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June 7, 2016 — California Primary Election

City of Long Beach
Measure A Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


54,928 votes yes (60.32%)

36,132 votes no (39.68%)

100% of precincts reporting (277/277).

To maintain 911 emergency response services; increase police, firefighter/paramedic staffing; repair potholes/streets; improve water supplies; and maintain general services; shall the City of Long Beach establish a one cent (1%) transactions and use (sales) tax for six years, generating approximately $48 million annually, declining to one-half cent for four years and then ending, requiring a citizens' advisory committee and independent audits, with all funds remaining in Long Beach?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

Voting Yes on Measure A will:

- Put more police officers on our streets

- Maintain and improve 911 paramedic response times

- Restore fire engines and firefighters at critical locations

- Fix Long Beach streets, roads, alleys, and repair potholes

- Upgrade city water systems to protect neighborhoods

NO vote means

A "no" vote is a vote against authorizing the transactions and use tax.

Impartial analysis / Proposal


By Charles Parkin, City Attorney

Voter approval of this measure would amend the Long Beach Municipal Code by adding a transactions and use (sales) tax for a period of ten years on the sale and/or use of all tangible personal property sold at retail in the City, initially at the rate of one cent for every dollar spent (or one percent) for the first six years of the tax, and declining to one-half cent for every dollar spent (or one-half percent) for the remaining four years. The tax would automatically terminate after the tenth year.

The measure, which was placed on the ballot by the Long Beach City Council, proposes a general tax, from which the revenue would be placed in the City’s general fund. The measure requires a majority vote of the electorate.

The measure requires that a five-member citizens advisory committee be established to make recommendations on the priority of funded projects and to review the use of the funds by the City. The measure further requires annual audits of expenditures.

The proposed tax would be administered by the California State Board of Equalization, in the same manner that sales tax is currently administered, in order to reduce the cost of collecting the tax and to minimize the burden of record-keeping upon retailers subject to the tax. Collection of the tax would begin on January 1, 2017.


A yes vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the transactions and use tax for a period of ten years. A “no” vote is a vote against authorizing the transactions and use tax.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Read the proposed legislation

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