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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
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City of Santa Ana
Measure Y - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

40,753 votes yes (70.6%)

16,973 votes no (29.4%)

100% of precincts reporting (78/78).

Shall Chapter 21 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code be amended to enact both a gross square footage tax of between 25 cents to $35.00 and a gross receipts tax rate up to 10% for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, selling or testing cannabis and related products to raise between $8 to $12 million to fund public safety, parks, youth and senior services, among other general City services?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

yes vote is a vote in favor of authorizing the city to tax marijuana businesses at rates of $0.25 to $35.00 for gross square footage and up to 10 percent for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, selling, or testing.

NO vote means

no vote is a vote against authorizing the city to increase the general hotel tax rate from 10 percent to 13 percent, to be paid for by hotel and short-term-rental guests.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Santa Ana City Attorney

Measure Y adds Article XIII to Chapter 21 of the Santa Ana Municipal Code by way of an ordinance. This ordinance sets forth a business license tax resulting from a gross square footage tax of between 25 cents to $35.00 and a gross receipts tax rate of up to 10% for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, selling or testing of commercial cannabis and related products. This measure does not include medicinal cannabis also known as medical marijuana, which has a separate business license tax. Measure Y was put on the ballot by the Santa Ana City Council and is expected to generate $11 to $14 million dollars a year to fund general city services.

Measure Y sets the initial gross receipts tax rates at between 5% and 8% and the gross square footage tax rates between $1.50 to $25.00 depending on the type of commercial cannabis business. These rates can be adjusted up or down by the City Council without the need for further voter approval but cannot exceed $35 for the gross square footage tax or 10% for the gross receipts tax rate without further voter approval.

Measure Y requires approval of a majority of the Santa Ana voters that vote in the election on November 6, 2018 to become law. If approved, the tax will be imposed beginning on December 6, 2018 and will continue until ended by the voters or repealed by the City Council.

Measure Y provides that any additional types of commercial cannabis businesses licensed by the City in the future would be subject to the maximum tax rates imposed in Measure Y. It also provides that the City Council may repeal or amend the ordinance set forth in Measure Y in any way that does not result in an increase in the taxes imposed without further voter approval.

In summary:

A “YES” vote on the measure is a vote in favor of a gross square footage tax of between 25 cents to $35.00 and a gross receipts tax rate up to 10% for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, selling or testing commercial cannabis and related products.

A “NO” vote on the measure is a vote against a of a gross square footage tax of between 25 cents to $35.00 and a gross receipts tax rate up to 10% for cultivating, manufacturing, distributing, selling or testing commercial cannabis and related products.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Cannabis Tax

 

Since California voters already have legalized marijuana sales, cities like Santa Ana must protect the public by properly regulating and taxing commercial and adult-use marijuana businesses.

 

Here is why you should vote YES on Measure Y:

 

A YES vote on Measure Y will ensure our city government has the financial resources to properly regulate marijuana businesses without hurting the city’s investment in core city services. In fact, revenue from Measure Y will provide much needed funds for youth services and neighborhood safety initiatives.

 

Measure Y is solely to be paid by marijuana businesses and no one else. Measure Y guarantees that marijuana businesses will pay their fair share. Dozens of California cities have already implemented a similar tax and we

should do so now to regulate this industry.

 

A YES vote on Measure Y will protect the city budget from any additional cost that legalized marijuana could impose on our city.

 

s/ Juan Villegas Council Member

 

s/ Sal Tinajero Council Member

 

s/ P. David Benavides Councilmember

 

s/ Jose Solorio

City Council Member

Arguments AGAINST

No argument against this measure was submitted.

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