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2020 Election: Sales Taxes in California

Every local sales tax ballot initiative in California in one place

The 2020 general election is underway and while most people are following the national races there's a lot of local measures that also significantly affect people's lives. Sales taxes may not seem like one of those things at first glance. But they affect day to day life in communities around California both by providing much needed tax revenue for critical infrastructure — especially during a pandemic — and a direct impact on every person's pocketbook with almost every purchase.

In a state that already has some of the highest taxes on cannabis in the country, sales taxes can make buying it even more expensive. On top of these sales tax changes, 31 cannabis tax specific initiatives are up for consideration — most of which are new taxes where they're gearing up to welcome cannabis businesses to operate within their boundaries.

To help everyone keep track of all the changes we've put this list of all 76 the sales tax initiatives across the state, 11 of which are extensions of current taxes, one is a decrease and the remaining 65 are increases.

Don't miss our previous post on cannabis taxes we'll be updating these posts with the results in the coming days.

City and County Sales Tax Initiatives

Alameda County, California, Measure V, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Alameda County, California, Measure W, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Williams, California, Measure B, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Concord, California, Measure V, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Contra Costa County, California, Measure X, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Orinda, California, Measure R, Sales Tax (November 2020)

San Pablo, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Crescent City, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Del Norte County, California, Measure R, Sales Tax (November 2020)

South Lake Tahoe, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Willows, California, Measure H, Fire and Emergency Medical Services Sales Tax (November 2020)

Eureka, California, Measure H, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Fortuna, California, Measure G, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Trinidad, California, Measure E, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Bishop, California, Measure P, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Lemoore, California, Measure K, Law Enforcement and Fire Services Sales Tax (November 2020)

Bellflower, California, Measure M, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Bell Gardens, California, Measure A, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Beverly Hills, California, Measure RP, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Carson, California, Measure K, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Commerce, California, Measure VS, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Diamond Bar, California, Measure DB, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Lancaster, California, Measure LC, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Lomita, California, Measure L, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Palmdale, California, Measure AV, Sales Tax (November 2020)

San Fernando, California, Measure SF, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Signal Hill, California, Measure R, Sales Tax (November 2020)

South El Monte, California, Measure ES, Sales Tax (November 2020)

West Hollywood, California, Measure E, Sales Tax (November 2020)

San Rafael, California, Measure R, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Mariposa County, California, Measure N, Hospital Sales Tax (November 2020)

Willits, California, Measure K, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Gonzales, California, Measure X, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Greenfield, California, Measure T, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Pacific Grove, California, Measure L, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Sand City, California, Measure U, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Soledad, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Nevada City, California, Measure M, Streets and Sewer Sales Tax (November 2020)

Fullerton, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Los Alamitos, California, Measure Y, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Auburn, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Corona, California, Measure X, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Lake Elsinore, California, Measure Z, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Menifee, California, Measure M, Sales Tax Repeal Initiative (November 2020)

San Jacinto, California, Measure V, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Citrus Heights, California, Measure M, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Isleton, California, Measure L, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Rancho Cordova, California, Measure R, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Apple Valley, California, Measure O, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Montclair, California, Measure L, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Redlands, California, Measure T, Sales Tax (November 2020)

San Bernardino, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Victorville, California, Measure P, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Manteca, California, Measure Z, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Caltrain, California, Proposition RR, Rail Service Tax (November 2020)

Daly City, California, Measure Q, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Milpitas, California, Measure F, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Dunsmuir, California, Measure H, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Weed, California, Measure M, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Rio Vista, California, Measure O, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Vallejo, California, Measure G, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Cotati, California, Measure S, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Healdsburg, California, Measure T, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Petaluma, California, Measure U, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Santa Rosa, California, Measure Q, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Sonoma, California, Measure V, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Sonoma County, California, Measure DD, Transportation Sales Tax (November 2020)

Sonoma County, California, Measure O, Mental Health, Addiction and Homeless Services Sales Tax (November 2020)

Turlock, California, Measure A, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Trinity County, California, Measure K, Law Enforcement Sales Tax (November 2020)

Exeter, California, Measure P, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Oxnard, California, Measure E, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Oxnard, California, Measure N, Termination of Sales Tax (November 2020)

Woodland, California, Measure R, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Wheatland, California, Measure O, Sales Tax (November 2020)

Imperial Beach, California, Measure I, Sales Tax (November 2020)

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