City of Cotati Sales Tax Increase, Measure A (April 2010)
Measure A asked voters to hike their city sales tax by half-a-cent. The tax will end in 2015, unless voters approve an extension. The tax applies to all transactions within city limits except groceries and prescriptions.
The higher sales tax generated by Measure A was expected to bring in between $600,000 and $900,000 in annual revenue for the cash-strapped city. It was placed on the ballot as the Cotati City Council declared in a 5-0 vote that Cotati is in a financial emergency. A unanimous declaration of a fiscal emergency is required to call a special election to increase city taxes. The city's report says that the fiscal situation it faces is such that "All basic quality-of-life services, including recreation, neighborhood services, community events, and similar public services commonly associated with municipal government will be eliminated" unless voters approve the tax.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Sonoma County elections office.
- At the time of the election, the city said it faced "a combined operating and structural budget deficit of more than $750,000."
- The city also maintained that it had cut spending on salaries and programs by 33% since 2006.
- The Sonoma County Taxpayers' Association.
- George Barich. When Barich was on the city council, he voted against declaring a fiscal emergency. He continues to oppose the tax hike. Since a unanimous vote of the city council is required to declare a fiscal emergency, if Barich was still on the city council, this tax hike measure would not be going on a special election ballot. Barich predicts that the sales tax hike measure will lose.
Cost of election
The cost of administering the special election was about $20,000.