City of Hercules utility tax, Measure A (June 2013)

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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.[1]

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.[2]

On February 12, the Hercules city council voted to declare a fiscal emergency, allowing this Measure A tax increase to pass with simple majority.[3]

This measure was voted on a year after the overwhelmingly approved Measure O, which raised the city sales tax in 2012.[3]

Election results

Measure A
Approveda 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?[2][4]

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  1. Two California cities' finances hinge on ballot questions (dead link)
  2. 2.0 2.1 Contra Costa voter's pamphlet
  3. 3.0 3.1 City to declare a state of fiscal emergency on Feb. 12
  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.