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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of Solvang
Measure F2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


2,193 votes yes (80.83%)

520 votes no (19.17%)

100% of precincts reporting (6/6).

Shall an ordinance be adopted establishing a cannabis business tax on gross receipts of cannabis businesses from the sale of cannabis and cannabis products, at a rate not to exceed 10%, with initial rate of 5% and a maximum annual increase of 1% up to the maximum rate, to fund general municipal services such as street repair, parks, and law enforcement, until ended by voters?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Solvang

Measure F2018 is a ballot measure placed on the ballot by the City Council of the City of Solvang. If approved by the voters, Measure F2018, would amend the Solvang Municipal Code to impose a tax ranging from an initial minimum of five percent (5%) to a maximum of ten percent (10%) on the gross receipts of cannabis businesses within the City of Solvang. Under Measure F2018, a “cannabis business” would be defined as any business, organization or facility, regardless of form, whether operating for profit or not for profit, that cultivates, processes, stores, tests, packages, labels, distributes, transports, and/or sells, dispenses or delivers cannabis, cannabis products and/or devices for the use of cannabis or cannabis products. Measure F2018 would authorize the Solvang City Council to decrease the tax rate, or to increase the tax rate subject to a maximum increase of one percent (1%) per year up to the maximum tax rate of ten percent (10%). Measure F2018 would provide administrative procedures for the collection and enforcement of the tax, and penalties for failure to pay the tax.

The revenues from the increased tax imposed by this measure would be deposited into the City’s General Fund to be used for such general municipal governmental purposes as the City Council directs. Among such purposes are street repair, parks and law enforcement.

The ordinance proposed by this measure will only become effective if approved by a majority of those electors voting on the measure.

A YES vote approves the measure.
A NO vote rejects the measure.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure F2018. If you desire a copy of the measure, please call the elections official’s office at (805) 688-5575 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

/s/ David Fleishman
City Attorney
City of Solvang


You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Vote YES on Measure F2018 to impose a reasonable and fair taxation of commercial cannabis businesses within the City of Solvang. Measure F2018 places a tax on commercial cannabis businesses to help maintain essential city services such as public safety and road maintenance which we all use and benefit from.

Measure F2018 is designed to protect local control. The City’s goals in regulating commercial cannabis businesses are: Reduce and eliminate the black market for cannabis; Establish reasonable and comprehensive regulations that preserve the health and safety of our community; Provide access to medical cannabis for those who benefit from its use; Establish a new source of funding that benefits the entire community; and Create a fair and reasonable tax structure that supports financially stable cannabis businesses. Measure F2018 will help the City achieve all five goals.

Measure F2018 will be implemented through a regulatory ordinance. It is the City’s intent to allow only highly qualified operators that meet the standards of the City’s zoning and regulatory ordinances. Measure F2018 is fiscally responsible, timely and prudent. Passage of this new tax measure will ensure that the City receives its fair share of cannabis taxation revenue.

Your YES vote will show your continued support for protecting the interests, values, quality of life, and health and wellness of the residents of the City of Solvang.

The undersigned authors of the primary Argument in Favor of Ballot Measure F2018 at the General Municipal election for the City of Solvang to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that the argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.

/s/ Karen M. Waite 7/30/18
City of Solvang City Council Member  

/s/ Ryan Toussaint 7/31/18
City of Solvang City Council Member

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST


— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation

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