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Measure E is a ½ cent transactions and use tax for General services. The tax was effective April 1, 2006 and will not expire. As part of the ordinance, the Measure E Oversight Committee (Measure E Committee) was formed to make recommendations to the City Council and provide oversight on how the funds were used.

Measure E FY 2019-20 Budget

Measure E Meeting Agendas and Reports

All Measure E meetings agendas and reports are available on the Agendas, Minutes, and Reports page.

Measure E History and Accomplishments

Voter Approval of Measure E

Beginning in April 2003 through July 2005, the City reduced the General Fund Budget by a total of $15.3 million or 24%, including the elimination of 123.25 positions and closing all three libraries. On July 12, 2005 the City Council declared a state of fiscal emergency and adopted a resolution placing Measure V on the November 8, 2005 ballot. Because no members of the Council were running for election on November 8, the Council could only constitutionally seek voter approval of a general tax at that election if it unanimously found that an emergency existed.

The City Council, City Manager and Finance Director made numerous budget presentations to the local media, business and community leaders, service clubs, and other organizations. Flyers were distributed to the public to inform them of the fiscal condition. City employees, on their personal time, went door to door discussing the Measure V initiative.

On November 8, 2005, Salinas’ voters approved Measure V, a ½ cent transactions and use tax for General Fund services. The additional tax imposed effective April 1, 2006 was first distributed to the City in June 2006 by the State Board of Equalization. The tax was to end on March 31, 2016 upon the ten (10) year sunset.  However, the measure was extended indefinately, with no sunset, and became Measure E.

Measure E Committee and Public Priority Setting

It was anticipated that the tax (about $10,000,000 annually) would restore some of the $15,000,000 in General Fund services cut in the prior three fiscal years (FY 2003-04, 2004-05 & 2005-06), inclusive of closing all three libraries. Although final City budget decisions are the responsibility of the City Council, the Ordinance provides for the appointment of a Measure V Committee to provide oversight of the use of funds and to make recommendations to City Council on the use of funds. The tax ($10 million) was not sufficient to restore all services previously eliminated ($15 million), therefore, a deliberative, collaborative, and community oriented process was undertaken to make decisions on services to be funded with Measure E.