Measure X - Sales Tax

A Public Safety and Essential City Services Measure

Measure X was a ballot intiative on the November 2018 ballot that raised Oceanside's sales tax 1/2 cent for a period for seven years, beginning on April 1, 2019.  Measure X passed on November 6, 2018, with 55.7% of Oceanside's vote.  Starting April 1, 2019, the sales tax rate in Oceanside is 8.25%.

Measure X revenue is used solely to enhance public safety, improve road conditions, bolster the City's infrastructure, and aid in homelessness.  The expenditures are reviewed by a Citizen Oversight Committee, which makes recommendations to the City Council.

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There is a Special Meeting of the Citizen's Oversight Committee on Monday, September 26, 2022, at 1:00 p.m. The next meeting after the Special Meeting is December 15, 2022, at 2:00 p.m. in the City Council Chambers.  Agendas are posted at least 72 hours in advance.

 Citizens Oversight Committee Meetings - 2022 Calendar

History of Measure X

  • 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, by 55.7% of voters. Starting April 1, 2019, the sales tax rate in Oceanside is 8.25%.

Citizens Oversight Committee Background

The City Council approved the establishment of the Citizens Oversight Committee, Ordinance, and Spending Pledge on November 28, 2018. Staff Report  Citizens Oversight Committee members were appointed by the City Council on February 6, 2019.  

Committee web page.


Bylaws of the Measure X Citizens Oversight Committee

Responsible Spending Pledge

More Information on Measure X

September 2022 video update

Measure X video overview

Measure X flyer

Measure X video outlining efforts to diminish homelessness