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November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

City of Goleta
Measure Z2018 - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales

Se aprueba

10,518 votos si (81.95%)

2,316 votos no (18.05%)

100% de distritos activos (15/15).

Cannabis Business Tax
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Shall an ordinance be adopted establishing a Cannabis Business Tax on gross receipts of cannabis businesses from the sale of cannabis and related products, whether at wholesale or retail, at a rate not to exceed 10%, with initial rates of 5% (retailers), 2% (manufacturers), 4% (cultivators), and 1% (distributors and nurseries) estimated to raise $334,000 to $1,423,000 to fund unrestricted general revenue purposes, such as street repair, parks and police, until ended by voters?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

City Attorney, City of Goleta

Measure Z2018 was placed on the ballot by the Goleta City Council and, if approved by a majority of Goleta voters, will amend the Municipal Code to impose a local gross receipts tax on the sale of cannabis and cannabis products by cannabis businesses operating within the City. Measure Z2018 is a revenue raising measure only. It does not amend the City’s existing cannabis land use or business licensing regulations.

If approved, Measure Z2018 would impose a business tax on every cannabis business operating within the City, both wholesale and retail, of up to ten percent (10%) of all revenue. The initial tax rates would be as follows:

Adult Use Retail:         5% of gross receipts

Cultivation:                  4% of gross receipts

Manufacturing:            2% of gross receipts

Distribution:                1% of gross receipts

Nurseries:                   1% of gross receipts

Medicinal Use:            0% of gross receipts

Testing:                       0% of gross receipts

If a cannabis business engages in multiple activities, the tax applicable to that business is capped at ten percent (10%).

The above tax rates set by Measure Z2018 can be increased or decreased by the City Council, provided they do not exceed the voter-approved maximum rate of ten percent (10%) of gross receipts.

All revenue from this tax would be deposited into the City’s General Fund and could be used for general City governmental operations and services. If approved, Measure Z2018 is anticipated to generate between $334,000 and $1,423,000 annually in revenue to the City. Pursuant to state law, a majority of votes cast is required to adopt this general tax.

The City currently allows all of the commercial cannabis activities proposed to be taxed, subject to issuance of land use permits and a business license.

A “yes” vote on Measure Z2018 is to approve the cannabis business tax. A “no” vote on Measure Z2018 is to reject the cannabis business tax.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure Z2018. If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the City Clerk’s office at (805) 961-7505 or email your request to and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

/s/ Michael Jenkins
City Attorney

You may also access the full text of the measure on the Upcoming Elections page of the County Election Office’s website at

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Voters in Goleta overwhelmingly supported Proposition 64, which legalized recreational cannabis and passed in November 2016 with the support of 62% of City voters.

Following legalization, the City of Goleta sought public input and updated its ordinances related to cannabis land uses and business activities. The City recognizes the desire of the voters to move cannabis use from the black market into a regulated industry. The ordinances establish standards for enforcement to protect against crime. They also establish buffers around schools and residential neighborhoods with public review of applications for retail establishments. To eliminate unwanted odor, outdoor cultivation is prohibited, and an odor abatement program is required.

This measure would create a new tax on cannabis business activities and allow the City to enforce the goals of our ordinance. By taxing the industry, we can ensure compliance and help eradicate illegal activities. Approval of this ballot measure would establish a maximum total tax of 10% for cannabis businesses, with initial rates of 5% (retail); 2% (manufacturing); 4% (indoor cultivation); and 1% (distribution & nurseries). Cannabis testing and medical marijuana would not be taxed.

The revenues generated from this “general tax” will become a part of the General Fund, which will go toward compliance enforcement, public safety officers, and other general services such as parks and roads. Unless you are a cannabis cultivator or user, you will not pay one cent of this tax. Whether you agree with the legalization of cannabis or not, it is critical that we tax the industry to ensure the City receives the funds it needs for compliance and enforcement.

Please join us in supporting Measure Z2018 to ensure that cannabis operators pay their fair share.

The undersigned proponent(s) or author(s) of the primary argument in favor of ballot proposition Z2018 at the General Municipal Election for the City of Goleta to be held on November 6, 2018 hereby state that the argument is true and correct to the best of his/her/their knowledge and belief.


/s/ Paula Perotte, Mayor, Goleta City Council 
/s/ Stuart Kasdin, Mayor Pro Tempore, Goleta City Council 
/s/ Roger S. Aceves, Councilmember, Goleta City Council 
/s/ Michael T. Bennett, Councilmember, Goleta City Council 
/s/ Kyle Richards, Councilmember, Goleta City Council

— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

Argumento EN CONTRA


— Santa Barbara County Clerk, Recorder, and Assessor and Registrar of Voters

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