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City of Woodland Sales Tax Continuation, Measure J (June 2014)

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A City of Woodland Sales Tax Continuation, Measure J ballot question was on the June 3, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of Woodland in Yolo County, California, where it was decisively approved.

Measure J authorized the city of Woodland to renew a sales tax increase of 1/4 percent for eight years.[1]

Rather than requesting a tax for specific purposes, the Woodland City Council decided to put Measure J on the ballot as a general tax measure, which meant the revenue it generated was designed to go into the general city fund, and, consequently, the measure only required a simply majority for approval, instead of the 2/3rds supermajority vote required for a special tax. The city council also put four advisory questions on the ballot asking for voter approval of certain proposed uses of the additional revenue. The measures asked if the new revenue should be divided in the following way:[1]

  • 60 percent to youth and teen programs and facilities
  • 20 percent to the library to fund educational programs
  • 15 percent to crime prevention services
  • 5 percent to support water and sewer rate reductions for low-income residents

This method, in which a city puts a simple-majority, general tax measure on the ballot along with advisory questions directing the expenditure of the tax revenue, was also used in the June 3, 2014 primary by the city of Anderson in Shasta County.

Election results

Measure J
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 5,450 68.6%
No2,50031.4%
Election results from Yolo County Elections Office

Text of measure

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:[1]

Shall Ordinance No. 1558 which would authorize the City of Woodland to continue to collect a one-quarter cent sales tax for general city services, for a period of eight years, and would not increase taxes, be adopted?[2]

Similar measures

Approveda Measure A: City of Anderson Sales Tax
Approveda Measure B: City of Anderson Sales Tax Spending Advisory Question

Related measures

Approveda Measure J: City of Woodland Sales Tax Continuation
Approveda Measure K: City of Woodland Youth Programs Expenditure of Sales Tax Advisory Question
Approveda Measure L: City of Woodland Youth Programs Expenditure of Sales Tax Advisory Question
Approveda Measure M: City of Woodland Youth Programs Expenditure of Sales Tax Advisory Question
Approveda Measure N: City of Woodland Youth Programs Expenditure of Sales Tax Advisory Question

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Yolo Elections Website, "June 3, 2014 ballot questions," archived June 13, 2014
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.