Berkeley Pools parcel tax, Measure O (November 2012)

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A City of Berkeley Pools parcel tax, Measure O was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in the City of Berkeley in Alameda County, where it was defeated.[1][2]

If voters had approved Measure O, a parcel tax would have been imposed on real estate within the city. The amount of the tax varied depending on the number of square feet. Altogether, the tax would have raised about $604,000 each year for the City. The money, if the tax had been approved, was only to be used to support the operation and maintenance of a new Warm Water Pool and a new Willard Pool.

The fate of the pools parcel tax was tied to the fate of a different measure on the same November 6, 2012, ballot: the Berkeley Pools Measure N bond proposition. If one won, and the other lost, they are both moot.

Square feet Annual tax
1,200 $9.35
1,500 $11.69
1,900 $14.80
3,000 $23.37
10,000 $77.90

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Election results

Measure O
Defeatedd No20,12940.00%
Yes 30,191 60.00%
Final certified results from the Alameda County elections office.


  • Rob Collier, Ed Gold and Maggie Knutson are the co-chairs of the "Berkeley Pools Campaign," which is the main campaign committee advocating for the measure.[3]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE O: "Shall a special tax of $0.00779 per square foot of improvements on land in Berkeley be authorized to fund maintenance and operation of the replacement Warm Water and Willard Pools, if a bond measure funding construction of those pools is adopted?"[4]

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