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July 22, 2009

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OAKLAND, California: On July 21, voters in Oakland, California approved a package of four ballot measures, including Measure F, which imposes the first-in-the-nation city tax on marijuana sales.[1]

Oakland is experiencing a severe cash flow shortage. The city's leaders proposed the four successful ballot measures in the hopes that they will raise revenues to close the gap. Measure C raises the city's hotel tax from 11% to 14%. Measure F imposes a 1.8% tax on marijuana. Measure H allows the city to tax some real estate transfers that previously went untaxed. Measure D redirects about $3.7 million from youth programs to other city services that would otherwise, under the terms of last fall's Measure OO, go exclusively into funding youth programs.

List of measures

Ballotpedia News
Approveda City of Oakland Hotel Tax, Measure C (July 2009)

Approveda City of Oakland Kids First! Funding, Measure D (July 2009)
Approveda City of Oakland Marijuana Tax, Measure F (July 2009)
Approveda City of Oakland Transfer Tax Clarification, Measure H (July 2009)