Monterey County election propositions

2018 Local upcoming midterm elections

By Jenna Ethridge
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Monterey County’s midterm elections are taking place on Nov. 6 and the last day to register to vote is Oct. 22. Along with the position of city mayor and city council members are several propositions that will affect Monterey County and its residents. Here are a few of the propositions and what they entail.

1Measure J: Monterey Peninsula Water Management District Public Ownership of Water System Initiative

Measure J is an initiative proposed by citizens for the district to manage the Monterey Peninsula Water System, rather than its current control by California American Water. A yes vote on Measure J is in favor of the district acquiring control of the Monterey Peninsula Water System, while a no vote is in favor of California American Water continuing to having ownership and managing the Monterey Peninsula Water System.

2Measure N: Marina Sales Tax Increase

Measure N is a sales tax measure that would help fund Marina’s general purposes by raising the current sales tax from one percent to 1.5 percent for the next 15 years. A yes vote on Measure N is in favor of the city raising the sales tax from one percent to 1.5 percent for the next 15 years in an effort to fund Marina’s general purposes, while a no vote is in favor of the sales tax remaining at one percent, rather than being raised to 1.5 percent.

3Measure P: Marina Hotel Tax Increase

Measure P is a hotel tax measure that would help fund Marina’s general services by raising the tax rate on hotels from 12 percent to 14 percent. A yes vote on Measure P is in favor of raising the tax rate on hotels from 12 percent to 14 percent in an effort to fund Marina’s general services, while a no vote is in favor of the hotel tax rate remaining at 12 percent, rather than being raised to 14 percent.

4Measure S: Monterey Street and and Infrastructure Sales Tax Renewal

Measure S is a sales tax measure that would renew Monterey’s current sales tax of one percent for the next eight years to help fund street, sidewalk and sewer repairs. A yes vote on Measure S is in favor of the renewal of Monterey’s current sales tax of one percent for the next eight years in an effort to help fund street, sidewalk and sewer repairs, while a no vote is in favor of not renewing the current sales tax of one percent for the next eight years.

5Measure V: Marina Marijuana Business Tax

Measure V is a marijuana business tax measure that would allow marijuana businesses to operate in Marina and help fund the city’s general purposes by being taxed upwards of five percent on gross receipts. A yes vote on Measure V is in favor of the operation of marijuana businesses and the city taxing upwards of five percent on gross receipts to fund Marina’s general purposes, while a no vote is in favor of not allowing marijuana businesses to operate in Marina, thus not taxing upwards of five percent on gross receipts.

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