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City's Local Revenue Measure Provided $7.3 Million for Essential Community Services and Infrastructure Maintenance

Post Date:03/29/2019 1:15 PM

Neighborhood street paving and funding for public safety accounted for nearly half of the $7.3 million in Local Revenue Measure funds spent by the City during the 2017-18 fiscal year, according to the Annual Community Report released this week.

The Local Revenue Measure (also referred to as Measure G), was initially approved by City voters in 2006, then extended for another eight years in the 2014 election. The measure established a one-half percent sales tax that is used to protect and maintain essential community services and infrastructure such as open space preservation, bike lanes and sidewalks, public safety, neighborhood street paving and code enforcement, flood protection and senior programs.

A Citizens’ Revenue Enhancement Oversight Commission, comprised of City residents, reviews revenues and expenditures from the measure and makes recommendations directly to the City Council about how the money should be spent.

Last year, $2.9M (41 percent) was directed toward neighborhood street paving. The Madonna and Los Osos Valley Road project included neighborhood repaving, new striping, bike lane improvements, pedestrian crosswalk and ADA upgrades and used recycled pavement materials. Dana Street, and the intersections at Palm/Johnson and Palm/Toro were also replaced and upgraded for ADA accessibility and new pavement. $1.4M (19 percent) was directed toward public safety, which included funding for police officers and replaced patrol and emergency services vehicles. Other projects and services funded by the measure include:

  • Flood Protection (9%)
  • Open Space Preservation (8%)
  • Parks and Recreation / Senior Programs and Facilities (7%)
  • Traffic Congestion Relief / Safety Improvements (6%)
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvements (5%)
  • Code Enforcement (4%)
  • Other Vital Services and Capital Projects (1%)

Local Revenue Measure funds also helped pay for major maintenance and upgrades to the City/County Library. In partnership with the County, the facility saw major maintenance upgrades to the roof, windows, and paint throughout. The elevator was modernized and improved, as well as renovated for ADA compliance and accessibility. The project also included a new HVAC system throughout the facility.

There are many exciting projects to look forward to in 2018-19 and several have already been completed including the Laurel Lane Complete Streets project which shortened crossing distances at intersections and adding buffered bicycle lanes significantly improving walking and biking safety. The City also purchased and permanently protected the 266-acre Miossi Open Space. The new open space will provide recovery benefits to a variety of rare plants and animals and link existing trails connecting Poly Canyon to the West Cuesta Ridge area, providing outstanding views of the Pacific Ocean.

A report in brief was included in all March city utility bills and the full report is available online here.

Contact: Ryan Betz, Assistant to the City Manager

 Madonna at Oceanaire

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