Repeal of the Huntington Beach Retirement Fund Property Tax Levy, Measure Z (November 2012)

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A Huntington Beach Levy of Property Tax for Municipal Purposes, Measure Z ballot question was on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in Huntington Beach in Orange County, where it was narrowly defeated.

If Measure Z had been approved, a property tax that is specifically levied to produce revenue for the retirement fund of city workers would have been repealed.

Election results

Measure Z
Defeatedd No38,70750.5%
Yes 37,884 49.5%
Final official results from the Orange County elections office.


"Yes on Measure Z" campaign logo


The arguments in favor of Measure Z submitted for the official voter guide were signed by:

  • Frank Morrell, a resident and taxpayer of Huntington Beach
  • Don Hansen, Mayor, City of Huntington Beach
  • Reed Royalty, President Emeritus, Orange County Taxpayers Association
  • Allan Mansoor, Former Orange County Deputy Sheriff and California State Assemblyman

Arguments in favor

In their arguments submitted to the official voter guide, measure Z supporters said:

  • "We are the only Orange County city that requires property owners to pay an extra tax to subsidize some City Hall employees’ retirements."
  • "For years, every property owner has been paying an extra property tax to cover the cost of some City Hall employees’ retirements. Go look at your tax bill, it is right there in black and white: 'Huntington Beach City Employee Retirement.'"
  • "Since 2002, the City Council has raised this tax five times, raising it by 115%."
  • "Other Orange County cities make their employees pay their own fair share of their retirement."
  • "We are the only city that forces taxpayers to pay extra, so that City Hall employees don’t have to."
  • "That’s what Measure Z is all about. Partnering with Mayor Don Hansen, we set out to stand up for Huntington Beach taxpayers and eliminate this tax. Our taxes should be used to pay for more policemen and more firefighters. We should prioritize keeping our city beautiful by cleaning and protecting our coastal shores and wetlands. But instead, we taxpayers are being forced to have our taxes used to subsidize the retirements for City Hall employees. That’s just wrong."


"No on Measure Z" campaign logo


The arguments against Measure Z submitted for the official voter guide were signed by:

  • Connie Boardman, Councilwoman, City of Huntington Beach
  • Keith Bohr, Councilman, City of Huntington Beach
  • Joe Shaw, Councilman, City of Huntington Beach
  • Ralph Bauer, Former Mayor
  • Gil Coerper, Former Mayor
  • Debbie Cook, Former Mayor
  • Shirley Dettloff, Former Mayor
  • Jill Hardy, Former Mayor

Arguments against

In their arguments submitted to the official voter guide, opponents said:

  • "For over a century the people of Huntington Beach have advanced and safeguarded our great community. We have 10 miles of public beaches, hundreds of acres of parks, miles of bicycle/walking trails, world class wetlands, libraries, sports complexes, senior center, nature center, community garden, and museums. These treasures are not free. They are financially supported by the General Fund. Measure Z jeopardizes what five generations have fought so hard to create and protect."
  • "If this measure passes the city will lose $4.2 million a year forever. To make up for this huge loss:
  • Less revenue will be available to keep our City beautiful, not more.
  • Less will be available to protect our coast and wetlands, not more.
  • Less will be available to hire additional Police and Firefighters, not more."
  • "The city council has not raised this source of revenue since 2009. In July, council approved introduction of Ordinance 3954 capping the rate 'AS IS.' If reconsidered and approved, Council cannot ever raise the rate again."
  • "Measure Z does not end the city’s obligations. It forces cuts in public services, all for the price of one decent restaurant meal per year. Our employees do contribute toward their pensions. Many currently pay 75% of the maximum percentage allowed toward their benefits."

Path to the ballot

Measure Z was on the ballot as an initiated city ordinance. Signatures were collected to qualify it for the ballot.[1]

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