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Local Ballot Measures



>> 2005 -- 2009  >> 2008 November General  

Measure A (2008 November)
Live Oak School District Parcel Tax.
"Live Oak School District Education Improvement Measure. To improve education, including science, art and music, provide reading and math tutoring programs, attract and retain qualified teachers, keep school libraries open, preserve small class sizes, and provide after school programs to keep children safe, shall Live Oak School District be authorized to implement an annual $84 education parcel tax for nine years, exempting senior citizens, with citizen oversight, mandatory audits, no money for administrative salaries and all money directly benefiting local schools?" Approved. Required 2/3 vote. Yes: 7,807. No: 2,323.
Full Text courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department

Measure B (2008 November)
Communications Users Tax Ordinance – Santa Cruz County Unincorporated Area.
"Shall the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors repeal the existing Emergency Response Fee on telephone land lines that currently finances 9-1-1 services, and be authorized to replace the fee with a tax in the same amount per access line on land lines and cellular lines in the unincorporated area of the County so as to enable the Board of Supervisors to allocate additional funding for public services including public safety and 9-1-1 services?" Failed. Yes: 31,313. No: 32,501.
Full Text courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department

Measure C (2008 November)
City of Watsonville Tax on City Telephone Subscribers.
"Shall the City replace the existing 911 Emergency Response Fee now paid by Watsonville residents on City telephone land lines with a general tax on City telephone subscribers of the same amount of $2.05 per month? The tax would reduce future budget cuts and allow the City Council to provide additional funding to public safety including the 911 Emergency Center and other General Fund programs." Failed. Yes: 5,110. No: 5,760.
Full Text courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department

Measure D (2008 November)
City of Capitola Sales Tax Extension.
"Shall the 2004 City of Capitola sales tax increase of one quarter of one percent, which is scheduled to sunset in 2010, be extended until December 31, 2017, in order to maintain general services including public safety and street improvements?" Approved. Yes: 3,317. No: 1,721.
Full Text courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department

Measure E (2008 November)
Santa Cruz City Clean Rivers, Beaches and Ocean Tax.
"To protect public health and the environment by reducing pollution, trash, toxics and dangerous bacteria in our river, bay and ocean; helping to keep beaches clean; protecting fish and wildlife habitat; shall the City of Santa Cruz adopt a Clean River, Beaches and Ocean Tax, with revenues spent locally under independent citizen oversight? The annual rates will be $28 for single-family parcels, $94 for other developed parcels, and $10 for undeveloped parcels." Approved. Required 2/3 vote. Yes: 23,112. No: 7,200.
Full Text courtesy of the Santa Cruz County Elections Department