On December 5, 2023, the Stockton City Council adopted an ordinance to extend Measure A, a three-quarter percent transactions and use (sales) tax, that was originally approved by voters November 5, 2013, and first collected April 1, 2014. The tax was set to expire March 31, 2024. By approving the extension by ordinance, the tax will continue for an additional ten years.
Background – Measures A & B
Measure A was approved by voters November 5, 2013, as a three-quarter cent (0.75%) transaction and use tax (sales tax) effective April 1, 2014. Measure A tax proceeds will be used to pay for law enforcement, crime prevention services, and services to residents, businesses, and property owners.
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. On February 25, 2014, Stockton’s City Council supported the citizen’s approval of Measure B by implementing the first phase of the Marshall Plan on Crime.
Both Measures A & B include allocations to the Marshall Plan on Crime with an anticipated 10-year period to spend proceeds of the tax measure at 65% crime prevention and 35% other City services, including recovery from bankruptcy.
Current 10-Year Calculation of Measure B
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 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 City Council at a public meeting; and
Make recommendations to City Council.
For a list of current committee members, please see the Boards & Commissions page, Measure A Citizens' Advisory Committee Member Roster.
Committee Actions & Meetings
The Measure A 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 site. All materials and reports provided to the Committee are attached to the meeting minutes, including updates on the implementation of the Marshall Plan on Crime.
Links to Board, Commission and Committee agendas and minutes are listed alphabetically. Please scroll to Measure A Citizens' Advisory Committee using the internal scroll bar.
The sales tax established under Measure A will expire (sunset) after 10 years, or sooner if 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 the tax is still necessary;
Ensure 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 - 7.25%
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 (Measure A) - .75%
Strong Communities (Measure M) - .25%
As a general sales tax, Measure A proceeds are part of the City’s General Fund. The City Charter (Sections 1910 and 1911) requires the City to prepare a Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and have an annual audit of all City accounts conducted by an independent firm of certified accountants. The independent annual audit includes Measure A financial activity and complies with the Measure A ballot language and Advisory Committee’s charter and by-laws.
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