ELECTION 2020 PRIMER
The time is now! Contra Costa residents are already receiving ballots by mail. If you have not received yours, go to Where’s My Ballot?
In case you’re like so many of us suffering from information overload, we’ve pulled together a simple summary of industry-related ballot information to help you make sense of each initiative. We hope this summary helps you better understand the information so you can confidently cast your votes.
Please Note: This information is not meant to influence individual votes, but to serve as a simplified summary of facts to assist in the voting process.
Statewide Ballot Initiatives
Prop 15 – Split Roll Taxes
This initiative should it pass would create a “split roll” property tax system which would allow for the residential property to maintain its current tax rate, but commercial property would be taxed at an increased rate based on the current market value.
This initiative should it pass would allow those who are over 55, disabled, or wildfire/disaster victims to transfer their primary residence’s tax base to a replacement residence in California. This initiative would also establish a fire protection services fund, along with modifications to the taxation of family-property transfers.
Yes on Prop 19: https://www.yeson19.vote/
No on Prop 19: No campaign site currently available.
Prop 21 – Rent Control
This initiative should it pass would modify the Costa-Hawkins Act of 1995 that currently protects single-family homes and properties built or occupied after February 1995 from falling under rent control. This initiative would establish rent control on residentials properties over 15 years old.
Local Ballot Initiatives
Measure V Information:
Contra Costa County Elections Information: https://www.cocovote.us/city-of-concord-measure-v/
Orinda, Measure R – Sales Tax Increase
This initiative should it be pass would extend and increase the existing voter-approved sales tax from 0.25% to 0.5% to raise funds to assist in funding the City’s continued work to help maintain public street maintenance, repair of storm drains, preparation for emergencies and disasters, including wildfire risk reduction.
Richmond, Measure U – Gross Receipts Business License Tax
This initiative should it pass would restructure the City’s Business License Tax structure from a per employee tax to a gross receipts tax. Businesses would be charged between 0.06% to 5.00% of gross receipts based on where the business falls in the tier structure. The funds received from the business license tax would help fill the general fund for City services such as emergency response, potholes/street repair, homeless/youth services, and other general services.
Measure U Information:
Contra Costa County Elections Information: https://www.cocovote.us/city-of-richmond-measure-u/
Contra Costa County, Measure X – Sales Tax
This initiative should it pass would levy a ½ cent sales tax to help fund the regional hospital, fund community health centers, fire and emergency response, invest in early childhood services, and other essential county services. The sales tax increase would exempt food sales.
Contra Costa County Elections Information: https://www.cocovote.us/contra-costa-county-measure-x/
REALTOR® Action Fund
The REALTOR® Action Fund (RAF) is a vital service for YOU and YOUR business. Did you know that 30% of your RAF contribution supports local issues that will affect your livelihood? By contributing to the REALTOR® Action Fund, you are helping to protect private property rights through C.A.R.’s lobbying efforts, and local issues and candidate campaigns.
Did you know that contributions to the REALTOR® Action Fund have stopped:
- Point of sale mandates that could have cost the homeowner $1,000s of dollars reducing their equity or may have even prevented the sale from going through.
- Direct taxing of REALTOR® commissions and other services related to the transaction.
- Political candidates who are against building housing and against REALTOR® issues.