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The Measure "Y"
1/2-cent sales tax passed with 65% of the voter approval in November
2006 and was adopted in April 2007. Measure "Y" contains a sunset
provision meaning that it will expire on March 31, 2015 unless
reauthorized by the voters at a general election prior to that time. If
the voters do not reauthorize Measure Y, the 1/2-cent additional sales
tax would no longer be collected by retailers in the City of San Luis
Obispo beginning April 1, 2015.
The added revenue
from Measure "Y" supports
major improvements in the key areas our community expressed concerns
public safety service levels, with an initial emphasis in
police services on neighborhood patrols and traffic safety; and in
fire services on prevention and training.
- Restoring the
neighborhood street paving program and catching up on
deferred street maintenance.
- Reducing and
managing traffic congestion.
flood protection, including silt removal in our creeks and
better maintenance of storm drains.
senior services, including remodeling the existing Senior
Center and planning ahead for the future.
neighborhood code enforcement by adding a code
enforcement officer and expanding the "SNAP" program.
funding for open space preservation.
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Additional major city
goals developed with community input include:
- Roller hockey
rink and skate park improvements
Roughly 67% of the Measure "Y" monies are distributed to projects and
programs implemented by the Public Works Department. This funding has
helped support an ambitious Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and with completed projects such as the Senior Center remodel, storm drain
replacements, numerous roadway improvements,
parks and playground improvements, creek bank stabilizations, and bike trails, the City is making
significant progress in meeting a number of its
goals. Additionally, many more improvement projects are under
construction, in design or in the planning stages!