Union City Sales Tax Increase, Measure AA (November 2010)

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A Union City Sales Tax Increase, Measure AA bond proposition was on the November 2, 2010 ballot for voters in Union City in Alameda County, where it was approved.

Measure AA will add a half-cent sales tax to the purchase of goods and services within the geographic boundaries of Union City. The tax will last for four years.

Election results

Measure AA
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 8,608 60.12%
No5,71139.88%
These final, certified results are from the Alameda County elections office.

Opposition

The Contra Costa Times and Oakland Tribune have jointly editorialized for a "no" vote on Measure AA, saying, "But raising sales tax rates in a prolonged economic downturn is poor economic policy. Sales taxes weigh most heavily on lower-income residents and they can do considerable harm to businesses that are struggling with small profit margins. While it is true that cities have tightened their belts with spending cuts, there is more they can and should do to save money. Local governments need to negotiate leaner pay and benefits packages with public employees, who generally enjoy considerably higher total compensation than people with similar jobs in the private sector."[1][2]

Text of measure

The question on the ballot:

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

To prevent severe cuts to essential services such as police, fire, paramedic, library, streets, parks and other services, shall Union City adopt an Ordinance enacting a half-cent sales tax expiring four years from the date it is first collected, reviewed by a citizen’s oversight committee, with annual independent audits, and all funds for Union City and no funds for the State of California?

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