Taxpayers may not be as angry as we thought.
Voters on Tuesday approved local bond and tax measures at a higher rate than in past elections, according to an analysis from the League of California Cities.
That’s probably little comfort to the backers of a road tax in Lafayette, which failed Tuesday. It was the city’s third attempt to pass a tax for road maintenance.
Among the more than 90 local measures on the ballot statewide Tuesday, 53 increased, expanded or extended local taxes or bonds. Here’s a summary of the league’s findings:
- The overall passage rate of non-school local tax measures in November 2011 was better than that of prior elections over the last decade.
- Of the 22 majority-vote tax measures, 18 passed (82 percent). Since 2001, 65 percent of majority vote local tax measures have passed.
- Of the 16 special tax measures requiring two-thirds voter approval, 11 passed (69 percent) exceeding the 46 percent historic passage rate for special taxes and bonds since 2001.