City of Cupertino Utility Users Tax, Measure B (November 2009)

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A Cupertino Utility Users Tax, Measure B ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of Cupertino in Santa Clara County, California, where it was approved.[1]

Measure B extended the City of Cupertino's existing utility tax, which was first imposed in 1990, to an additional range of services, including cell phone usage. The tax rate itself, however, stayed the same under Measure B. At the time of the vote on Measure B, the pre-existing utility tax was raising about $1 million each year for the city. Measure B was expected to bring in an additional $600,000 in taxes to the city.[1]

142 California cities have a utility users tax. In 2002, voters in Cupertino agreed to have the tax sunset in 2030 instead of in 2015.[1]

Election results

Measure B
Approveda Yes 7,978 75.97%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Clara County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure B: "Without increasing the tax rate, shall an ordinance be adopted to update Cupertino’s existing telephone utility users tax, to fund general city services, including neighborhood police patrols, library services, city streets, parks and open spaces, senior programs, and school crossing guards, while maintaining senior citizens’ tax exemptions, retaining local control of revenues, requiring annual audits and public expenditure reviews, by amending language for consistency with current practice?"[2]

See also

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Mercury News, "Cupertino asking voters to approve cell phone tax or risk losing $600K," August 10, 2009
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.