California voters sent a resounding message in November as they approved an array of infrastructure initiatives on their recent ballots across the state to fund transportation, schools and other public utility projects.
The passage of these measures illustrated that a majority of California constituents appreciate the dire need to repair, improve and develop the core elements needed in order for us to function more successfully as a society. Here’s an overview of some of these approved measures resulting in billions of dollars sourced from both regional tax increases and bond initiatives:
- Measure Q, City of Ontario increases the city’s sales tax from 7.75% to 8.75% generating $95 million annually for infrastructure improvement.
- Measure U, City of Oakland will issue bonds to raise $850 million, including almost $300 million to continue repaving and repairing Oakland streets.
- Proposition L, San Francisco will extend the half-cent sales tax for 30 years in the city and allow the local transportation authority to issue up to $1.91 billion in bonds.
- Measure ULA, Los Angeles will impose a tax of 4% on sales above $5 million and 5.5% on real estate transactions above $10 million.
- Measure LA, Los Angeles Community College District will generate $5.3 billion in bonds to repair/upgrade local community colleges, classrooms, water pipes, and technology and science labs.
- Measure U, San Diego Unified School District will generate $3.2 billion in bonds to create 500 workforce housing units for teachers and other district employees, and repair/upgrade local schools, classrooms, and labs.
- Measure Q, Long Beach Unified School District will generate $1.7 billion in bonds to repair/upgrade schools, classrooms, and labs as well as improve earthquake safety and safe drinking water.
- tMeasure PCC, Pasadena Community College District will generate $565 million in bonds to upgrade/repair aging classrooms, labs, and career training facilities, to maintain affordable access to higher education.
- Measure SMC, Santa Monica Community College District will generate $375 million in bonds to improve access to affordable higher education for local students, veterans, and first-generation college.
- Measure PRM, Palmdale Unified School District will generate $125 million in bonds to repair aging school facilities.
- Measure K, Downey Unified School District will generate $504 million in bonds to upgrade and repair aging neighborhood schools, classrooms, and labs.
- Measure CC, Cerritos Community College District generates $425 million in bonds to update and repair local facilities.
By Garrett Francis, ECA President Email: [email protected]
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