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City of Orinda Sales Tax Increase, Measure L (November 2012)

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A City of Orinda Sales Tax Increase, Measure L ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the City of Orinda in Contra Costa County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure L added a half-a-cent sales tax on the purchase of goods and services in the city. The funds will be used to pay for road maintenance and repair.[1]

Although Orinda is a relatively wealthy community, it received an assessment on its roads of "poor" from a recent Pavement Condition Index produced by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

On November 7, 2006, the city's voters rejected a $59.1 million bond measure that would have raised money to "repair damaged roads; fix potholes; improve driver and pedestrian safety; improve children's safety near schools; replace fire hydrants and pipes, ensuring adequate water flow for firefighting; and repair collapsing storm drains to prevent flooding."[2]

Election results

Measure L
Approveda Yes 7,569 69.57%
Final official results from the Contra Costa County elections office.


Steve Glazer, the mayor of Orinda, said, "When the Orinda and the governor’s tax measures pass, the sales tax will still be below where it was just a few years ago."[1]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

Measure L: "To help protect and maintain city services, including repairing failing roads, fixing potholes, improving traffic safety on local streets, fixing drains, and providing for other city services, shall the City of Orinda enact a one-half cent sales tax, for 10 years, with financial audits, public review of all expenditures, and a citizens’ oversight commission?"[3]

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Los Angeles Times, "Jerry Brown aide pushing separate tax measure for November," July 30, 2012
  2. Smart Voter, "Measure Q"
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

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