Measure X FAQs 

  • What is Measure X?

Measure X is a county-wide general 0.5% sales tax providing a 20-year sustainable revenue source intended for public- and community-provided services.

  • Why does Contra Costa County need Measure X?

Without new revenue streams, essential services could face extreme budget cuts, especially now in light of COVID-19. This could result in: increased emergency and fire response wait times, reduced health clinic hours and delays in diagnostic tests and treatment, and increased waitlists for children’s programming. 

  • What services would Measure X fund?

Grounded in the County Needs Assessment compiled by local community organizations, labor unions and concerned citizens, Measure X would provide funding for critical services like fire and emergency, the regional hospital and mental health services, early childhood programs and other safety net services. 

  • How much funding would Measure X raise?

It is estimated that Measure X will raise $81 million annually.

  • What oversight will there be to ensure that Measure X funds these key priorities?

Following community participation and feedback, principles for an oversight framework will be proposed to the County Board of Supervisors in 2020 Q4.

  • What goods are exempt from sales tax?

A broad spectrum of essential goods is exempt from sales tax in California. This includes groceries, health services, prescription medicines, utilities (gas, electricity, water and steam), youth organizations selling food products and more. To find a full list, click here.

  • What percentage of the vote does Measure X need to get in order to pass?

As a general tax, Measure X needs 50% + 1 vote to pass.

  • Who supports Measure X?

An ever-growing coalition of non-profit service providers, businesses and labor unions support Measure X, including the East Bay Leadership Council, International Association of Fire Fighters, AFL-CIO, and First 5 Contra Costa. For a full list click here.

  • How can I learn more about Measure X? 

Watch our Voter Education Forums on YouTube. You can also contact our Field Coordinator Max Perrey at with any questions related to Measure X.

  • How can I get involved in the campaign? 

If you are a part of a civic or service non-profit, labor union, business association or community or advocacy organization, we would greatly appreciate your endorsement and help outreaching to voters! To schedule a presentation, or plug into existing volunteer efforts, please contact Field Coordinator Max Perrey at with any questions related to Measure X.


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