California Proposition 185, Gas Tax Increase (1994)
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.
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
- Statement of vote, California November 8, 1994 statewide elections (dead link)
- Los Angeles Law Library, November 1994 ballot propositions
- November 8, 1994 Ballot Proposition Voter Guide