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City of Pacific Grove library parcel tax, Measure J (November 2009)

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A City of Pacific Grove library parcel tax, Measure J ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of Pacific Grove in Monterey County, California, where it was defeated.[1]

If Measure J had been approved, it would have imposed a $96 tax on each parcel in Pacific Grove and $75 for each unit of a multi-family residential building. Because there are approximately 6,000 taxable parcels in the district, it was expected that if Measure J had passed, it would have generated about $630,000 in new taxes every year for the library.[2]

The election results for Measure J were a rollercoaster. Several days after the election, supporters of Measure J held out hope that with 400 ballots remaining to be counted, a victory might emerge. However, when the final vote tally was released on Friday, November 13, it was confirmed that Measure J had narrowly lost.[3][4]

To pass, two-thirds of those voting had to vote in favor. Voters who wished to vote by mail had until October 27 to do so; otherwise, voters went to the polls on November 3.[5]

Election results

Measure J
Defeatedd No1,42134.04%
Yes 2,747 65.91%
These final, certified, results are from the Monterey County elections office.


  • The tax would have ended on June 30, 2021.[6]
  • The Pacific Grove City Council would have had the authority to increase the tax a maximum of 5% a year.[7]
  • Library supporters said that if the tax had passed, it would have enabled keeping the library open about 30 hours a week.[2]


A campaign committee to support Measure J was established on August 26. Susan Steele, a former member of the city's Library Advisory Board, was a leader on the campaign committee.[2]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.

Measure J: Shall the City of Pacific Grove Library Funding Measure be approved to enact an ordinance to create a Special Parcel Tax and limit that revenue to the sole purpose of maintaining and improving services at the Pacific Grove Public Library?

Path to the ballot

The Pacific Grove City Council unanimously voted to put Measure J on the November 3 ballot.[2]

See also

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