Measure S, an increase of ½ percent to the transactions and use tax, was approved by 63% of Downey voters in November 2016 and went into effect on April 1, 2017.
Measure S is expected to generate approximately $9 million per year to protect and enhance the quality of services to the community, including:
Measure S requires an independent citizens’ oversight to ensure funds are spent properly. The Measure expires in 20 years and cannot be renewed without voter approval.
What Sales Tax Rate do I pay in Downey?
As of July 2017, sales tax in Downey is 10.25%.
Note: Los Angeles County voters approved additional sales tax increases (Measure M at 0.5% and Measure H at 0.25% for 10 years) which resulted in County sales tax increases beginning in July 2017.
|November 2016||Measure S is Approved by Downey Voters|
|January 2017||Began Recruiting New Police Officers|
|April 2017||Businesses Began Charging Measure S Sales Tax|
|June 2017||City Council Finalized List of Projects|
|September 2017||City Began Receiving Measure S Sales Tax Funds|
|November 2017||City Issued Bond Financing to Fund Projects|
City Begins Requesting Proposals for Measure S Projects