What would Measure L do?
Measure L would add a 0.5% sales tax to the current 9.25% sales tax on goods purchased in the City of Santa Cruz. Groceries and prescription medicine are exempt from sales tax.
What does a “yes” vote mean?
Measure L would raise the Santa Cruz city sales tax to 9.75%. Measure L as it appears on the March 5 ballot:
“To protect and maintain essential services including homelessness response/prevention, emergency shelters, case management/connection to services; cleaning up/addressing the impacts of encampments; keeping pollution out of local rivers, creeks, and streams; supporting local food programs; preparing for wildfires; maintaining/repairing streets/potholes; and improving/ maintaining neighborhood parks, beaches, and public safety, shall the City of Santa Cruz measure to enact a one-half of one percent sales tax be adopted, raising about $8,000,000 annually for general government use until ended by voters?”
The funding priorities listed in the ballot text are not legally binding. The money from the sales tax hike would go into the city’s General Fund and could be used for any purpose.
What would a “no” vote mean?
A “no” vote on Measure L would keep the Santa Cruz city sales tax at 9.25%.
Thing to consider about Measure L
- Arguments for Measure L
- Arguments against Measure L
- Measure L and the Santa Cruz city budget
- Other local sales taxes