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California Proposition 51, Vehicle Taxes Allocated to Transportation Projects (2002)

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California Proposition 51, or the Distribution of Existing Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax Act, was on the November 5, 2002 statewide ballot in California as an initiated state statute, where it was defeated.

If it had passed, it would have allocated 30% of the sales tax revenue from the lease and sale of new and used motor vehicles that went to General Fund supported programs to specific transportation projects.

Election results

Proposition 51
Defeatedd No3,947,21757.8%
Yes 2,883,234 42.2%

Text of measure


The ballot title was:

Transportation. Distribution of Existing Motor Vehicle Sales and Use Tax. Initiative Statute.


Proposition 51 asked the question:

"Should the sales and use taxes raised from the sale or lease of motor vehicles be permanently allocated to specific transportation projects?"


The ballot summary said:

"Reallocates 30% of certain state revenues collected on motor vehicle sales or leases from the General Fund to the Traffic congestion Relief and Safe School Bus Trust Fund. Allocates money for transportation programs including: highway expansion, specific freeway interchange improvements, mass transit improvements, purchasing buses, and expanding light and commuter rail. Provides funds for environmental enhancement, transportation impact mitigation programs, and transportation safety programs. Allocates money to 45 specific projects and for remainder specifies distribution percentages, restricts fund uses, and provides accountability measures."

Fiscal impact

See also: Fiscal impact statement

The fiscal estimate provided by the California Legislative Analyst's Office said:

"About $460 million in 2002-03 and $950 million in 2003-04, increasing annually thereafter, for state and local transportation-related purposes."

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