City of Santa Maria Sales Tax, Measure U (June 2012)
If approved, Measure U will impose a quarter-percent sales tax on the sale of goods and some services within city limits. The tax would last for 9 years.
The city recently built two new fire stations with federal stimulus money. Unfortunately, however, it does not have the funds that would be required to operate the new fire stations. The money from Measure U would allow the city to hire people to staff the new fire stations.
A simply majority vote is required to pass Measure U.
The question on the ballot:
|MEASURE U: "To offset state budget cuts and maintain/restore essential services, such as: neighborhood police patrols/firefighter staffing; at-risk youth programs, gang/drug suppression/enforcement; improving 9-1-1 emergency medical response times; preventing floods through levee repair; and other vital city services, shall the City of Santa Maria enact a ¼-cent sales tax that can’t be taken by the State, expiring in nine years, requiring taxpayer oversight, annual independent audits, with all funds used locally in Santa Maria?"|