Measure H


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Measure H will be on the ballot for Los Angeles County voters in Los Angeles CountyCalifornia, on March 7, 2017, a two-thirds supermajority is required for passage.

A yes vote is a vote in favor of authorizing a 0.25 percent county sales tax for 10 years in order to fund homeless services and prevention.

A no vote is a vote against authorizing a 0.25 percent county sales tax for 10 years in order to fund homeless services and prevention.


Approval of Measure H would authorize the County of Los Angeles to impose a one-quarter percent (0.25%) special transactions and use tax on the gross receipts of any retailer from the sale of all personal property in the incorporated and unincorporated territory of the County.

This Measure was placed on the ballot by resolution of the County Board of Supervisors. Proceeds from the Tax will be used to generate ongoing funding to prevent and combat homelessness within Los Angeles County, including funding mental health, substance abuse treatment, health care, education, job training, rental and housing subsidies, case management and services, emergency and affordable housing, transportation, outreach, prevention, and supportive services for homeless children, families, foster youth, veterans, battered women, seniors, disabled individuals, and other homeless adults, consistent with the strategies developed through the Homeless Initiative adopted by the Board, and as otherwise directed by the Board to address the causes and effects of homelessness.

The Ordinance provides that the County shall contract with the California State Board of Equalization (“SBE”) to administer the Tax. The Ordinance requires the SBE contract ensure the combined local transactions and use tax rate limit (currently two (2) percent) is not exceeded in any city or district such that the Tax, when aggregated with all other transactions and use taxes within the city or district subject to the combined rate limit will

(1) not cause the rate of all such taxes to exceed the combined rate limit,

(2) not cause any person subject to the Tax to pay more than combined rate, and

(3) have no impact on the revenue received by each city and district from transactions and use taxes previously imposed. 

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