City of Santa Maria Sales Tax, Measure U (June 2012)

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A City of Santa Maria Sales Tax, Measure U ballot question was on the June 5, 2012 ballot for voters in the City of Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure U will impose a quarter-percent sales tax on the sale of goods and some services within city limits. The tax will last for 9 years.

The city recently built two new fire stations with federal stimulus money. Unfortunately, however, it does not have the funds that would be required to operate the new fire stations. The money from Measure U will allow the city to hire people to staff the new fire stations.

A simple majority vote was required to pass Measure U.

Election results

Measure U
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 6,678 63.95%
No3,76436.05%
These final election results are from the Santa Barbara County elections office.

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

MEASURE U: "To offset state budget cuts and maintain/restore essential services, such as: neighborhood police patrols/firefighter staffing; at-risk youth programs, gang/drug suppression/enforcement; improving 9-1-1 emergency medical response times; preventing floods through levee repair; and other vital city services, shall the City of Santa Maria enact a ¼-cent sales tax that can’t be taken by the State, expiring in nine years, requiring taxpayer oversight, annual independent audits, with all funds used locally in Santa Maria?"

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