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November 6, 2018 — California General Election
Special District

County of Kern Unincorporated Area
Measure I - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


25,610 votes yes (35.32%)

46,899 votes no (64.68%)

100% of precincts reporting (317/317).

1% Sales Tax to Improve Services in Unincorporated Areas of County
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To improve county services in the unincorporated area of Kern County including public safety and protection, parks, code enforcement, roads and libraries, shall a 1% (1 cent) general purpose sales tax be adopted in the unincorporated area with the estimated $35 million in annual revenue to be used for general purposes in the unincorporated area only with input from a citizen advisory committee comprised of residents of the unincorporated area?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Kern County Registrar of Voters

This measure was placed on the ballot by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

The measure would impose a one percent (1%) retail transactions and use tax in the unincorporated area of the County only, effective April 1, 2019. The tax would generate an estimated $35 million in annual revenue. After being used to  reimburse the County for the costs of the election and to pay any fees charged by the State for preparing and administering the tax, the remaining revenue would be deposited in the County general fund, where it would be segregated in a  separate revenue account. The revenue would be used for general purposes, including vital services such as protection of the public from criminal activity, in the unincorporated area only.

The independently-elected Kern County Auditor-Controller would report annually to the Board of Supervisors and the public on the tax revenue received and the expenditures of the revenue. The Auditor-Controller would have the authority to audit the separate revenue account at any time, and such audits would be made available for public review.

The Board of Supervisors would establish a Citizen Advisory Committee comprised of five residents of the unincorporated area to review the expenditures of the tax revenue and to advise the County Administrative Office and the Board of Supervisors on how best to utilize the revenue within the unincorporated area. 

The measure could be amended by the Board of Supervisors without voter approval and as allowed by law.


This wording applies to Measure I: 

This is an impartial analysis of Measure I. If you want a copy of the County’s resolution ordering the election to vote on Measure I, please call Kern County Elections at (661) 868-3590 or 1-800-452-8683 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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