Yucca Valley Sales Tax Increase, Measure U (November 2012)
If Measure U had been approved, it would have imposed a one-cent sales tax on the purchase of goods and services within Yucca Valley for thirty years.
- Final certified results from the San Bernardino County elections office.
The arguments in the official voter guide supporting Measure U were signed by:
- Jennifer Collins, president, Yucca Valley Chamber of Commece
- Mike Kelliher, senior volunteer
- Ellin Loveless, senior volunteer
- Cynthia Kraemer, real estate agent
- Richard Gham, resident
- Bob Dunn, resident and businessman
- Jack Rarick, businessman
- Bob Connors, senior volunteer
- John Babrowski, Yucca Valley Rotary volunteer
Arguments in favor
The arguments in the official voter guide supporting Measure U included:
- The state has ordered Yucca Valley to convert to a centralized sewer system by 2016 and the proceeds of Measure U will help pay for that.
- The funds from Measure U will help support police and 911 staffing levels.
- Measure U funds will help maintain and repair streets and alleys.
- The funds will stay local.
The arguments in the official voter guide opposing Measure U were signed by:
- Curt Duffy, MfA, EdD, instructional designer
- Bob Leone, a past mayor of Yucca Valley
- Rae Packard, president, Morongo Basin Property Association
- Claude Short, teacher/candidate, HDWD Board of Directors
- Margo Sturges, a past planning commissioner in Yucca Valley
The arguments in the official voter guide opposing Measure U included:
- Every consumer good sold in Yucca Valley will cost more.
- There is no guarantee that the funds raised by a Measure U sales tax would actually go to pay for the sewer system.
- Local residents may stop paying gas for their cars in town and instead go to gas stations in Joshua Tree or Morongo Valley.
- Measure U would transfer money from struggling families into the hands of government.
- The town manager is on a spending spree and voting "No on U" will help stop that.