Cathedral City Sales Tax, Measure H (June 2010)

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A Cathedral City Sales Tax, Measure H ballot proposition was on the June 8, 2010 ballot for voters in Cathedral City in Riverside County, where it was approved.[1]

With the passage of Measure H, the sales tax in Cathedral City increased by a penny to 9.75% for five years. The extra tax was estimated to generate $3 million each year for the city.

Cathedral City's city council declared in February 2010 that the city was in a state of fiscal emergency. This means that the tax vote required only a simple majority of voters for approval, rather than the supermajority vote that would otherwise be needed to approve a tax increase. At the time that the city determined that it was experiencing a fiscal emergency, Mayor Kathy DeRosa said, "We are in unprecedented times. We have suffered unprecedented reductions in revenues and takeaways from Sacramento. It's time for our residents to hear that we are in a financial crisis.”[2]

Election results

Measure H
Approveda Yes 3,180 57.39%
These final, certified results are from the Riverside County elections office.

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

To offset the impact of severe state budget cuts on essential services; address Cathedral City's Fiscal Emergency; prevent drastic cuts to police officers, firefighters, paramedics and ambulance response, 9-1-1 emergency dispatch, safety equipment for police officers and firefighters, anti-gang/anti-drug programs; and preserve other general City services, shall Cathedral City adopt a one cent transactions (sales) and use tax, expiring in five years, requiring citizens' finance advisory committee review and annual financial audits?[3][4]

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