Measure V asks voters whether the County Utility Users Tax, which is levied only in the unincorporated portions of the County of Alameda, should be extended to June 30, 2033. If approved, this Measure would maintain the current tax rate at 6.5 percent, extend it to 2033, and make other clarifying and administrative changes to the existing tax ordinance. Without voter approval of this Measure, the current tax will automatically expire on June 30, 2021.
The current Utility Users Tax for specified services in the unincorporated areas (e.g., Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, San Lorenzo, Sunol) was approved by the Board of Supervisors in December 1992. It has been extended three times by a majority of voters, in 1996, 2000, and 2008. All current tax exemptions and exclusions, including but not limited to, those for low-income or lifeline utility users, would remain in place. The tax shall be collected insofar as practicable at the same time as and along with the charges made in accordance with the regular billing practices of the service supplier.
The measure has no effect on utility users taxes that may have been, or will be, enacted by individual cities within the County and does not apply in the cities of Alameda, Albany, Berkeley, Dublin, Emeryville, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Newark, Oakland, Piedmont, Pleasanton, San Leandro, or Union City.
Source: County Counsel's Impartial Analysis of Measure V