Santa Cruz County Sales Tax for Libraries, Measure R (June 2008)

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A Santa Cruz County Sales Tax for Libraries, Measure R ballot question was on the June 3, 2008 ballot in Santa Cruz County, California, where it was approved.[1]

Measure R extended an existing quarter-cent sales tax increase that voters approved by more than the required two-thirds majority in 1996. That tax was set to expire in 2013. Measure R made that quarter cent sales tax permanent.

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval. In California, local sales tax measures need a simple majority for approval if the revenue from the sales tax is not earmarked for a specific purpose and instead goes into the general fund for the local jurisdiction that imposes the tax. However, if the revenue is earmarked for a specific purpose, then a 2/3rds supermajority vote is required. In the case of Measure R, the revenue from Measure R goes to libraries, which is why a 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for its approval.

Election results

Measure R
Approveda Yes 31,344 72.58%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Cruz County elections office.


Pro-library tax supporters wanted the tax approved five years before it was set to expire in 2013 for planning purposes.[2]


Scotts Valley resident Bob Suhr argued against Measure R, saying that the tax should not be renewed five years before the existing tax expires.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure R: "To support and maintain local public libraries and library services through acquiring books, children’s educational materials, computers and technology; increase and improve children’s reading, adult literacy, senior and other educational programs; and upgrade local library facilities, shall Ordinance No. 1 of the Santa Cruz County Public Library Authority be amended to continue the existing ¼ cent sales tax for libraries with no increase?"[3]

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  1. Santa Cruz Sentinel, Vote Yes on Measure R Library Tax, April 25, 2008
  2. Mercury News, Library tax enjoys strong support, May 12, 2008
  3. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.