Half Cent Sales Tax

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:
  • Sidewalks
  • Stairways to the beach
  • Storm drains
  • Streets
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.

Projected Costs
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
59,092 Square Feet of Pier
242,880 Feet of Streets
242,880 Feet of Streets
194,300 Feet of Sidewalks
194,300 Feet of Sidewalks
104,312 Feet of Storm Drains
104,312 Feet of Storm Drains
9 Public Restrooms
9 Public Restrooms
21 Trails
21 Trails
6 Beach Stairways
6 Beach Stairways
4 Seawalls
4 Seawalls
Proposed Projects
  • Basketball Courts
  • Bluffs HOA Fence Repair
  • Boeker Street Overlook
  • Dell Court / Price Canyon St.
  • Downtown Sidewalk Repair
  • Encanto Storm Drain
  • Heights and Downtown Master Drainage Study
  • Longview and Merced St.
  • Pier Plaza Seawall
  • Resurfacing
  • Shell Beach Master Drainage Study
  • Shell Beach Road
  • Street Paving