City of Sacramento Sales Tax Increase, Measure U (November 2012)
Measure U levied a one-half cent sales tax on the sale of goods and services in the City of Sacramento for six (6) years. It is expected that this will generate $28 million a year in new tax revenues.
- Final official results from the Sacramento County elections office.
Measure U was supported by:
Funding for support campaign
According to the FPPC disclosure forms filed with the City of Sacramento, Sacramento Police and Firefighter Unions provided the vast majority of money for the Yes on U campaign.
|10/25/12||Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Issue PAC||$10,000|
|10/24/12||Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 447 Commercial Account||$15,000|
|10/12/12||David S Taylor||$3,000|
|10/10/12||Operating Engineers Union Local 3||$1,000|
|10/8/12||Issues Mobilization PAC (IMPAC)||$10,000|
|10/6/12||Taylor & Wiley Law Firm||$1,000|
|9/28/12||Sacramento Area Fire Fighters Issue PAC||$15,000|
|9/20/12||Sacramento Police Officers Association||$15,000|
The Issues Mobilization PAC (IMPAC) is an entity of the California Association of Realtors. The fund has more than $8 million on hand and contributes to ballot measures throughout California. The law firm of Taylor & Wiley specializes in land use, environmental and regulatory matters including hazardous materials, wetlands and endangered species.
The Bee has reported on the Plumbers Union leader Harry Rotz. "Under Rotz's watch, the plumbers union has donated more than $800,000 to local campaigns in the past four years, records show. According to (Sandy) Sheedy, 'Harry and his family have always been among the most influential people at City Hall.' Rotz, who never speaks with the media and declined a request to comment for this article, regularly made his presence known during City Hall campaigns with independent expenditure mailings supporting pro-labor candidates and causes."
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson was said to oppose Measure M but "forgot" to submit his ballot argument in time to have it included in the ballot statement. A local group Eye on Sacramento filed a lawsuit when Johnson failed to file his "No" argument, seeking time to have another group submit an augment.
Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled against the group in August - ensuring voters would not see a ballot statement in opposition to the measure.
Steve Maviglio, press spokesperson for Mayor Brown wrote recently that the tax is "a regressive sales tax. That means that poor and middle-income families will pay the same rate as Sacramento’s wealthiest citizens, essentially subsidizing the rich for services that we all receive."
Funding for opposition campaign
Opponents raised $1,960 from individual donors. The largest single donor was Craig Powell who contributed $1,250.
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE U: “To restore and protect essential public safety services, including 9-1-1 response,police officers, gang/youth violence prevention, fire protection/emergency medical response, and other essential services including park maintenance, youth/senior services, and libraries, shall the City enact a one-half cent sales tax for six years with all revenue legally required to stay in the City’s General Fund, none for the State, with independent annual financial audits and citizen oversight?”|
- Sacramento Bee, "Local ballots contain measures to raise taxes", July 23, 2012
- Sacramento Bee, "Mayor Johnson fails to write argument against tax measure", August 9, 2012
- City of Sacramento Campaign Reports Measure U - Essential Services Protection Measure
- Secretary of State
- Taylor & Wiley website
- Sacramento Bee, Jan. 24, 2012
- Petition for Writ of Mandate
- Sacramento Bee "Group files lawsuit over Sacramento sales tax measure" August 17, 2012
- Sacramento Press "Court rules on tax measure," August 20, 2012
- Sacramento Press "The Progressive Case for Voting No on Sacramento Measure U," October 13, 2012