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County of Tuolumne
Measure Q - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

9,744 votes yes (46.37%)

11,269 votes no (53.63%)

100% of precincts reporting (73/73).

21,486 ballots counted.

Shall the measure increasing the transient occupancy tax from ten percent (10%) to twelve percent (12%) and expanding application of the tax to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks in the unincorporated areas of Tuolumne County, to address the impacts of tourism on roads, emergency response and other County services, providing approximately $1,850,000 annually for unrestricted general revenue purposes until ended by voters, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

YES vote means

A “Yes” vote increases the Transient Occupancy Tax rate from 10% to 12% and expands its application to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks operative on July 1, 2020.

NO vote means

A “No” vote does not increase the Transient Occupancy Tax rate or expand its application to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks and the County would continue to collect the tax at its current rate.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Christopher Schmidt, Deputy County Counsel

The Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors proposes “Measure Q,” which, if approved would increase the Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) in the unincorporated areas of Tuolumne County (“County”) from ten percent (10%) to twelve percent (12%) and expand its application to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks. TOT is a tax charged to guests of hotels, motels, and similar short-term lodgings who stay for a period of 30 days or less. Hotel operators collect the tax when guests pay for their accommodations and then pay it monthly to the County.
TOT is a general tax, meaning the additional revenue generated by the increased TOT would be deposited in the County's general fund and may be used for any unrestricted general governmental purpose. Measure Q, if passed, would generate approximately $1,850,000 of additional revenue annually.

A "Yes" vote increases the Transient Occupancy Tax rate from 10% to 12% and expands its application to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks operative on July 1, 2020.

A "No" vote does not increase the Transient Occupancy Tax rate or expand its application to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks and the County would continue to collect the tax at its current rate.


The measure requires a simple majority vote for approval.

If you desire a copy of the ordinance or measure, please call the county elections official's office at (209) 533-5570 and a copy will be mailed at no cost to you.

Financial effect

Office of the Auditor-Controller of the County of Tuolumne pursuant to Section 9160(c) of the CA Elections Code

This ballot measure, if adopted by County voters, would increase the Transient occupancy Tax (TOT) in the unincorporated areas of Tuolumne County ("County") from ten percent (10%) to twelve percent (12%) and expand its application to campgrounds and recreational vehicle parks in the unicorporated ateas of the County, currently collecting no TOT tax. the effective date of the increase shall be July 1, 2020.

County Hotel/Motel revenues are based upon 2018-19 annual receipts of 4,730,464 with a 4%  growth and inludes estimated new collections from the campgrounds and RV parks.

Financial increase to Tuolumne County General Fund:

Fiscal Year 2020-21:

2% increase current Hotel/Motel TOT             $  980,000

Camprounds and RV Parks TOT (10 to 12%)   $  870,000

Total TOT increase                                        $1,850,000

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

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