Measure X - Sales Tax


Information on Sales Tax Measure X

A Public Safety and Essential City Services Measure


Measure X Citizen Oversight Committee Application - Due January 9, 2019

Committee members will be appointed by the City Council in February 2019.   The Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC)  will be comprised of seven voting members.  All COC members shall be City of Oceanside residents, eligible to vote, and shall have demonstrated expertise in accounting, finance, engineering, construction, or municipal government.  Current City employees and current elected/appointed officials are not eligible for membership.  [City Code section 34.6.16.D.]

In addition to the qualifications above, and in order to provide for broad representation, the following are eligible for appointments as members of the COC in the following categories:

1.  One member recommended by the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce or active in the business community.

2.  One member recommended by the San Diego County Taxpayers Association.

3.  Two members recommended by the City of Oceanside's Public Safety Associations.

4.  Two members qualified in one of the following fields:  accounting, finance, engineering, construction, municipal government.

5.  One member who is active in the Oceanside community at large.

Applications, due January 9, 2019, should be filed with the City Clerk's Office and will be active for one year.

Terms for the COC are four years, with a maximum tenure of two four-year terms.   The COC will meet as often as necessary to accomplish their goals.   The first meeting will be held on 2/28/2019.


Bylaws of the Measure X Citizens' Oversight Committee

Responsible Spending Pledge


The City conducted a Revenue Measure Feasibility Study Summary Report in November, 2017.

The City Council voted on June 6, 2018, to place a measure on the November 6, 2018, ballot.  Staff Report

The Registrar of Voters assigned the Measure letter X.  Measure X would raise the sales tax in the City of Oceanside by 1/2 percent for a period of seven years.  

Measure X passed on November 6, 2018.  Election results.  Beginning April 1, 2019, the sales tax rate in Oceanside will be 8.25%.

The City Council approved the establishment of the Citizens' Oversight Committee, Ordinance, and Spending Pledge on November 28, 2018.  Staff Report


Oceanside is a great place to live, do business, raise a family and retire.  We are proud that a recent survey of Oceanside residents showed very high favorability for the quality of life and the quality of city services. The City of Oceanside has identified urgent needs that must be met to help make our city even better.



The cost of public safety is increasing every year and the City needs additional resources to maintain safety and our level of police officers, firefighter/paramedics, and lifeguards. 


Improving local streets, sidewalks and essential infrastructure will help keep Oceanside safe. Making necessary improvements to our streets and repairing potholes ensures that our streets and sidewalks enhance and complement rather than detract from our beautiful, natural environment.




Our City’s first priority is protecting the safety of our citizens and maintaining a quality of life we all value in our community. To provide stable, local funding to meet these needs, the City of Oceanside placed a one-half cent sales tax measure, Measure X, on the November 2018 ballot.  Local funding can:

  • Ensure that we have enough police officers to respond quickly to 9-1-1 emergencies and reduce gang activity and drug-related crime
  • Ensure that we have enough firefighter/paramedics and lifeguards to respond quickly to 9-1-1 emergencies
  • Repair potholes and maintain local streets
  • Keep public areas clean and free of graffiti
  • Provide fire protection, lifeguards, and emergency medical services
  • Repair, maintain, and enhance public infrastructure including sidewalks, storm drains and other infrastructure improvements



  • All money raised by Measure X remains here in Oceanside and could not be taken away by the State
  • Measure X requires independent citizens' oversight and public audits
  • The sales tax measure will  last for a duration of 7 years and any extension would require another vote by the people