County of Santa Barbara parcel tax, Measure S (February 2008)

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A County of Santa Barbara Parcel Tax for Emergency Services, Measure S ballot question was on the February 5, 2008 ballot for voters in Santa Barbara County, California, where it was defeated.

If Measure S had been approved, it would have imposed a $35.00 per parcel annual tax, with the funds going to "preserve, complete and support Santa Barbara County's Trauma System and Emergency Medical Services Network."

A 2/3rds supermajority vote was required for approval. (In California, when the revenue from a proposed local sales tax measure will be earmarked for a specific purpose, it requires a 2/3rds supermajority vote to pass. If, however, the proposed sales tax is not earmarked for any particular purpose but will instead go into the general fund of the local unit of government that will received the sales tax revenue, a simple majority is required for approval.)

Election results

Measure S
ResultVotesPercentage
Defeatedd No61,40253.63%
Yes 53,091 46.37%
These final, certified, election results are from the Santa Barbara County elections office.

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE S: "SHALL a special property tax of $35.15 per parcel of property be approved to preserve, complete and support Santa Barbara County's Trauma System and Emergency Medical Services Network in order to provide rapid emergency medical and trauma care to all people residing in the County?"[1]

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