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League of Women Voters of California Education Fund
November 6, 2018 — Elección General de California

City of Redwood City
Measure RR - Majority Approval Required

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Resultados electorales


19,207 votos si (67.59%)

9,210 votos no (32.41%)

Shall the ordinance to fund essential city services such as protecting rapid 911 emergency response times; preventing the number of on-duty firefighters/paramedics/police officers; continuing after-school/recreation programs for children; and maintaining local library hours/programs by establishing a 0.5% sales tax, providing approximately $8,000,000 annually until repealed by voters, with exemptions for essential purchases like food/medicine, annual audits and all funds staying in Redwood City, be adopted?

¿Qué es esta propuesta?

Información básica sobre la iniciativa de ley — Información oficial sobre esta iniciativa

Análisis del analista legislativo / Proposal

Veronica Ramirez, City Attorney

The City Council of Redwood City voted 7-0 to place Measure RR on the ballot. The measure would establish a one-half of one cent use and transaction (sales) tax for general city purposes.

The proposed City of Redwood City Essential Services Protection Measure has the following key components:

 * It imposes a one-half cent sales tax on local sales transactions, excluding such essentials as groceries and medicines.

 * All funds generated by the measure would be placed in the City's General Fund to be used for the provision of City services. None of the funds could be taken by the State.

 * All funds generated by the measure would be included in the City's annual independent audit conducted by a certified public accountant.

 * A simple majority vote is needed for adoption (50% plus 1). Ithe measure if enacted stays in effect unless and until changed by the voters.

The City faces significant fiscal challenges in the coming years, mirroring dynamics throughout California. Though new development and increased downtown activity have increased property tax receipts and somehwat offset sales tax declines, projected revenue growth is not sufficient to cover increasing operating costs. The City is projected to have a multi-million dollar deficit in 2018-19 growing to over $12 million annually (10% of its operating budget) in five years, and increasing after that. To meet the deficit, the City has raised fees on development activity ($2 million) and made cost reductions in this year's adopted budget (approximately $3.7 million) including the elimination of 14.5 (vacant) and 1 filled staff positions. The City also has proactively moved to contain pension costs, requiring the highest employee contributions in the Bay Area and providing more modest benefits to new hires. Despite these efforts, the deficit will grow unless new revenues are generated or more significant cuts are made to essential City services.

If the measure is not approved by voters, the City will have to meet a budget deficit by making deeper reductions to City services such as police, fire, and paramedic services, library service hours, after school programs, and the like. Approximately 60% of the City's General Fund is budgeted for essential public safety services, including police, fire, and paramedics.

If the proposed measure is approved by the voters, the annual General Fund revenues from the sales tax are estimated at around $8.0 million. This amount would fluctuate depending upon economic conditions. Funds generated from this half-cent sales tax would be locally generated and would therefore be protected by the State Constitution from being captured by the State.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Argumento A FAVOR

Vote Yes on RR to keep Redwood City residents safe, libraries open, and afterschool programs strong.

Due to State mandated cost increases, Redwood City faces a structural budget deficit ahead. We have two options to make up the difference: pass Measure RR or make deep cuts to public safety and core services.

Here's what's at stake.

Public Safety services, including the number of on-duty firefighters, paramedics, and police officers. Measure RR ensures that paramedics, police officers, and firefighters are ready to help in the case of a 911 emergency. Without Measure RR, cuts to public safety services are on the horizon which could lead to slower 911 emergency response times.

Afterschool programs for Redwood City's kids. Thousands of Redwood City families and children count on city-run afterschool programs. Measure RR protects funding for these programs that keep local youth out of trouble and on the path to future success.

Library hours and services. Redwood City's libraries provide valuable services to local teens, seniors, and low income residents. Measure RR keeps our libraries open.

Vote Yes on RR: Keep Redwood City Safe and Strong

 * protect the safety of Redwood City residents

 * maintain the number of on-duty firefighters, paramedics, and police officers

 * provide recreation and afterschool programs that keep kids safe

 * continue library hours and programs

Measure RR: A Smart, Conservative Investment in the Safety of Our City

 * by law Measure RR cannot be taken by the State, ensuring our tax dollars stay local for the benefit of Redwood City residents

 * essential purchases like groceries and medicine are exempt from Measure RR

 * Measure RR only adds five cents to a $10 purchase - a small price to pay to keep Redwood City a great place to live, raise a family, and start a business

Join public safety leaders, local businesses and longtime residents, vote Yes on RR 


/s/ Mary Morrissey Parden, Small Business Owner

/s/ Janet Lawson, Library Board Member

/s/ Arnold Arreola

/s/ Ian Bain, Mayor of Redwood City

/s/ Jeff Ira, Lifetime Redwood City Resident 

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