Richmond voters reject measure to raise sales tax

June 8, 2011 6:59:38 AM PDT
Voters in Richmond have rejected an effort by city officials to raise the sales tax to record levels.

Voters rejected Measure D by 57 percent. It would have raised the sales tax to 10.25 percent. At the same time, 57 percent of voters passed Measure C, an advisory measure to D. It advises the city to spend any new revenues from a higher sales tax on schools and social services. But since Measure D failed, there will be no more sales tax revenue to spend in those areas.