A City of Hercules utility tax, Measure A
ballot question was on the June 4, 2013
ballot for voters in the City of Hercules in Contra Costa County
, where it was approved
Measure A sought to increase the utility users tax by 2% from 6% to 8% for five years, providing an estimated $1 million additional general fund revenue per year.
On February 12, the Hercules city council voted to declare a fiscal emergency, allowing this Measure A tax increase to pass with simple majority.
This measure was voted on a year after the overwhelmingly approved Measure O, which raised the city sales tax in 2012.
| Measure A|
| Yes|| 2,248|| 70.96%|
- These results are from the Contra Costa County elections office.
An argument in favor of this measure was filed by the following Measure A supporters:
- Hercules Police Officers Association, Earnest Taylor, President
- Kathy Melas, Neighborhood Crime Watch Leader
- D Jay Tucker, Community Leader and 34-years Hercules taxpayer
- Cip Ayalin, retiree and 34 years Hercules taxpayer
- Betty Fong, DDS, Hercules business owner (North Shore Dental)
According to the argument for Measure A filed in the voter's pamphlet, this tax was necessary to maintain a police force and necessary city services in Hercules.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|| City of Hercules Fiscal Accountability/Services Protection Measure. To restore Hercules to financial stability, enhance fiscal accountability, continue to maintain our own local Police Department, and prevent drastic cuts to neighborhood police officers, youth/senior programs, and other services, shall Hercules modernize its utility users tax with equal treatment of taxpayers regardless of technology, increase the rate by 2% for 5 years, maintain current low-income exemptions, with citizens’ oversight, independent audits, and local control of revenues?