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Fresno County Services Performed by Independent Contractors, Measure O (November 2012)

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A Fresno County Services Performed by Independent Contractors, Measure O ballot question was on the November 6, 2012 ballot for voters in Fresno County, where it was narrowly defeated.[1]

If Measure O had been approved, it would have allowed Fresno County to employ independent contractors for services performed by County employees by majority vote of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors. There are five members on the Fresno County Board of Supervisors; it takes a vote of four of them to allow the county to hire independent contractors. Measure O would have lowered the number of required votes from four to three.

Election results

Measure O
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No120,09050.99%
Yes 115,411 49.01%
These final, certified, results are from the Fresno County elections office.

Support

Debbie Poochigan, a member of the Fresno County Board of Supervisors, was the author of Measure O.[1]

After its defeat, she said, "I don't think we're closing the book on this at all. We wouldn't be doing our job if we didn't look at every opportunity to save the taxpayers money."[1]

Opposition

The Fresno County chapter of SEIU opposed Measure O. Laura Basua, president of the chapter, said, "The measure would have taken away good-paying jobs from Fresno County and hurt our economy."[1]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE O: "Shall Fresno County Charter, Section 13, be amended to allow the County to employ independent contractors for services performed by County employees by majority vote of the Board of Supervisors and to read: SECTION 13: Notwithstanding Section 44 of this Charter or other provisions of law, the County may employ independent contractors to perform any County service, including service then being performed by County employees, with three affirmative votes of the Board of Supervisors?"[2]

See also

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Fresno Bee, "Election: Fresno County privatization measure fails," December 4, 2012
  2. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.