Measure X - Sales Tax


Information on Sales Tax Measure X

A Public Safety and Essential City Services Measure


The City Council reviewed the Measure X Spending Plan in the Budget Workshop on April 17, 2019, and approved the Spending Plan as part of the Fiscal Year 2019/20 Budget on June 6, 2019.  Measure X Spending Plan Year 1.


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.  Election results.  Beginning April 1, 2019, the sales tax rate in Oceanside is 8.25%.

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.   

The Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC)  is comprised of seven voting members.  All COC members are City of Oceanside residents, eligible to vote, and 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 COC includes:

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 were due January 9, 2019, and were 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.  All meeting dates and agendas can be found on the Committee web page and below:

  •  2/28/2019 meeting -  Agenda.  
  •  3/21/2019 meeting -  Agenda


Bylaws of the Measure X Citizens' Oversight Committee

Responsible Spending Pledge

Measure X Spending Plan Year 1


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