California’s next statewide election is on Tuesday, March 3. Make sure you are educated on the issues! The information behind various ballot measures may be confusing and overwhelming, so we’ve made the following voter guide to help explain the ones we are supporting and opposing. If you have any questions, please call our office at 916-441-6269.

NOTES: As a 501(c)(3), we cannot endorse candidates. This guide only covers regional county measures, not statewide ones.

MEASURE A

CHICO AREA RECREATION AND PARK DISTRICT – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

 SUMMARY

“To increase park safety, complete park construction/renovation, maintain clean, safe parks/recreational programs for Chico area residents, upgrade lighting, security, and other safety features, repair aging recreation centers, restrooms, playgrounds, fields/facilities that promote healthy living for seniors/youth, improve ADA accessibility, shall the Chico Area Recreation and Park District levy a $85 per parcel per year, subject to annual CPI adjustment, until ended by voters, raising approximately $3,000,000 per year with oversight and used exclusively for local recreation/parks?”[1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

 WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would support the imposition of an indefinite special tax of $85 per parcel, authorized by the Chico Area Recreation and Park District, which will raise an estimated $3 million per year to fund local parks and recreation.

 A NO vote on this measure would oppose the imposition of an indefinite special tax of $85 per parcel, authorized by the Chico Area Recreation and Park District, which will raise an estimated $3 million per year to fund local parks and recreation.

[1] “March 2020 Countywide Voter Guide,” Butte County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://clerk-recorder.buttecounty.net/elections/archives/eln44/44_voter_info_guide.pdf.

MEASURE B
LAKE VALLEY FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall a special tax measure be levied annually until ended by voters, for the purpose of funding the purchasing, maintaining, replacing or leasing of fire engines, vehicles, equipment and supplies, at an annual special tax rate of $52 per parcel per year with an estimated total annual revenue of $432,900, in order to continue providing adequate fire protection, suppression, emergency medical services, and requiring independent citizen oversight, be adopted?” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to enact a special tax rate of $52 per parcel per year to raise revenue for fire protection, suppression, emergency medical services and requiring independent citizen oversight.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to enact a special tax rate of $52 per parcel per year to raise revenue for fire protection, suppression, emergency medical services and requiring independent citizen oversight.

MEASURE C
KELSEY CEMETERY DISTRICT – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the Kelsey Cemetery District levy a special tax for the purpose of providing needed Kelsey Pioneer Cemetery building, road, grounds and record keeping improvements, and increased maintenance at an annual rate not to exceed $8.00 per District parcel per year with total annual revenue raised to be $7,640, and remaining in effect for 10 years be adopted?” [2]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to enact a special tax at an annual rate not to exceed $8.00 per district parcel per year to raise revenue for the Kelsey Pioneer Cemetery.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to enact a special tax at an annual rate not to exceed $8.00 per district parcel per year to raise revenue for the Kelsey Pioneer Cemetery.

MEASURE J
GILMORE VISTA COUNTY SERVICE AREA – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure providing for an annual special tax of $270.00 on each improved parcel of land and $120.00 on each unimproved parcel of land for an unlimited duration be levied within the Gilmore Vista Road Zone of Benefit, to replace the existing benefit assessments of $170.00 and $70.00, respectively, to be used only for snow removal, road improvements, and maintenance services and generating annual revenue of $11,550.00, commencing fiscal year 2020/2021, be adopted?” [3]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to enact a special tax of $270.00 on each improved parcel of land and $120.00 on each unimproved parcel of land for an unlimited duration within the Gilmore Vista Road Zone of Benefit to be used for snow removal, road improvements and maintenance services.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to enact a special tax of $270.00 on each improved parcel of land and $120.00 on each unimproved parcel of land for an unlimited duration within the Gilmore Vista Road Zone of Benefit to be used for snow removal, road improvements and maintenance services.

MEASURE K
FERNWOOD COTHRIN RANCH COUNTY SERVICE AREA – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure providing for an annual special tax of $450.00 on each parcel of land for an unlimited duration be levied within the Fernwood Cothrin Ranch Road Zone of Benefit, to replace the existing special tax of $150.00, to be used only for road improvements and maintenance services and generating annual revenue of $118,800.00, commencing fiscal year 2020/2021, be adopted?” [4]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to enact an annual special tax of $450.00 on each parcel of land for an unlimited duration within the Fernwood Cothrin Ranch Road Zone of Benefit for road improvements and maintenance services.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to enact an annual special tax of $450.00 on each parcel of land for an unlimited duration within the Fernwood Cothrin Ranch Road Zone of Benefit for road improvements and maintenance services.

MEASURE L
LYNX TRAIL COUNTY SERVICE AREA – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure providing for an annual special tax of $500.00 on each parcel of real property for an unlimited duration be levied within the Lynx Trail Road Zone of Benefit, which would be an increase to the current special tax of $300.00 per year, to be used only for road improvements, and maintenance services and generating annual revenue of $37,500.00, commencing fiscal year 2020/2021, be adopted?” [5]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to enact an annual special tax of $500.00 on each parcel of real property for an unlimited duration within the Lynx Trail Road Zone of Benefit to be used only for road improvements and maintenance services.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to enact an annual special tax of $500.00 on each parcel of real property for an unlimited duration within the Lynx Trail Road Zone of Benefit to be used only for road improvements and maintenance services.

MEASURE M
SNOW REMOVAL ZONE SOUTH LAKE TAHOE COUNTY SERVICE AREA – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure providing for an annual special tax of $80.00 for twenty years’ duration on improved parcels of land within the South Shore Snow removal Zone of benefit, and replacing the current benefit assessment of $20.00 per parcel, to be used exclusively for acquisition of snow removal equipment to improve public safety, not salaries and benefits, and subject to annual oversight, which will generate annual revenue of $536,720.00 commencing fiscal year 2020/2021, be adopted?” [6]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to enact an annual special tax of $80.00 for twenty years on improved parcels of land within the South Shore Snow Removal Zone of Benefit exclusively for acquisition of snow removal equipment not salaries and benefits, and subject to annual oversight.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to enact an annual special tax of $80.00 for twenty years on improved parcels of land within the South Shore Snow Removal Zone of Benefit exclusively for acquisition of snow removal equipment not salaries and benefits, and subject to annual oversight.

[1] “Measure B,” El Dorado County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Pages/March-2020-Presidential-Primary.aspx.

[2] “Measure C,” El Dorado County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Pages/March-2020-Presidential-Primary.aspx.

[3] “Measure J,” El Dorado County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Pages/March-2020-Presidential-Primary.aspx.

[4] “Measure K,” El Dorado County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Pages/March-2020-Presidential-Primary.aspx.

[5] “Measure L,” El Dorado County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Pages/March-2020-Presidential-Primary.aspx.

[6] “Measure M,” El Dorado County Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://edcgov.us/Government/Elections/Pages/March-2020-Presidential-Primary.aspx.

MEASURE G

CITY OF ORANGE GROVE – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Improve public safety and emergency response times; maintain the number of police officers; fight crime/gangs/drugs; provide modern firefighting equipment, with all money used only for local Police and Fire, shall Orange Cove establish an annual special $36 parcel tax for single-family homes and specified amounts for multifamily, commercial, agricultural, industrial parcels, expected to raise about $98,000 annually for four years, with independent Citizen Oversight?” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the district to levy a $36 annual parcel tax to provide emergency police and fire services.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the district to levy a $36 annual parcel tax to provide emergency police and fire services.

MEASURE B

CITY OF REEDLEY – SALES TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To maintain 911 emergency response times, police protection, patrols, anti-gang and drug programs, repair streets, alleys, potholes, and other infrastructure; maintain parks, youth, after school, and senior programs; retain and attract Iocal businesses; address homelessness; and provide other services; shall the City of Reedley enact a $0.75 cent sales tax providing approximately annually, annual audits and 10 year review, with all funds benefiting Reedley residents?” [2]

Percentage needed to pass: Majority.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the district to levy a 0.75 cent sales tax to provide general city services, including emergency services and road and infrastructure maintenance.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the district to levy a 0.75 cent sales tax to provide general city services, including emergency services and road and infrastructure maintenance.

[1] “Measure G,” Fresno County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=40004

[2] “Measure B,” Fresno County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://www.co.fresno.ca.us/home/showdocument?id=39186

MEASURE O

ATWATER EMERGENCY SERVICES – SALES TAX RENEWAL

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To prevent cuts to public safety services/neighborhood police patrols, and improve crime investigation/emergency response, by replacing overcrowded, aging/deteriorating police/fire facilities; upgrading outdated firefighting equipment; and redistributing stations throughout Atwater, shall the City of Atwater adopt a measure renewing at the IV rate its existing, voter-approved sales tax, providing approximately $4,000,000 annually, until ended by voters, requiring independent audits, oversight, all funds only for Atwater?” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the city to renew and increase the sales tax for emergency services from 0.5% to 1.0%, thereby increasing the total rate in the city to 8.75%.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the city to renew and increase the sales tax for emergency services from 0.5% to 1.0%, thereby allowing the sales tax to expire in 2023.

MEASURE K

MERCED – MAYOR TERM LIMIT AMENDMENT

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To maintain 911 emergency response times, police protection, patrols, anti-gang and drug programs, repair streets, alleys, potholes, and other infrastructure; maintain parks, youth, after school, and senior programs; retain and attract Iocal businesses; address homelessness; and provide other services; shall the City of Reedley enact a $0.75 cent sales tax providing approximately annually, annual audits and 10 year review, with all funds benefiting Reedley residents?” [2]

Percentage needed to pass: Majority.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support amending the city charter to impose a four-year term limit on the office of mayor.

A NO vote would oppose amending the city charter to impose a four-year term limit on the office of mayor, thereby maintaining the two-year term limit.

MEASURE L

Merced – CITIZENS’ STIPEND SETTING COMMISSION AMENDMENT

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure to amend the Merced City Charter to establish a Citizens’ Stipend Setting Commission to set, recommend, and limit the maximum stipend the City Council, including the Mayor, may adopt and receive be adopted?” [3]

Percentage needed to pass: Majority.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support amending the city charter to establish a Citizens’ Stipend Setting Commission to limit the stipend the city council and mayor receive.

A NO vote would oppose amending the city charter to establish a Citizens’ Stipend Setting Commission to limit the stipend the city council and mayor receive, thereby maintaining that the city council does not receive compensation.

MEASURE M

MERCED – FINANCE OFFICER REPORTING REQUIREMENTS AMENDMENT

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure to amend the Merced City Charter to impose budget and reporting requirements by the Finance Officer to the City Council be adopted?” [4]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support amending the city charter to require the Finance Officer to compile the budget and revenue reports for the city council based on the budget provided by the city manager.

A NO vote would oppose amending the city charter to require the finance officer to compile the budget and revenue reports for the city council based on the budget provided by the city manager, thereby maintaining that the finance officer compiles these reports just for the city manager.

[1] “Measure O,” Merced County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://www.co.merced.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/22546/Measure-O-Question.

[2] “Measure K,” Merced County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://www.co.merced.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/22548/Measure-K-Question.

[3] “Measure L,” Merced County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://www.co.merced.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/22550/Measure-L-Question.

[4] “Measure M,” Merced County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://www.co.merced.ca.us/DocumentCenter/View/22553/Measure-M-Question.

MEASURE D

ISLETON EMERGENCY SERVICES – SALES TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY

“Shall the measure imposing a 0.75 percent transaction and use tax, to be used solely to fund fire protection needs for the City of Isleton be adopted?” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would support the increase the county sales tax from 0.5% to 0.75% to fund emergency services in the City of Isleton, increasing the total sales tax rate from 8.75% to 9.0%.

A NO vote on this measure would oppose the increase of the county sales tax from 0.5% to 0.75% for the purpose of funding emergency services in the City of Isleton, thus keeping the total sales tax rate at 8.75%.

MEASURE G

SACRAMENTO CITY CHARTER AMENDMENT FOR CHILDREN’S FUND

 CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“Shall the measure amending the Sacramento City Charter to (1) require that 2.5% of the city’s unrestricted revenues be set aside in a newly-established Sacramento Children’s Fund, for 12 consecutive fiscal years beginning in 2021-2022, to be spent only on qualifying youth and child services; (2) require that the 2.5% be in addition to that which was expended on eligible youth and children services in fiscal year 2019-2020: and (3) establish a Fund Planning and Oversight Commission, be adopted?” [2]

Percentage needed to pass: Majority

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would support amending the Sacramento City Charter to allocate 2.5% of unrestricted revenues to establishing a children’s fund for the upcoming 12 fiscal years, “to protect and expand funding for services that help children and youth less than 25 years old to be safe, healthy and productive.”[3]

A NO vote on this measure would oppose amending the Sacramento City Charter to allocate 2.5% of unrestricted revenues to establishing a children’s fund for the upcoming 12 fiscal years.

[1] “Measure D,” Sacramento County Elections. Accessed February 18, 2020. https://elections.saccounty.net/CampaignServices/Documents/FINAL%20-%20Measure%20D%20-%20Full%20Text.pdf.

[2] “Measure G,” Sacramento County Elections. Accessed February 18, 2020. https://elections.saccounty.net/CampaignServices/Documents/FINAL%20-%20Measure%20G%20-%20Full%20Text.pdf.

[3] “Measure G,” Sacramento County Elections. Accessed February 18, 2020. https://elections.saccounty.net/CampaignServices/Documents/FINAL%20-%20Measure%20G%20-%20Full%20Text.pdf.

MEASURE S

LAW ENFORCEMENT – SALES TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: NO

“Shall a measure be adopted enacting a one-half cent (1/2%) special transactions and use (sales) tax for ten (10) years, generating approximately $280,000 annually in dedicated revenue that shall be used solely for the Escalon Police Department for maintaining and enhancing staffing levels, as well as funding police training, capital, equipment and operating budget?” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would support authorizing the city to enact a special sales tax of 0.5% to raise revenue for Escalon Police Department.

A NO vote on this measure would oppose authorizing the city to enact a special sales tax of 0.5% to raise revenue for Escalon Police Department.

MEASURE Q

CLEMENTS RURAL FIRE PROTECTION – DISTRICT PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To retain local and hire additional firefighters; replace outdated equipment; and maintain the fire station, shall Clements Rural Fire Protection District repeal the current special tax and adopt a new annual special tax at $0.04/square-foot for residences/residences plus commercial/miscellaneous structures; $0.06/square-foot for commercial/industrial/office structures, $40/parcel for vacant/agriculture land (no structures); with one rate per parcel; generating approximately $243,330 annually, with up to 3% Northern California CPI annual increase until ended by voters?” [2]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support authorizing the Clements Rural Fire Protection District to impose an annual parcel tax of $40 per parcel and special rates for residential and commercial property.

A NO vote would oppose authorizing the Clements Rural Fire Protection District to impose an annual parcel tax of $40 per parcel and special rates for residential and commercial property.

[1] “Measure S,” San Joaquin Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://www.sjgov.org/uploadedfiles/sjc/departments/rov/docs/measure-list-20200303.pdf.

[2] “Measure Q,” San Joaquin Elections. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://www.sjgov.org/uploadedfiles/sjc/departments/rov/docs/measure-list-20200303.pdf.

MEASURE P

BURBANK-PARADISE FIRE PROTECTION DISTRICT – Parcel Tax

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To preserve public safety and ensure essential fire protection and emergency medical response is provided to our community shall the Burbank Paradise Fire Protection District Ordinance No. 8 be adopted, authorizing the District to levy a special tax, including $275 per residential unit, raising approximately $625,000 annually until repealed, to fund life-saving and property preserving fire protection and emergency medical services, with annual audits, and all money staying local.” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support levying a parcel tax between $150 and $500, depending on the type of parcel, to provide funds for the district’s services.

A NO vote would oppose levying a parcel tax between $150 and $500, depending on the type of parcel, to provide funds for the district’s services.

[1] “Measure P,” Stanislaus County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. http://www.stanvote.com/pdf/voter-guides/20200303.pdf.

MEASURE K

CUTLER-OROSI JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To fund the operational needs of the Cutler-Orosi Sports Complex(es) and develop Recreation programs within the Cutler-Orosi area to promote youth activities including sports, arts, music and other experiences that develop young people into active, responsible citizens shall levy a tax of $38.00 per parcel annually with annual cost of living adjustment, initially raising approximately $196,308 annually as long as the Cutler-Orosi School Board oversees the program” [1]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote would support levying an annual tax of $38.00 per parcel for youth sports complexes and recreational programs.

A NO vote would oppose levying an annual tax of $38.00 per parcel for youth sports complexes and recreational programs.

[1] “Measure G,” Tulare County Elections. Accessed February 20, 2020. https://tularecoelections.org/elections/index.cfm/registrar-of-voters/current-election-information/march-3-2020-presidential-primary-election/local-measure-ballot-text/.

MEASURE Q

DAVIS SALES TAX EXTENSION

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

SUMMARY

“Shall the Ordinance extending the existing one percent sales tax with no increase to the current rate, providing approximately $8,600,000 annually until repealed by the voters, subject to annual review, with all funds staying local, and continuing existing funding for city services such as police, fire, recreation programs, city roads, sidewalks, bike path maintenance, and other city services, be adopted?” [1]

Percentage needed to pass: Majority

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would support the extension of the city’s 1.0% sales tax rate beyond December 31, 2020. This tax is a general tax, meaning that all revenue from this tax is placed in the city’s general fund, which is used for any municipal purpose.

A NO vote on this measure would oppose the extension of the city’s 1.0% sales tax rate beyond December 31, 2020.

MEASURE G

DAVIS JOINT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT – PARCEL TAX

CAIR-SV/CC Recommendation: YES

“To attract and retain quality teachers and staff by keeping compensation competitive in order to (a) preserve outstanding instruction in math, science, reading, writing, history, social studies and technology; (b) support arts, music; (c) limit class sizes; and (d) support student health and safety; shall a Davis Joint Unified School District ongoing parcel tax of $198/year, adjusted annually for inflation, be adopted, raising approximately $3,000,000/year, with senior, disability, employee exemptions and citizens oversight; for Davis schools only?” [2]

Two-thirds (2/3) vote needed to pass.

WHAT YOUR VOTE MEANS

A YES vote on this measure would support the authorization of an indefinite annual parcel tax of $198 per parcel, producing an estimated $3.2 million annually to:

  • “Attract and retain outstanding teachers and educational staff.
  • Maintain a high quality education for our students by preserving excellent academic programs in reading, writing, math, history, arts, and science.
  • Ensure students have the teaching support needed to prepare them for college and 21st century careers.”[3]

A NO vote on this measure would oppose the authorization of an indefinite annual parcel tax of $198 per parcel.

[1] “Measure Q,” Yolo County Elections Office. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/measure-on-the-ballot-for-the-march-3rd-primary-election/measure-q-city-of-davis-sales-tax-extension/#Full%20Text.

[2] “Measure G,” Yolo County Elections Office. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/measure-on-the-ballot-for-the-march-3rd-primary-election/measure-g-davis-joint-unified-school-district-parcel-tax/#Impartial%20Analysis.

[3] “Measure G,” Yolo County Elections Office. Accessed February 19, 2020. https://www.yoloelections.org/voting/measure-on-the-ballot-for-the-march-3rd-primary-election/measure-g-davis-joint-unified-school-district-parcel-tax/#Impartial%20Analysis.