In June of 2008 the voters of Pismo Beach approved an increase of a half-cent in the local sales tax rate in order to provide the City of Pismo Beach additional monies to maintain and repair the city’s infrastructure including:
Stairways to the beach
The additional monies received from the tax are tracked in a special
fund, called the Half-Cent Sales Tax / Measure “C” Fund. Every penny
generated by the additional Half Cent Sales Tax stays in Pismo Beach, to
be used for the needs and services of our residents and the city.
Over the past 5 years, the city has received $5.2 million through the
Half-Cent Sales Tax and has used these funds exclusively for paving
streets citywide, our pier, and downtown sidewalk repairs.
Maintaining the city’s infrastructure is a vital responsibility of city
government and an on-going maintenance requirement. When this tax was
approved by Pismo Beach voters, the cost estimates for potential
infrastructure projects included $1.2 million in storm drain repairs,
$4.8 million in sidewalk repairs, and $10 million in street paving
repairs, for a total of $16 million. In 5 years, the $5.2 million
collected from Half-Cent Sales Tax is less than 1/3 of the funding
identified for infrastructure projects.
Voter / Resident Contributions
Visitors pay 70% of this tax and residents pay 30%, with residents receiving a "tourism dividend" -
100% of the benefit of improved infrastructure in neighborhoods and throughout the city.
Taking Care of City Infrastructure
59,092 Square Feet of Pier