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November 6, 2018 — California General Election

El Dorado County
Measure J Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results


36,869 votes yes (43.89%)

47,140 votes no (56.11%)

100% of precincts reporting (166/166).

90,730 ballots counted.

Transient occupancy tax
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Shall the measure changing the El Dorado County Ordinance Code which imposes a tax on short term occupants of hotels, motels, vacation home rentals and similar facilities in the unincorporated areas of El Dorado County, effective until amended or repealed, to raise the amount collected from ten percent (10%) to twelve percent (12%) of the rent charged to the visitor with an estimated annual revenue of $750,000 that may be spent for unrestricted general revenue purposes, be adopted?"

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “yes” vote on Measure J approves the Ordinance increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax from ten percent (10%) of the rent collected to twelve percent (12%).


NO vote means

A “no” vote on Measure J does not increase the Transient Occupancy Tax, and the County would continue to collect the tax at its current rate.


Impartial analysis / Proposal

County Counsel

Measure J asks voters whether the County should increase its Transient Occupancy Tax, which is assessed on persons occupying lodging for a period of thirty (30) consecutive days or less. The tax applies to various types of short term lodging, including hotels, motels, vacation home rentals, and similar facilities. The tax is paid by the guest, collected by the lodging operator, and remitted to the El Dorado County Tax Collector. This measure would increase the TOT rate from ten percent (10%) of the rent charged to twelve percent (12%) in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County.

The Transient Occupancy Tax is a general tax. The additional revenue generated by the increased TOT would be deposited in the County's general fund, where the revenue could be used for general government purposes.

A “yes” vote on Measure J approves the Ordinance increasing the Transient Occupancy Tax from ten percent (10%) of the rent collected to twelve percent (12%).

A “no” vote on Measure J does not increase the Transient Occupancy Tax, and the County would continue to collect the tax at its current rate.

The El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the Ordinance to increase the existing Transient Occupancy Tax and voted to place Measure J on the ballot for voter approval.

Michael J. Ciccozzi, El Dorado County, County Counsel


Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR


Arguments FOR


“Measure J” funds vital community services through hotel, motel and vacation home rental taxes paid by visitors who stay overnight

in El Dorado County.

We respectfully request your support of Measure J to help pay for needed community services, including many used by visitors but not

otherwise paid by them.

Measure J will increase Hotel Motel Tax (a tourist occupancy tax on hotel, motel and vacation home rental stays of less than 30 days) from 10% to 12%. Measure J WILL NOT tax residents of El Dorado County, unless they stay overnight in these tourist accommodations.

El Dorado County’s TOT is lower than that of many other California tourist destinations, including: San Francisco, 14%; Los Angeles,14% ;

Napa, 12%; Sonoma County, 12%; Palm Springs, 12.5%; Sacramento, 12%; Santa Barbara, 12% and South Lake Tahoe, 12%.

Please support this measure because:

El Dorado County residents will get the benefit of community services being funded partially by visitors to our county;

Funds generated by an increased rate will underwrite county facilities and services, including: road maintenance, police and fire

services, health services, county parks and recreation, and many others used by county residents and tourists;

TOT is the primary source of funding for grants to groups helping our county’s veterans. If approved, Measure J would increase

financial aid to local veterans; and

Measure J will benefit all of us, encourage economic vitality and sustain leisure services by promoting El Dorado County’s wineries,

farm trails, river rafting, ski areas, county parks, recreation areas, OHV trails, hiking and bike trails, lodging, shops, restaurants, lakes,

marinas, streams, campgrounds and historic sites.

That is why a broad coalition of civic, community, tourism and recreation leaders endorse Measure J. Please vote YES on Measure J.


Steve Teshara, CEO, Lake Tahoe South Shore Chamber of Commerce

Laurel Brent-Bumb, CEO, El Dorado County Chamber of Commerce

Debra H Manning, President & CEO, El Dorado Hills Chamber of Commerce

James R Sweeney, Retired County Supervisor

Thomas D. Cumpston, President, Agriculture, Business & Community Coalition – El Dorado County


Read the proposed legislation

Proposed legislation




Section 1. Amendment of Code.

Section 3.28.030 of Chapter 3.28 of Title 3 of the El Dorado County Ordinance Code entitled is hereby amended to read as follows:

Sec. 3.28.030. - Imposed.

For the privilege of occupancy in any facility, except a camping site or a space at a privately owned campground or recreational vehicle park, each transient is subject to and shall pay a tax in the amount of ten twelve percent of the rent charged by the operator. The tax constitutes a debt owed by the transient to the County which is extinguished only by payment to the operator or to the County. The transient shall pay the tax to the operator of the facility at the time the rent is paid. If the rent is paid in installments, a proportionate share of the tax shall be paid with each installment. The unpaid tax shall be due upon the transient's ceasing to occupy space in the facility. If for any reason the tax due is not paid to the operator of the facility, the Tax Collector may require that the tax be paid directly to the Tax Collector.

The revenue of such tax can be spent for unrestricted general revenue purposes.

Section 2. Subsequent Amendment of Administrative Provisions. Nothing contained in this ordinance or the general laws of the state shall be construed to prevent the Board of Supervisors from amending or repealing in whole or in part, at any time in the future, without requiring a vote of the people, the provisions of Chapter 3.28 of the El Dorado County Ordinance Code in any respect other than an increase in the amount of the tax.

Section 3. Severability. If any part, provision, section, paragraph, clause or word of this ordinance shall be finally determined by a court of competent jurisdiction thereof to be invalid, the remainder of this ordinance shall not be affected thereby but shall be severed and given effect, it being the intent of the Board of Supervisors that if it had known that such part, provision, section, paragraph, clause or word was invalid, then it would have enacted all of the remainder of this ordinance notwithstanding such invalidity of the part severed.

Section 4. Effective Date. This ordinance shall not take effect until and unless approved by a majority of the participating voters at the election on November 6, 2018, and if so approved, will go into effect ten (10) days after the results of such election have been certified to the Board of Supervisors.


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