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May 23, 1995 | MICHAEL G. WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If voters reject a proposed half-cent sales tax, Orange County's plan to emerge from bankruptcy will unravel, jeopardizing the county's ability to fully repay schools, cities and other agencies that lost money in the county investment pool, the California state auditor said Monday. "The plan, as the county has structured it with a goal of 100% recovery to all of the players, will not succeed without this key element . . .
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 9, 1999 | NANCY HILL-HOLTZMAN and SEEMA MEHTA, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Traffic was so bad in Orange County nine years ago that voters broke a decades-long record of vetoing new taxes and approved a half-cent sales tax to pay for better roads and other transportation improvements. The promise at the time was that the Measure M tax would disappear in 2011. But a state amendment now under consideration in Sacramento may give new life to Measure M and make it easier for voters to extend the tax for 20 years.
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March 14, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
A measure that would link a countywide, half-cent sales tax for highways and transit projects to growth controls moved a step closer to the ballot Monday as a new, 20-year, $11.6-billion master plan for transportation improvements was unveiled by the Orange County Transportation Commission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 21, 1999 | Crystal Carreon, (714) 966-7835
Though such high-profile projects as The Block, Town and Country and Ford of Orange have generated a dramatic increase in sales tax revenue, the city is not experiencing an overall revenue windfall as would be expected in a booming economy, states a preliminary report on the fiscal 1999-2000 budget. The report, presented to City Council members this week and to be finalized in May, estimates only a 3.15% increase in the city's general funds next year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 19, 1990 | ERIC BAILEY
Friends and foes of Measure M came out swinging Thursday during the first debate on the controversial transportation sales tax for Orange County, with supporters saying it's urgently needed to ease the area's traffic woes and opponents arguing that it would be akin to issuing a blank check to leaders who cannot be trusted. The measure, which will be decided by voters Nov. 6, proposes a half-cent increase in the county's sales tax to raise $3.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 15, 1991 | JIM NEWTON
When a newly activated law enforcement group gathers for the first time today, it will leap immediately into the breach: By the end of the meeting, the Orange County Regional Justice Facilities Commission will have decided whether county voters should go to the polls in May to consider a half-cent sales tax for jail construction.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 1991 | MARLA CONE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Opponents of a sales-tax proposal that would raise money to build another county jail filed their ballot argument Friday, warning voters that a 6,700-bed facility in Gypsum Canyon would be an elaborate and costly "Taj Mahal" built at taxpayers' expense. "If this 30-year tax passes, Orange County will go from having the lowest sales tax in the state to having one of the highest--in one year," says the ballot argument, written by Anaheim Hills-area residents and officials. " . . .
NEWS
December 20, 1991 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN and JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County's ambitious transportation blueprint, approved by voters in 1990, was put in jeopardy Thursday by a potentially far-reaching California Supreme Court ruling. The court's decision does not directly affect Orange County because the case involved a San Diego sales-tax increase for courts and jails. But Orange County has a half-cent sales tax hike of its own to pay for transportation improvements, and some local leaders are worried that it could be vulnerable in light of the ruling.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 20, 1989 | RALPH FRAMMOLINO, Times Staff Writer
In what supporters said was a major setback, an Assembly committee put on hold Wednesday a bill that would ask Orange County residents to consider a half-cent sales tax increase next year to pay for a new central jail. Instead, reluctant members of the Assembly Local Government Committee decided to lump the county measure, sponsored by state Sen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1989 | GEORGE FRANK, Times Staff Writer
Major developers and other business people contributed more than $800,000 to promote Measure M, the initiative that would raise the sales tax in Orange County by a half cent to pay for billions of dollars in freeway improvements over the next two decades, campaign disclosure statements filed Friday showed. Some of the biggest contributors giving $25,000 or more to the campaign for the Nov. 7 ballot measure were Barratt American Inc., Disneyland, The Irvine Co., Buie Corp., Fieldstone Co.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 1997 | BILL BILLITER
A sharply divided City Council has delayed action on a controversial proposal that would allow its members to see merchants' state sales tax data. At Mayor Tom Carroll's request, the council agreed not to vote on the issue until its April 14 meeting. Carroll said that Monday night's session drew fewer people than usual because of the Academy Awards broadcast and that he would prefer to hear more public comment.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1996 | H.G. REZA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
County supervisors voted narrowly Tuesday to continue giving the Sheriff's Department the lion's share of millions raised each year from a special sales tax for law enforcement. The 3-2 vote made the policy permanent, despite objections from Supervisor Marian Bergeson who argued that future boards will not have the flexibility to use the funds where they are needed.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 7, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Capping a nearly yearlong battle to give Orange County the tools to recover from bankruptcy, Gov. Pete Wilson is scheduled to visit the county Monday to sign a package of bills designed to let local officials tap $810 million in transit revenue and other funds. The 3 p.m. signing ceremony at the Plaza of the Flags at the Civic Center in Santa Ana will include local and state officials who worked to push through the legislation. Supervisor William G.
NEWS
September 12, 1995 | ERIC BAILEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Assembly Speaker Doris Allen moved closer Monday to embracing Orange County's bankruptcy recovery plan, but the proposal drew fire from a handful of cities that have been holding out for the option of suing the county. Allen (R-Cypress) had stood in recent days as a potential roadblock to the plan, which will require state legislation to be implemented, but during a two-hour hearing on the measure Monday her complaints appeared to mostly melt away.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 4, 1995
Reducing the county's sales tax and comparing the wages of government employees with those of private sector workers have emerged as the top priorities for the Committees of Correspondence, a countywide citizens watchdog group. About 80 to 90 members of the organization discussed both issues at their monthly meeting Wednesday at Orange City Hall. Group leaders sought volunteers to help research ways to lower the sales tax from 7.75% to 5%. The group wants to decrease the sales tax rate by 0.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 1995 | SHELBY GRAD
Members of a citizens group that successfully fought against a sales tax increase in June are contemplating what to do as an encore. "We're wondering where to go from here," said Bill Ward, one of the leaders of the Committees of Correspondence, a loose association of more than a dozen community groups that has emerged as a player in the county's bankruptcy recovery efforts.
NEWS
July 9, 1989 | JEFFREY A. PERLMAN, Times Urban Affairs Writer
On the eve of a crucial vote to place a proposed half-cent sales tax increase for transportation projects on the November ballot, The Times Orange County Poll shows local voters almost evenly divided, with support slipping. Asked how they would vote on a ballot measure to raise the local sales tax from 6% to 6 1/2%, 48% of the respondents said they would favor it, 46% opposed it and 6% were unsure.
NEWS
January 27, 1991 | JIM NEWTON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Orange County residents consider jail overcrowding a serious issue that spills over into their communities, and they show surprisingly strong support for raising their own taxes to resolve it, a new survey reveals. Nearly half of all county residents questioned in a Times Orange County Poll said they were willing to pay higher sales taxes to build a new jail in Gypsum Canyon, about 10 miles east of Anaheim.
NEWS
June 30, 1995 | RENE LYNCH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Victorious but still embittered opponents of the failed sales tax hike spurned an offer from county supervisors Thursday to join with old foes and forge a more acceptable bankruptcy recovery plan. Speaker after speaker lashed out at the supervisors during a special Thursday meeting called, in part, to promote a new spirit of cooperation between the county's elected leaders, a majority of whom favored the tax increase, and the people who spearheaded Measure R's defeat at the polls.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 27, 1995 | RUSS LOAR
School board members are awaiting the outcome of today's vote on Measure R with mixed emotions. While some Irvine Unified School District trustees say the proposed half-cent sales tax increase is necessary to stabilize Orange County's finances, they acknowledge that its approval could kill local support for a school district parcel tax.
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