California Proposition 185, Gas Tax Increase (1994)

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California Proposition 185 was on the November 8, 1994 general election ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was overwhelmingly defeated.

Proposition 185 would have imposed an additional 4% tax on retail sales of gasoline.

Election results

Proposition 185
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No6,561,50580.5%
Yes 1,586,242 19.5%

Text of measure

The ballot title was:

Public Transportation Trust Funds. Gasoline Sales Tax.

The ballot summary was:

  • This measure imposes an additional 4% tax on retail sales of gasoline.
  • Proceeds will be deposited into transit and highway trust funds.
  • Revenue to be spent on electric rail and clean fuel buses, light rail, commuter and intercity rail systems, transit for elderly and disabled persons, bicycle projects, crime reduction on transit systems, and other transportation programs.
  • Limits overhead on state construction projects and transportation operations funded from revenue.
  • Provides for acquisition of agricultural land conservation easements, wetlands, riparian habitat and land for parks as offsets to transportation impacts.

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

  • Increases gasoline sales tax revenues by about $630 million

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