Paso Robles Sales Tax Increase, Measure E (November 2012)
Measure E increased the city portion of the sales tax paid in Paso Robles from 1% to 1.5%. This is in addition to the sales tax collected by the state. The tax increase will be in effect for 12 years. It is anticipated that this will result in $2.9 million in additional city sales tax revenue per year.
Because it is for a "general use" tax, a simple majority was needed for approval. If the proceeds of the tax had been earmarked for a specific use, it would have taken a 2/3rds supermajority vote to be approved. The Paso Robles City Council placed a second measure, Measure F on the November 6, 2012 ballot that "guid[es] future councils to use the money on roads."
- Final official results from the San Luis Obispo County elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure E: "To provide funding that cannot be seized by the State, but will stay in Paso Robles for such things as street repair, maintenance, and improvement, and other vital city needs, shall the City of Paso Robles enact a temporary one half of one percent sales tax which will expire in 12 years?"|
Path to the ballot
Measure E was referred to the ballot by a 3-2 vote of the Paso Robles City Council. The two dissenting votes on the city council against referring the measure to the ballot were Duane Picanco (mayor) and Ed Steinbeck. They wanted the city council to refer a different sales tax increase measure to the ballot; one that would have required a 2/3rds supermajority vote and where the uses to which the money would be put would be specified in the ballot question.