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City of Arcata Sales Tax, Measure G (November 2008)

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A City of Arcata Sales Tax Increase, Measure G ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Arcata in Humboldt County, California, where it was approved.[1][2]

Measure G increased the city’s sales tax by a half-cent, with a half percent dedicated toward transportation enhancement, rehabilitation and improvements and a quarter percent designated for public safety.

Election results

Measure G
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 5,684 63.52%
No3,26436.48%
These final, certified, election results are from the Humboldt County elections office.

Analysis

When a city ballot measure is set to appear on the ballot, the city attorney is required to provide an impartial analysis of the measure. This is the analysis provided by Arcata's city attorney, Nancy Diamond, to communicate the gist of Measure G to the city's voters. This analysis was printed in the official voter guide for the November 4, 2008 election.

Measure G: "If approved by a majority of the voters, Measure G would authorize an additional three-quarter percent (¾ %) transactions and use sales tax to be levied within the City of Arcata. This tax would be a general purpose tax, and all revenue raised from the tax would go into the City's general fund to be used for any municipal governmental purpose. Municipal governmental purposes include public works and police protection services identified in the ballot measure, and may include other governmental functions and services. The Measure would not bind the City to use the tax revenue for any particular services, facilities, or programs.

The ¾ % sales tax would be levied in addition to the current sales tax and would be collected at the same time and in the same manner as the existing sales tax. Currently the sales tax in Arcata (including State and local taxes) is 7¼%. If this Measure is approved, the sales tax in the City of Arcata would be 8%. The increased tax is estimated to generate approximately $1,500,000 per year.

Measure G contains fiscal accountability provisions, which include the creation by the City Council of a citizens' oversight committee to annually review the City's expenditure of revenues generated by the tax. The composition of the oversight committee and its specific duties would be established by the City Council.

If approved by a majority of the voters at the November 4, 2008 election, the ¾% sales tax would become operative on April 1, 2009 and would terminate 20 years after its approval.

THE ABOVE STATEMENT IS AN IMPARTIAL ANALYSIS OF MEASURE G. IF YOU DESIRE A COPY OF THE ORDINANCE IMPOSING A SALES AND USE TAX TO BE ADMINISTERED BY THE STATE BOARD OF EQUALIZATION, PLEASE CALL THE CITY CLERK'S OFFICE AT 822-5953 AND A COPY WILL BE PROVIDED TO YOU AT NO COST, OR YOU MAY VIEW THE ORDINANCE (No. 1379) AT THE CITY'S WEB SITE: http://www.cityofarcata.org.

A YES vote approves the measure.

A NO vote rejects the measure.

See also

References

  1. Council to consider Arcata Youth Protection Act, sales tax measure, July 1, 2008
  2. 3/4¢ sales tax more passable, less specific