Measure US oil tax shows lead in early results

Early results for Long Beach’s Measure US oil tax showed a strong lead with 61,782 votes, or 61.5% in favor, compared to 38.5% against the measure. The measure raises the tax rate on oil suppliers, which proponents say will raise funds to address racial inequities in the city, including community and youth programs.

Measure US would double the city’s general tax on business licenses for oil production to 30 cents per barrel.

An impartial analysis by the city attorney’s office estimates that the tax, if approved, could generate approximately $1.6 million in new revenue for the city’s general fund.

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Kelly Puente is an award-winning general assignment and special projects reporter at the Long Beach Post. She has worked as a journalist in Long Beach since 2006, covering everything from education and crime to courts and breaking news. Kelly previously worked at the Long Beach Press-Telegram and the Orange County Register before joining the Post in 2018. She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy and administration at Cal State Long Beach. Reach her at [email protected].