Measure A

Background – Measures A & B

Measure A was approved by voters November 5, 2013.  It is a three-quarter cent (0.75%) transaction and use tax (sales tax) which became effective April 1, 2014.  On the same ballot, voters also approved Measure B, a non-binding advisory measure, to help communicate priorities and express an opinion about how the additional tax money should be used. Measure A implemented a general tax that provides funding for law enforcement, crime prevention services and other essential city services, including the City’s Marshall Plan on Crime and bankruptcy recovery.

Citizens' Advisory Committee

Ordinance 2013-07-09-1601 was adopted to implement the increase in sales tax and establishes the requirement for a Citizens’ Advisory Committee to provide oversight of the City's Measure A tax. The ordinance requires that the Committee:

  • Meet at least annually, or more often, if needed;
  • Review all revenues and expenditures from the tax measure;
  • Review annual audits conducted by an independent accounting firm;
  • Measure economic recovery to recommend when the tax should end (sunset);
  • Make, at least, annual reports to the City Council at a public meeting; and
  • Make recommendations to the City Council.


Committee Members

The following community members serve on the Committee:

  • Dwight Williams, Chair
  • Marcie Bayne, Vice Chair
  • Susan Bartman
  • Gary Ingraham
  • Joseph Johnson 
  • Ned Leiba
  • David Renison


Committee Actions & Meetings

The Committee is appointed by the City Council and acts in an advisory capacity to the Council.  The Committee operates under a Committee Charter approved by the City Council and under by-laws adopted by the Committee. All Committee meeting agendas and minutes are available on the City’s website.  All materials and reports provided to the Committee are attached to the meeting minutes. With the agendas and minutes are links to reports and presentations, including updates on the implementation of the Marshall Plan on Crime.


Tax Expiration

The sales tax established under Measure A will expire (sunset) after 10 years - or sooner, if the City's General Fund revenues reach 2009 levels, adjusted for inflation.  To continue or extend the tax, the City Council must take specific action, including:

  • Conduct analysis and reviews;
  • Hear recommendations from the Measure A Citizens’ Advisory Committee;
  • Adopt findings that the tax is still necessary;
  • Ensure that employee total compensation is not excessive; and
  • Hold two (2) public meetings at least 14 days apart.

Current Sales Tax Rate

The sales tax rate within the City of Stockton is 9%. Stockton’s sales tax includes the following:

  • State sales tax - 7.50%
  • San Joaquin County Transportation Infrastructure (Measure K) - .50% 
  • Stockton Safe Neighborhood Gang and Drug Prevention Police & Fire (Measure W) - .25% 
  • Law Enforcement, Crime Prevention, Essential City Services (Measures A) - .75% 



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This City of Stockton web page last reviewed on --- 9/22/2015