Property, Sales, and Hotel Tax Increases All Over OC Ballots

There are a staggering number of tax increases facing Orange County voters this year, starting with $14,000,000,000 in statewide ballot measures.

Then, there are nearly $2,500,000,000 in local bonds (property tax increases), which will cost nearly $5,000,000,000 with interest payments, or nearly $166,000,000 per year.  Sales tax measures totaling $25,000,000 annually are also on the docket.  Hotel tax measures totaling $2,600,000 annually are on the ballot too.  To add insult to injury, one city council wants to get a 700% pay raise!

Fountain Valley and Westminster voters face a double whammy (as do 48% of La Palma voters), with both their school districts and city governments attempting to raise taxes.  There’s Measure HH for all of Fountain Valley and either Measure O, P, or R, depending on which school district they live in.  There’s Measure SS for all of Westminster and either Measure P, R, or T, depending on which school district they live in.  The 48% of La Palma voters who live in the Centralia Elementary School District face both Measures N and JJ.

  • State Measures
    • Proposition 51 – Statewide $9 Billion Facilities Bond
    • Proposition 55 – Extension of “Temporary” $4 Billion Income Tax Increase from Proposition 30
    • Proposition 56 – $1 Billion Cigarette Tax Increase
  • Bond Measures (Property Tax Increases)
    • Measure J – Anaheim Elementary School District $318 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure K – Brea-Olinda Unified School District $148 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure M – Capistrano Unified School District $889 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure N – Centralia Elementary School District $49 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure O – Fountain Valley School District $63 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure P – Garden Grove Unified School District $311 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure Q – Huntington Beach City School District $159.85 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure R – Ocean View School District $169 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure S – Orange Unified School District $288 Million Facilities Bond
    • Measure T – Westminster School District $76 Million Facilities Bond
  • Sales Tax Increases
    • Measure HH – Fountain Valley $ 1% Sales Tax Increase (from 8% to 9%)
    • Measure JJ – La Palma 1% Sales Tax Increase (from 8% to 9%)
    • Measure SS – Westminster 1% Sales Tax Increase (from 8% to 9%)
  • Hotel Tax Increases
    • Measure LL – Laguna Beach 2% Hotel Tax Increase (from 10% to 12%)
    • Measure OO – San Clemente 3% Hotel Tax Increase (from 10% to 13%)
  • Giant Politician Pay Raises
    • Measure PP – Santa Ana 700% Pay Raise for City Council (from $125/mtg to $1000/mo for Council and $200/mtg to $1000/mo for Mayor)

There is a glimmer of hope, though, as voters in Anaheim, Newport Beach, and Stanton have an opportunity to reign in taxes and politicians.  Anaheim and Newport Beach voters can raise the vote standard to put a tax measure on the ballot.  Stanton can repeal a sales tax hike and impose term limits:

  • Tax Thresholds
    • Measure U – Anaheim 2/3 Vote of the Council to Propose Taxes (Instead of Simple Majority)
    • Measure MM – Newport Beach 5/7 Vote of the Council to Propose Taxes (Instead of Simple Majority)

  • Tax Repeal
    • Measure QQ – Stanton 1% Sales Tax Repeal (from 9% to 8%)
  • Term Limits
    • Measure RR – Stanton 2-Term Lifetime Limit on City Council (No Current Limit)

Anaheim voters face an interesting scenario with Measures J, S, and U.  Measure U makes it more difficult to raise taxes, by requiring a 2/3 vote of the City Council to put a tax measure on the ballot. Measures J and S raise property taxes via bond measures, with 72% of Anaheim voters facing either Measure J or S, depending on which school district they live in.

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