A City of Coachella Utility Users Tax, Measure I
ballot proposition was on the June 8, 2010 ballot
for voters in the City of Coachella in Riverside County
, where it was approved.
Voters were asked to approve a 5% tax on a variety of utilities, including telecommunications, electricity, gas, water, sewer and garbage. The tax was expected to generate about $1.1 million/year for the City of Coachella.
Coachella voters rejected Measure M on November 3, 2009 with 54% voting against it. Measure M was the city's first attempt to get voters to impose a utility tax. Measure M would have taxed cable. Time Warner Cable fought against Measure M. Measure I does not include a tax on cable.
| Measure I|
| Yes|| 733|| 58.50%|
- These final, certified results are from the Riverside County elections office.
Carmen Manriquez, spokeswoman for Citizens for a Safer Coachella, said, "It's important for this measure to pass or else the city will have to lay off police and fire and others."
Text of measure
The question on the ballot:
|| To preserve/maintain essential Coachella services such as police officers, firefighters; 911 response times; crime, gang and drug prevention programs; fixing potholes and streets; removing graffiti; sweeping streets; maintaining parks, soccer and sports fields; funding youth and senior services; and preserving other City services, shall Coachella establish a 5% utility users tax, exempting low-income seniors, with independent citizens oversight and annual financial audits, with all funds solely for Coachella?