City of Lompoc Sales Tax, Measure T (February 2008)

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A City of Lompoc Sales Tax, Measure T ballot question was on the February 5, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Lompoc in Santa Barbara County, where it was defeated.

If Measure T had been approved, it would have imposed a one-half cent sales tax, with the funds going to "increase the number of on-duty firefighters and police officers on patrol, to target gang violence and illegal drugs, retain experienced police and firefighters, improve 911 response times, purchase equipment and improve public safety facilities."

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.)

Election results

Measure T
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No3,67744.55%
Yes 4,576 55.45%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Barbara County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE T: "To increase the number of on-duty firefighters and police officers on patrol, to target gang violence and illegal drugs, retain experienced police and firefighters, improve 911 response times, purchase equipment and improve public safety facilities while maintaining while maintaining general fund expenditures for Police and Fire, shall the City enact a one-half cent sales tax, dedicated to improve public safety in Lompoc, with annual audits and citizen oversight?"[1]

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