City of Clovis Sales Tax Increase, Measure A (March 2009)
If it had been approved, Measure A would have added a penny tax on every $1 in taxable purchases made within the city's limits, increasing the overall sales tax rate in the city to 8.975%. It was expected to generate $15 million a year in added revenues to the city. After 10 years, the tax would have dropped by a quarter of a cent.
Majority approval was needed to pass the tax.
The Clovis City Council voted 4-1 in December 2008 to place Measure A on the March 3 ballot.
- These final election results are from the Fresno County election office.
- Clovis Citizens for Yes on A, which received donations of $5,000 each from the local police and fire unions.
- Pat Cummings, owner of a 7-Eleven store in Clovis, who said, "I am very conservative; you can even consider me anti-tax" but who believed the tax was needed.
- Clovis City Council Member Harry Armstrong, who donated $15,000 to support the tax.
Opponents of Measure A included:
- Clovis Mayor Bob Whalen
- Clovis City Council candidate Doug Foster.
- The Clovis Chamber of Commerce.
- Don Watnick of Sir Speedy Printing.
- The Fresno County Peace and Freedom Party was opposed to Measure A and urged a "no" vote. The basis for their opposition was the "long-standing position in opposition to any sales tax because these are regressive taxes. Regressive taxes are those which hurt poor people more than they do the rich."
- The Fresno Bee editorial board, which wrote, "In better times, this tax might make more sense. But for now, it's too much to ask of taxpayers."
The question on the ballot:
|Measure A: "To restore, maintain and improve essential city services and preserve the safety and character of Clovis, prioritizing police services, fire protection; street/pothole repairs; senior services, parks, youth anti-gang/drug prevention and recreation programs; expanded neighborhood patrols; graffiti removal, and other general city services/facilities, shall the city sales tax be increased by one cent for ten years, then reduced to three-quarters cent with independent citizen's oversight, annual audits, and all funds under local control?"|
- "Fresno County - Election Summary Report", March 3, 2009
- Fresno Bee, "Clovis split over sales-tax increase proposal", January 8, 2009
- Fresno Bee, "Clovis split over sales tax increase", January 8, 2009
- Fresno Bee, "Approval ratings high in Clovis", December 28, 2009
- Fresno Beehive, "Clovis tax issue raising money on both sides", January 23, 2009
- Chamber Board opposes Measure A tax increase
- Vote "No" on Clovis Measure A
- Fresno Bee, "Clovis residents should vote 'no' on Measure A sales-tax increase", February 18, 2009