hike of 0.5 percent for the first five years and 0.25 percent for the five years that would follow. This measure would raise the sales tax from 8.25 percent to 8.75 percent initially.

• ( - ) Measure R in the Crockett Community Services District would authorize a tax increase of up to $60 per parcel. If approved, it would more than double the existing parcel tax levied on residential property in the district. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure S in the East Contra Costa Fire Protection District would levy a $197 per parcel tax on all property for ten years with annual inflation adjustments not to exceed 3 percent. Despite a difficult budget situation, the district has spent $120,000 on a pro-Measure S campaign and has taken no action to address pension costs that are expected to rise by 65 percent in just five years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

El Dorado County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure B on the City of South Lake Tahoe ballot would amend the city’s current gross receipts tax. Currently, the city levies a tax on gross receipts with a total per-business maximum payment of $3,448, with the rate and ceiling both adjusted annually for inflation. If passed, Measure B would reduce the base rates, but would dramatically increase the tax payment ceiling from $3,448 to $20,000 while eliminating annual adjustments. The more than five-fold increase in the tax cap exposes local businesses to significantly larger potential burdens.

• ( - ) Measure K in the Pollock Pines Elementary School District would authorize the issuance of up to $9 million in debt for various school construction and improvement projects. If approved, the bonds would result in an estimated tax increase of $25 per $100,000 of assessed property value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

Fresno County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure A would authorize the Clovis Unified School District to issue $298 million in debt for facility improvements. If approved, it would eliminate a scheduled reduction in property taxes of $64.75 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for approval.

• ( - ) Measure O in the Sierra Unified School District would authorize $5.4 million in debt for campus improvements. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $37.90 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure S on the City of Parlier ballot would impose a 5 percent utility users tax in order to fund public safety programs. If approved, it is expected to raise taxes by $400,000. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Humboldt County

Countywide measures

• Measure Y on the countywide ballot would allow Humboldt residents to weigh in on the county’s existing $1.00 fee on vehicle registrations. Passage of Proposition 26 in 2010 required “supermajority” approval of certain taxes and fees. Measure Y would simply bring the existing fee into compliance with Proposition 26’s requirements and does not represent an increase in current taxpayer burdens. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure V in the South Trinity Joint Unified School District would authorize $2.3 million in debt for upgrades to district facilities. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $60 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure W in the Trinidad Union School District would authorize $2.2 million in new debt. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure X in the City of Rio Dell would authorize $2 million in debt for road repair and maintenance. Estimated annual costs to homeowners vary from $122 to $155. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Kern County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure B on the Norris School District ballot would authorize $149 million in new debt for construction of school facilities. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $24 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure would require the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure C in the Taft City School District would authorize the issuance of $23.6 million in debt for the construction of school buildings. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure would require the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure L on the ballot in the City of Ridgecrest would impose a 0.75 percent local option sales tax for five years. City officials declared a “fiscal emergency” in March to place the tax hike on the ballot. Over the past six years, the city has misappropriated over $4 million from the Waste Water Fund, leading to concerns over the necessity of a tax increase or the ability of the city to manage new revenues prudently.

Kings County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure A in the Reef-Sunset Unified School District would authorize $10.8 million in new bonded indebtedness for facilities construction. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $60 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure V in the Corcoran Joint Unified School District would authorize $9 million in debt to finance building renovations. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $60 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

Los Angeles County

Countywide measures

• ( - ) Measure H on the countywide ballot would permanently extend the county’s 12 percent hotel occupancy tax. The measure would continue the tax well beyond its scheduled sunset date.

• ( - ) Measure L on the countywide ballot would permanently extend the county’s 10 percent gross receipts tax on landfill operators. The measure would continue the tax well beyond its scheduled sunset date. Local measures

• ( - ) Measure CK in the Sulphur Springs Union School District would authorize the issuance of $72 million in debt for facility upgrades. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure CO would authorize the Charter Oak Unified School District to issue $47 million in debt for staff salaries and facility improvements. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

Marin County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure A on the Ross Valley Unified School District ballot would increase the existing parcel tax by $149 per year and reauthorize it for eight years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure C on the Town of Ross ballot would impose a special public safety services tax through 2016, not to exceed $1,000 per dwelling unit on single-family residences and a $1,000 per parcel tax on multifamily and commercial units. The town’s appropriations limit would increase by an amount equal to the special tax revenue. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure E in the Muri Beach Community Services District would impose a special tax of $200 per parcel for fire protection services for four years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• Voters in the City of Belvedere will decide on renewing annual fire and emergency service levies. These levies are extensions of existing taxes and do not represent net increases in current taxpayer burdens.

Mendocino County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure E in the Brooktrails Township Community Services District would increase the special tax for fire protection services. Property tax hikes would range from $100 per year for a single family residence to $300 per year for hotels. The measure requires the support of twothirds of voters for passage.

Monterey County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure X in the City of Greenfield would levy a local option sales tax of 1 percent for five years.

• ( - ) Measure Y on the City of Soledad ballot would enact a local option sales tax of 1 percent for five years.

Nevada County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure B in the Higgins Fire Protection District would impose a tax increase of $100 per parcel per year. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure C on the ballot in the Mystic Mines Community Services District would levy an $80 per parcel tax on plots in the district for road construction and maintenance. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Orange County

Countywide measures

• ( +) Measure B on the countywide ballot would trim overly-generous retirement benefits by requiring that County Supervisors become members of the Orange County Employees Retirement System with a pension of 1.62 percent of their average annual salary multiplied by years of service and a retirement age of 65 (rather than a more expensive 2.7 percent and age 55 plan).

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure E on the local Brea Olinda Unified School District ballot would authorize $54 million in debt to finance school renovation. If approved, the bonds would result in a property tax increase of $9 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure G in the Savanna Elementary School District would authorize $28.75 million in bonded debt for facilities and district projects. If approved, it would increase local property taxes by $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure J on the ballot in the City of Stanton would permanently increase the local Utility Users Tax from 5 percent to 7.5 percent, costing taxpayers about $1.1 million per year. This tax is applied to electricity, natural gas, water, and telecommunications services – including cell phones.

Placer County

Countywide measures

• ( - ) Measure F on the countywide ballot would extend for eight years the current 2 percent transient occupancy tax specific to the North Lake Tahoe area. This tax was intended to be temporary and is levied in addition to the countywide rate of 8 percent, creating an effective rate of 10 percent in the area. Measure F would only impact the North Lake Tahoe surcharge, not the underlying county rate.

Local measures

• ( +)Measure A on the City of Auburn ballot would change the city’s constitutional structure to become a “charter city.” It would improve city governance by allowing for performance-based budgeting and the exemption of local projects from expensive “prevailing wage” laws, among other positive changes.

• ( - ) Measure D on the local North Auburn-Ophir Fire District ballot would impose a new special tax of $40 per residential unit, $20 per mobile home unit, and $0.046 per square foot of commercial development for fire protection services. It would also allow for annual inflation adjustments of up to 3 percent. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure E in the Placer Hills Fire Protection District would authorize a new special tax in the district of $79 per home. District officials are calling for the tax to be variable with a maximum annual inflation adjustment of 3 percent. The measure requires the support of twothirds of voters for passage.

Riverside County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure F in the City of Riverside would amend the City Charter by adding a new Commission on Sustainability. Taxpayer advocates have expressed concern over the creation of new commissions to study issues of dubious value.

• ( +)Measure J would amend the City of Riverside charter to allow for bids on public works contracts to be advertised electronically rather than in the newspaper.

• ( - ) Measure L on the ballot in the Val Verde Unified School District would authorize the issuance of $178 million in public debt to update district technology labs and provide for the construction of school facilities. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure M in the Jurupa Unified School District would authorize the issuance of $125 million in new debt to finance school improvements. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

San Diego County

Local measures

• ( +)Measure A on the City of San Diego ballot would prohibit the city from requiring contractors to use “project labor agreements” for city construction projects and would require the Mayor to post all construction contracts over $25,000 on the Internet. Such agreements allow labor unions to dictate wages and working conditions for all workers, even sub-contractors, on a given project.

• ( +)Measure B on the City of San Diego ballot would reform the city’s pension system and save taxpayers millions of dollars. It would enroll all new non-police hires in a 401(k)-style retirement plan rather than an unsustainable defined-benefit pension. Additionally, the measure would require equal contributions from the employee and the city and would limit the employee compensation factor in calculating pension benefits.

• ( +)Measure D in the City of El Cajon proposes adopting a city charter in place of the current general law structure. City charters allow for greater local control and the proposed structure contains taxpayer protections such as limits on elected officials’ pay raises and exemptions from burdensome “prevailing wage” rules. The measure has support of local taxpayer groups such as the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

• ( +)Measure E on the City of Oceanside ballot would roll back some of the city’s onerous rent control policies by allowing certain rents to rise to market rates after a unit is vacated.

• ( - ) Measure G on the Mountain Empire Unified School District ballot would authorize the issuance of $30.8 million in debt for district upgrades and construction. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure H on the Alpine Union School District ballot would allow for the issuance of nearly $12 million in debt for school facilities. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

San Joaquin County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure A in the Lincoln Unified School District would authorize the issuance of $48.5 million in debt for construction of district facilities. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

San Mateo County

Countywide measures

• ( - ) Measure T on the countywide ballot would authorize a new gross receipts tax of 2.5 percent on rental car businesses. The tax would have a negative impact on Bay Area tourism. Moreover, taxpayers may be concerned the tax does not contain a sunset clause, nor does it specify how funds would be spent.

• ( - ) Measure U on the countywide ballot would permanently increase the county’s hotel tax from 10 percent to 12 percent, harming the region’s tourism industry.

• ( - ) Measure X on the countywide ballot would impose a general tax of 8 percent on gross receipts of commercial parking lot operators. Voters rejected a similar tax hike in 2008.

• With Measure Z, voters in San Mateo County will decide on renewing the annual fire protection levy. This levy is an extension of existing taxes and does not represent a net increase in current taxpayer burdens. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure S in the Cabrillo Unified School District would authorize $81 million in debt for facilities construction. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $45 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure V on the Town of Portola Valley ballot would increase the annual special tax per parcel from $625 to $950 in order to underwrite road maintenance in the District.

• ( - ) Measure W on the ballot in the Redwood City School District would levy a new $67 per parcel per year tax for five years. Taxpayers may be concerned that current levies supporting the district total $1,600 per person and Measure W would add nearly $350 to that burden nearly five years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure Y in the Jefferson Union High School District would authorize a new special tax of $48 per parcel per year for four years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Santa Barbara County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure U2012 in the City of Santa Maria asks voters to approve a 0.25 percent sales tax increase for nine years.

• ( - ) Measure V2012 in the Buellton Union School District would authorize the issuance of $3.2 million in debt for certain upgrades. If approved, the bonds would result in a property tax increase of $30 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure W2012 in the Santa Barbara Unified School District would impose a $54 annual per parcel tax for four years in order to reduce class sizes. If approved, it would constitute a tax hike of approximately $2.7 million. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure X2012 in the Santa Barbara Unified School District would levy an additional $54 per year parcel tax for four years. This is in addition to the proposed tax found in Measure W2012. It requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

Santa Clara County

Countywide measures

• ( +) Measure A on the countywide ballot would grant the County Board of Supervisors the authority to jointly operate county jails with other public entities such as the Sherriff’s Office or Department of Corrections. This authority could result in cost savings to taxpayers through efficiencies of joint administration.

Local measures

• ( +)Measure B in the City of San José would reform city pensions and yield significant taxpayer savings. It would increase employee contributions to the city pension plan, set up a voluntary reduced plan for current hires, establish pension cost and benefit limits for new employees, reform disability retirements, temporarily suspend retiree cost-ofliving adjustments during financial emergencies, and require voter approval for future benefit increases.

• ( - ) Measure C would authorize the West Valley Mission Community College District to issue $350 million in new debt for facility upgrades and campus improvements. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $16.25 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure E in the Milpitas Unified School District ballot would authorize the issuance of $95 million in new debt for upgrades to facilities. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure G in the Mountain View Whisman School District would authorize the issuance of $198 million in debt for asbestos abatement, building construction, and facility upgrades. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure H in the Cupertino Union School District would authorize $220 million in new debt for facility upgrades and construction of new sites. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

Santa Cruz County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure C would authorize the West Valley Mission Community College District to issue $350 million in new debt for facility upgrades and campus improvements. If approved, it would result in a property tax increase of $16.25 per $100,000 of assessed value. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure I in the Santa Cruz High School District would extend and raise the district’s parcel tax by $10 to $38 per year for eight years. Voters initially approved the tax in 2006 as a “temporary” measure designed to expire this year. The measure requires the support of twothirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure J would extend for eight years the parcel tax in the Santa Cruz Elementary School District. If approved, it would increase the tax by $15 to a total of $85 per parcel. The levy would exist alongside a previously approved special tax of $105 per year until 2017, creating an effective parcel tax of $190 per year. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure K in the Scotts Valley Unified School District would impose a new $48 per parcel per year special tax in the district for three years. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.


Siskiyou County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure N would levy a $25 per parcel special tax in the City of Dunsmuir to subsidize public library operations. The tax would be scheduled to expire in 2022. The measure requires the support of twothirds of voters for passage.

Solano County

Countywide measures

• Voters in Solano County will decide on renewing a 0.125 percent local option sales tax rate which currently funds local libraries. This levy is a 16-year extension of an existing tax and does not represent a net increase in current taxpayer burdens.

Sonoma County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure D in the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District would levy a new parcel tax of $89 per year for five years. This measure would require the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure E in the Healdsburg Unified School District would authorize the district to issue $35 million in debt for repairs and upgrades, including the installation of solar panels. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure F in the Guerneville School District would authorize $6 million in debt to modernize facilities. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure G in the Old Adobe Union School District would allow the district to issue $26 million in new bonded indebtedness to fund school facility improvements. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure H in the Sebastopol Union School District would authorize $9 million in debt to fund renovations and repairs of district buildings. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure I in the Wright School District authorizes $14 million in debt to make facility upgrades. The measure requires the support of 55 percent of voters for passage.

• ( - ) Measure J in the City of Sonoma would impose an additional 0.5 percent local option sales tax for five years. The city has declared a “fiscal emergency” following state action to ban the local practice of skimming redevelopment funds and loans to subsidize basic services.

Stanislaus County

Countywide Measures

• ( - ) Measure T on the countywide ballot would extend the existing 0.125 percent local option sales tax to subsidize county libraries for five years. This “temporary” tax was originally enacted in 1995. It has twice been extended in 1999 and 2004.

Tuolumne County

Countywide Measures

• ( - ) Measure C on the countywide ballot would extend Tuolumne County’s 10 percent hotel tax to cover RV parks, privately-owned campgrounds, and houseboats. If approved, it is expected to increase tax collections by $350,000.

Yolo County

Local measures

• ( - ) Measure D in the City of Davis would extend for six years the existing park maintenance tax at current rates. This tax was initially proposed as a “temporary” tax in 1998 and extended twice before in 2002 and 2006. The tax is currently set to expire on June 30th of this year. The measure requires the support of two-thirds of voters for passage.