A City of San Rafael sales tax, Measure E
ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot
for voters in the city of San Rafael in Marin County
, which is in California
It was approved.
Measure E renewed a 0.5% sales tax approved in Measure S by voters in 2005. Measure E also authorized a 0.25% tax increase or 25 cents per $100 purchase or $2.50 on a $1,000 purchase. The resulting total sales tax rate for city residents became 9.25%. The rate in many other cities such as San Anselmo, Corte Madera, and Larkspur became 9% as their respective tax measures were also approved.
| Measure D|
| Yes|| 7,760|| 65.30%|
- These final, certified results are from the Marin County elections office.
San Rafael voters approved a Measure S tax increase of 0.5% in 2005, which produced about $7 million per year to the city's general fund, about 12% of the annual budget. This tax is set to expire.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|| Shall the City of San Rafael extend the existing one-half percent local sales tax and increase
the rate by one-quarter percent to provide funding that cannot be taken by the State, and can be
used to preserve essential city services for a period of 20 years, including: maintaining rapid
emergency police/fire response times, maintaining adequate numbers of on-duty
firefighters/paramedics/police, ensuring earthquake safe police/fire stations, maintaining
community centers and repairing city streets?
- Yes on E for a Safer San Rafael
Arguments in favor
If Measure E did not pass, the City would likely have been forced to make cuts to important services including police, fire and other emergency services programs.