Measure S Information

Measure S, an increase of ½ percent to the transactions and use tax, was approved by 63% of Downey voters in November 2016 and will go 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:

  • Maintaining a city-run Police Department and Fire Department, which ensures quick response times to Downey emergencies, saving lives and keeping our community safe
  • Enhancing police services to support crime, gang and drug prevention programs like safe and supervised activities for kids that keep them off the streets, away from gangs and out of trouble
  • Putting more officers on the street and improving law enforcement response times to all neighborhoods in our city
  • Ensuring adequate funding for parks, youth and senior programs and keeping Downey one of the safest cities, with the highest quality of life, in the area
  • Investing in early repairs of streets and sidewalks to continue to improve Downey’s business community and avoid extremely costly repairs in the future

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 April 1, 2017, sales tax will be 9.25%.

Note: Los Angeles County voters have approved additional sales tax increases (Measure M at 0.5% and Measure H at 0.25% for 10 years) which will result in County sales tax increases beginning in July 2017.




January 2017

Start Recruiting New Police Officers

April 2017

Businesses Begin Charging Measure S sales tax

City Council begins forming the Citizens Oversight Committee

June 2017

City Council finalizes list of projects

After July 2017

Issue Bond Financing to Fund Projects

September 2017

City begins receiving Measure S sales tax funds

January 2037

Measure S Expires







Community Mailer
Measure Informational Fact Sheet
Downey Finance Measure Survey 
For questions or more information, please contact the City Manager's Office at (562) 904-7284.


Agenda Report (click here) & Adopted Resolutions

Resolution No. 16-7654 - Requesting the LA County Board of Supervisors Consolidate an Election for a Transactions and Use Tax Measure

Resolution No. 16-7655 - Transactions and Use Tax Measure Authorizing Certain Council Members to Prepare Primary Written Argument & Directing City Attorney to Prepare Impartial Analysis

Resolution No. 16-7656 - Authorizing Rebuttal Arguments for the Transaction and Use Tax Measure

Resolution No. 16-7657 - Creating Independent Citizens' Oversight Committee

Proposed Transaction and Use Tax Ordinance (
click here)

Notice Placing Measure on the Ballot - (
English) (Spanish) (Korean) (Chinese)

Please refer to California Election Code Section 9280-9287 for information on how to submit an Argument In Favor of/Opposition Opposed to the Ballot Measure. Please refer to the below forms for additional information & instructions. Forms must accompany your submittal.

Argument and Rebuttal Form (
click here)
Authorization for Another Person to Sign Rebuttal (
click here)