A measure to levy a half-cent sales tax in San Pablo won handily, according to preliminary results with all precincts reporting Wednesday morning.

Measure Q is expected to raise about $790,000 a year to fund general city services, although the ballot language singles out public safety, gang prevention, youth services and job creation and training.

Because the tax measure is not earmarked for any specific service, it only required a simple majority to pass. With all precincts reporting, 73 percent of the 1,841 votes cast were in favor of the measure.

Measure Q will raise the total sales tax in San Pablo to 8.75 percent. The tax will last 10 years, starting with a half-cent on the dollar for the first five years and decreasing to a quarter-cent on the dollar in the sixth through 10th years.

The city faced a $3.3 million deficit at the beginning of the current fiscal year that it eliminated through a combination of staff and service cuts, retirements and benefit concessions.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760.



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