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City of Oxnard Sales Tax Increase, Measure O (November 2008)

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A City of Oxnard Sales Tax Increase, Measure O ballot question was on the November 4, 2008 ballot for voters in the City of Oxnard in Ventura County, where it was approved.

Measure O increased the sales tax in Oxnard by 1/2 cents for twenty years. This moved the city's sales tax from 7.25 percent to 7.75 percent, making it the highest in the county.

The Measure O tax is expected to generate $200 million in revenues for the city over its 20-year lifespan. According to a website maintained by the City of Oxnard about Measure O, revenues from the tax are used "to provide enhanced levels of vital city service including police, fire and emergency response, increasing street paving and sidewalk / pothole repair to improve traffic flow, expanding youth recreation, after – school and anti-gang prevention programs, acquiring property for parks/open space preservation, upgrading storm water drains, improving senior services, increasing building code compliance and other general City services."

Election results

Measure O
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 29,162 65.1%
No15,63634.9%
These election results are from the Ventura County elections office.

City council split

City treasurer candidate Martin Jones was against Measure O.

  • "I am not opposed to golfers or police and fire. But I am opposed to unnecessary taxes, and this is one. We have to be careful with the taxpayers' money in this time of economic stress."
  • Jones said he feared part of the new tax money would be used to build the proposed Big League Dreams baseball complex.

Supporters of Measure O included city council candidates Deirdre Frank, Bryan MacDonald, Saul Medina and Irene Pinkard.

Opponents of Measure O include city council candidates Enrique Petris, Carmen Ramirez and Larry Stein. Mayoral candidate Councilman Tim Flynn was against Measure O.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure O: "To protect, maintain, and enhance vital services including police, fire, emergency response, increasing street paving/pothole repair to improve traffic flow, expanding youth recreation, after school and anti-gang prevention programs, acquiring property for parks/open space preservation, upgrading stormwater drains, improving senior services, increasing code compliance, and other general services – shall the sales tax be increased by one half cent for twenty years only, with citizen oversight and independent financial audits?"[1]

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