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Measure U – City of Sacramento
“To restore and protect essential public safety services, including 9-1-1 response, police officers, gang/youth violence prevention, fire protection/emergency medical response, and other essential services including park maintenance, youth/senior services, and libraries, shall the City enact a one-half cent sales tax for six years with all revenue legally required to stay in the City’s General Fund, none for the State, with independent annual financial audits and citizen oversight?”
This half-cent sales tax is vitally important to restore the cuts that have devastated our City.
We have been forced to cut over $100 million from our City budget over the last five years. This means over 150 police officers lost, community policing programs and gang prevention programs eliminated, three fire station brownouts and reduced coverage by our firefighters. It has also meant the elimination of most youth and senior services, reduced library hours, drastic cutbacks to park maintenance and safety, partial closure of community centers and clubhouses, and the closure next year of all community pools. We have no way to predict what will happen at the state level, but without additional local revenue, we will have to make even deeper cuts.
The City Council unanimously voted to place Measure U on the ballot. Seven councilmembers have expressly endorsed it. Measure U incorporates suggestions by the business community, such as independent citizen oversight, independent annual audits, and a six-year sunset provision so the tax expires automatically without a second vote of the people.
Vote Yes on Measure U to restore and protect vital public safety programs. Over the past few years, Sacramento has already cut over $100 million. Without additional revenue we will be forced to make even deeper cuts. Vote Yes on U to restore 9-1-1 response times and bring them closer to the national standards. Since 2008 Sacramento has cut over $35 million from the police department and lost over 150 officers. Today only 8% of home burglaries are investigated. Community policing, narcotics units, gang units and traffic safety teams have been cut or eliminated. Measure U will restore these critical services.
Vote Yes on U to ensure that all our fire engines are fully staffed and operational seven days a week. Sacramento has continued to grow and call volume has increased 220% since 1985. Unfortunately, budget cuts have reduced our fire department staffing to pre-1980 levels. Measure U will increase fire protection and reduce response times.
Vote Yes on U to help keep our neighborhoods safe by restoring gang prevention programs and after school programs that target at-risk youth. Youth services have been cut, sport camps and youth employment programs eliminated, U will help restore these programs and keep community centers open.
Park staff and services have been cut in half. Measure U will restore community centers, senior centers, pools and libraries. Measure U will help Sacramento maintain parks and keep facilities clean. Measure U is a temporary tax that expires after six years and requires independent audits to ensure that these funds are spent as promised.
Vote Yes on Measure U to ensure that our local tax dollars stay in our community.
Please join community leaders, small businesses, police officers, firefighters and neighborhood groups and vote Yes on U to restore key services and stabilize our city.
Supporters (partial list):
Steve Cohn, Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Councilmember Darrell Fong, Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Councilmember Rob Fong, Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Councilmember Kevin McCarty, Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Councilmember Bonnie Pannell, Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Councilmember Jay Schenirer , Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Councilmember Sandy Sheedy, Councilmember, City of Sacramento
Darrell Steinberg, President Pro Tem, California State Senate
Rick Braziel, Police Chief, City of Sacramento
Ray Jones, Fire Chief, City of Sacramento
Araceli Mercado, Parks Commissioner, City of Sacramento
Mark Abrahams, President, Land Park Neighborhood Association*
Phil Pluckebaum, President, River Park Neighborhood Association*
Randall Selland, Small Business Owner / Restauranteur
Sacramento County Central Labor Council
Sacramento County Democratic Party
Sacramento Association of Realtors
Sacramento Area Congregations Together (ACT)
Yes on U—Restore City Services
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