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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

City of American Canyon
Measure H - 2/3 Approval Required

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Election Results


4,322 votes yes (66.41%)

2,186 votes no (33.59%)

100% of precincts reporting (11/11).

6,965 ballots counted.

Transient occupancy tax
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To increase, improve, and preserve affordable and workforce housing in the City of American Canyon, shall an ordinance be adopted to levy an ongoing transient occupancy tax (hotel tax) of 1% on hotel charges, increasing the maximum hotel tax rate from 12% to 13%, with all revenue from the new tax (estimated: $140,000 annually) to be restricted to providing programs and services for affordable workforce housing?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

American Canyon City Attorney


American Canyon (“City”) currently levies a transient occupancy tax (“TOT”), also generally known as a “hotel tax,” at the rate of 12% of the daily room rate for guests occupying hotel rooms, motel rooms, and similar temporary overnight lodging (collectively, “hotels”) in the City for periods of thirty consecutive days or less. The hotel guests pay the tax, which is collected by the hotel operator and sent to the City. The current 12% TOT is used to fund general municipal services.

Measure H asks voters whether the City should increase the TOT by 1%, for a new total TOT of 13%. If approved, this measure will amend the City’s current TOT ordinance so that the revenue from the 1% increase, which is estimated to be approximately $140,000 annually, willbe restricted to increase, improve, and preserve the City’s affordable and workforce housing.The remaining 12% will continue to be used for general government services.

Because the 1% increase proposed by Measure H is restricted for a specific purpose, it is a special tax and will become effective only if approved by more than 2/3 of those voting on the measure.

State law permits the City to levy a tax on guests occupying temporary lodging located in the City. Measure H would only increase the TOT rate for hotels within the City. The measure would not change the TOT rate for lodging located in other areas of Napa County. Measure H was placed on the ballot with unanimous approval of the American Canyon City Council.

A “yes” vote on Measure H will authorize the City to increase the TOT by 1%, with the new additional funds restricted for increasing, improving, and preserving affordable and workforce housing in the City, with the new tax rate taking effect on January 1, 2019.

A “no” vote will not increase the tax rate, and the City will continue to collect the TOT at its current rate.

The full text of Measure H is printed in this voter information guide.

/s/ William Ross, City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

City of American Canyon Argument In Favor of Measure H

We urge a “yes” vote on Measure “H” because it starts to address the impacts tourism hason making housing less affordable and traffic worse. Measure “H” increases the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT), which is paid by visitors and tourists who stay in AmericanCanyon’s three hotels by 1%, from 12% to 13%, and sets aside those new funds (approximately $140k annually) for workforce and affordable housing projects, programs and services that benefit American Canyon.

Traffic congestion is a key priority for American Canyon, and housing availability and affordability and traffic congestion are linked. Any significant improvement to traffic congestion on Highway 29 through American Canyon will require a full range of solutions, including investments in housing that is affordable to the city’s workforce. Programs and projects that increase the availability of affordable housing in proximity to employment centers in American Canyon and countywide help ease traffic congestion.

Simply put, many people that work in Napa County cannot afford to live in Napa County. While American Canyon has built many housing units that are affordable to the city’s and county’s workforce, many workers continue to live outside the county and drive through American Canyon to get to work. Additional dollars generated from TOT paid for by those visiting American Canyon, NOT by those living in American Canyon, will provide additional local funds that can be leveraged with other governmental funding sources to create more housing opportunities in our community.

All cities and towns throughout the county are asking voters to increase TOT by 1% for housing as there is a county-wide housing/jobs imbalance.

Yes” vote on Measure H will provide a continued source of revenue for workforce and affordable housing.

/s/ Leon Garcia
Mayor, American Canyon

/s/ Erik Burrow Business Owner

(City Clerk’s Notation: Arguments in support or opposition of the proposed laws are the opinions of the authors.)

— Napa County Elections Office

Arguments AGAINST

There is no argument against Measure H

— Napa County Elections Office
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