A City of Santa Fe Springs Oil Production Tax, Measure S
ballot question was on the November 5, 2013, election ballot
for voters in the city of Santa Fe Springs in Los Angeles County
, which is in California
. It was approved.
Measure S increased the amount of taxes charged per barrel of oil drilled in the City of Santa Fe Springs from $0.20 per barrel to a minimum of $0.41 and a maximum of $0.52 per barrel. The money was required to be spent locally in the city of Santa Fe Springs, funding the city's efforts to:
- Maintain rapid 9-1-1 response times
- Maintain the number of police officers proactively patrolling neighborhoods, parks/schools
- Keep adequate firefighter/paramedic staffing levels
- Maintain the City’s ability to respond quickly and effectively to natural disasters such as earthquakes
- Preserve youth after-school recreation, anti-gang and anti-drug prevention programs
- Continue health, nutrition, and transportation programs for local seniors
The funds from Measure S were designed to be subjected to annual audits from independent sources.
| Measure S|
| Yes|| 1,309|| 72.12%|
- These final, certified results are from the Los Angeles County elections office.
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|| Shall Ordinance No. 1044, which would increase the oil barrel tax charged to operators of oil wells in the City from $.20 per barrel to an amount ranging from a minimum of $.41 to a maximum of $.52 per barrel, be adopted?
Proponents argued that Sacramento has taken much of the funding that used to go to the City of Santa Fe Springs and that Measure S was a sure way to introduce more revenue for city services without raising taxes on city residents or local businesses. They pointed out that only companies extracting crude oil within the city limits would be subject to the tax increase. They also focused on the fact that the current tax rate for oil companies of 20 cents per barrel was one of the lowest rates in California and that it had not been raised for more than 20 years.
ElectionForum.com opposed Measure S and recommended a "NO" vote.