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Required approval rates for local California ballot measures

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Type of measure Use of revenue Vote of governing body Vote of public
City or county sales tax Unrestricted 2/3 Majority
City or county sales tax Restricted 2/3 2/3
General law city non-sales general tax Unrestricted 2/3[1] Majority
Charter city non-sales general tax Unrestricted Majority[1] Majority
City or county special tax (other than sales) Restricted Majority 2/3
All school or special district taxes Majority 2/3
General obligation bonds (municipalities) Majority 2/3
General obligation bonds (schools) Majority 55%[2]
Property tax assessments Majority Majority[3]
Property-related fees Majority 2/3[4]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 If the election is not consolidated with a general election, the governing body of the municipality must unanimously declare an emergency to hold the election
  2. 50% voter approval required if bond proceeds will repair/replace unsafe buildings
  3. Voted upon only be affected property owners; votes weighted by assessment liability
  4. Measure can also pass by majority vote of affected property owners