Funding Measure To Voters
July 3, 2018
Santa Maria City Council votes unanimously
to place Local Funding measure extension before voters
The Santa Maria City Council voted unanimously tonight to place the Santa Maria Public Safety/Essential Services Measure for voter consideration on the November 6, 2018 ballot. This would extend and enhance the existing quarter-cent sales tax approved by City voters in 2012. If enacted by voters, the one cent sales tax measure would provide about $18 million annually to protect vital local public safety and quality of life services.
“We are pleased to place this issue on the ballot for consideration by the community,” City Manager Jason Stilwell said. “Over the last few months, we have engaged nearly a thousand residents at more than two dozen community events on their local priorities. We have heard loud and clear that our residents want to protect Measure U’s locally-controlled public safety funds.
“Since Measure U was approved in 2012, our City has benefitted from locally-controlled funding,” Stilwell said. “Our residents told us over and over that they particularly value the public safety services that Measure U funds. If approved, this Measure U extension will allow our City to maintain and enhance the public safety and quality of life services that our residents want and deserve.”
Priorities identified by residents in a pair of community surveys conducted this spring by the City included: supporting gang suppression and crime prevention efforts, protecting prompt 9-1-1 response times, staffing all fire stations, and maintaining at-risk youth programs - all services that the funding from this measure would support if enacted.
“The City needs a dependable revenue source to fund our vital City services,” Mayor Alice Patino said. “This local measure, if enacted by voters, will maintain our dependable revenue stream that can never be taken by the State. Maintaining this local funding will help our local Police Department and Fire Department build on our success and keep Santa Maria an excellent place to live. We look forward to talking with Santa Maria residents about our City’s needs and look forward to hearing from them in November.”
Department: City Manager’s Office
Contact Person: Mark van de Kamp, Public Information Manager
Telephone Number: (805) 925-0951 ext. 2372 or (805) 720-4038
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