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City of Oakdale Sales Tax Increase, Measure O (November 2011)
The approval of Measure O means that a one-half cent sales tax will be levied on the purchase of goods and services within the City of Oakdale for three years. The tax will begin on April 1, 2012 and end on March 31, 2015.
Revenues raised from the new tax will go into the city's general fund and can be used for any general municipal purpose.
The official voter guide arguments in favor of Measure O were signed by:
- Pat Paul, Mayor, City of Oakdale
- Mike Brennan, Council Member, City of Oakdale
- Jason Howard, Council Member, City of Oakdale
- Kathy Morgan, Council Member, City of Oakdale
They argued, in part:
- "The quality of life in Oakdale simply can't be found elsewhere in the Central Valley. Our unique family friendly atmosphere, coupled with our can-do, self reliant spirit make the choice to live in Oakdale an easy one. However, over the past six years, these qualities have been slowly slipping away."
- "Since the economic downturn, and then the ensuing state raids of local funds, Oakdale has been forced to cut spending by $2.5 million. These cuts have consisted mostly of reduction in workforce, with a 29% reduction in the police department, a 24% reduction in the fi re department, and a 43% reduction in the community development, parks, and recreation departments. Doing so has effectively left our community and our homes less protected, as well as limiting our ability to maintain our infrastructure."
Path to the ballot
Measure O was placed on the ballot through a vote of the Oakdale City Council.
- Website of the City of Oakdale
- Full text of Measure O
- Official Voter Guide for the Stanislaus County November 8, 2011 local ballot measures
- List of Stanislaus County November 8, 2011 local ballot measures
- "Yes on O for Oakdale" website