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Completely Compliance - Looking Back at 2016 Ballot Results

by DMA Staff | Feb 06, 2017

In the last issue of Completely Compliance, we noted a few bills that were on the November 8th ballot. Below are voting results for those and other significant bills.

Residents of Atlanta and Fulton County have voted positively to new taxes. For those inside the city limits, a new 0.5% tax will be allocated for all MARTA and transit projects. Also in Atlanta, a 0.4% tax increase for T-SPLOST or Transportation-Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax will assist in completing capital projects for transportation purposes. MARTA was approved by 71% and the Atlanta T-SPLOST was approved by 68%. Voters outside the city limits, but inside the Fulton County boundaries approved another T-SPLOST tax of 0.75% by a 53% vote. The taxes will be in effect from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2022.

Missourians voted in favor of Amendment 4 that would prohibit a new state or local tax on a service or transaction provided it was not already taxed prior to January 1, 2015. The amendment was approved with 57% of the vote.

In Nevada, voters approved the amendment to Article 10, The Medical Patient Tax Relief Act, which will exempt:

1. Medical equipment such as drug infusion devices, feeding pumps, apnea monitors and hospital beds, bath and shower aids.

2. Oxygen delivery equipment such as oxygen tanks, concentrators, ventilators, CPAP machines and nebulizers.

3. Mobility enhancing equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, canes and crutches.

The amendment was approved with 68% of the vote.

In Oklahoma, State Question 779 was rejected with 853,573 or 59% of voters saying no to an additional 1% excise tax on gross receipts. The additional revenue would have gone toward improving education by way of teacher pay increases and expansion of various educational programs.

One ballot vote that was causing a lot of attention was Oregon’s Measure 97. The measure would have established for C-corporations a minimum tax of $30,000 plus 2.5% of gross sales that exceed $25 million. The ballot measure was intended to provide additional tax revenue for the state of Oregon to further fund education, healthcare, and senior services. The measure was rejected by voters with 59% of the vote.

The people of Fairfax County, Virginia voted to reject the 2016 Meals Tax Referendum which would levy a 4% meals tax to be used between school funding and county services. The Referendum was defeated by a 54% nay vote.