Voters in California again showed on Tuesday that, while they may be skeptical of taxes at the state and federal levels, they continue to be supportive of raising taxes at the local level if they see a need in their communities.
Municipal finance expert Michael Coleman stays up all night to track these things every Election Day and provides his full report on the preliminary outcomes.
Perhaps the most significant measure, a 3/4 cent sales tax measure in beleaguered Stockton, received 54 percent of the vote in a measure designed to help the city work its way out of bankruptcy. In all, 10 cities asked voters to approve sales tax add-ons of from 1/4 cent to 1 cent. Nine of those measures passed, with only the full 1 cent proposal in Modesto going down, with 49 percent of the vote.
Other developments of note: The pass rate was 100 percent in five cities that asked voters to approve increases in business license taxes, in most costs for specific businesses such as marijuana dispensaries (Palm Springs), cardrooms (Marina), and liquid storage (San Mateo).
School parcel taxes, which require a two-thirds majority, also were approved in each of the five school districts which sought them.