Stanislaus County Sales Tax for Transportation, Measure S (November 2008)
If Measure S had been approved, it would have imposed a 1/2 of 1% sales tax in the county for twenty years, with the revenue going toward transportation projects.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval. In California, when the revenue from a proposed local sales tax measure will be earmarked for a specific purpose, it requires a 2/3rds supermajority vote to pass. If, however, the proposed sales tax is not earmarked for any particular purpose but will instead go into the general fund of the local unit of government that will received the sales tax revenue, a simple majority is required for approval.
Voters in the county rejected a somewhat similar measure, Measure K, in 2006. Measure S, if it had been approved, would have lasted for twenty years, whereas Measure K proposed a thirty-year tax.
- These final, certified, election results are from the Stanislaus County elections office.
The question on the ballot:
|Measure S: "This Ordinance provides for the imposition of a one-half of one percent retail transactions and use tax by the Stanislaus County Transportation Authority for local transportation purposes for a period of 20 years."|
- Text of Measure S (scroll to page 26)
- Vote Yes on S website of supporters.
- Measure S is critically needed, opinion column in the Modesto Bee.
- Measure S says "yes" to builders