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Measure U

Paid For By Measure UVoters overwhelmingly passed Measure U in November of 2012 as a temporary ½-cent sales tax proposed to restore and protect City services. The intent was to restore police and fire services, park maintenance and other essential services that were cut between 2008 and 2013. The City estimates about $27 million in revenue per year will result from Measure U’s passage.

The sales tax took effect April 1, 2013 and will expire on March 31, 2019.

The following principles were adopted by the City Council to guide the allocation of Measure U resources:

“Resources will be allocated to the protection and restoration of City programs/services specifically enumerated in the Measure U ballot question as follows:

  • essential public safety services including, 9-1-1 response, police officers, gang/youth violence prevention, fire protection/emergency medical response
  • other essential services including park maintenance, youth/senior services and libraries”

A five member Measure U Citizens Oversight Committee was established this year. The committee is responsible for reviewing the City’s annual independent auditor report and preparing a report to the City Council documenting the revenue generated by Measure U, the services and programs funded by the proceeds, and the results of their review.

Parks and Recreation – $4.7 million per year

  • We were at 70 full time equivalent employees in park maintenance, now we have 91 maintaining our parks, up 21 full time positions over fiscal year 2012-13.
  • We have one Superintendent, two additional Irrigation Technicians, 11 Park Maintenance Workers, and 15 seasonal workers that will be working April-October to maintain 220 parks.
  • Edging, blowing, weeding and pruning – from once per month to twice per month
  • Irrigation repair response time from five days to two days with the additional irrigation techs.
  • High use periods of April thru October – restroom cleaning, park site inspections and litter removal from once per day, seven days a week to twice per day, seven days a week.
  • We restored seven sports programs and activities for kids, teens and seniors at six community centers. Since re-launching the classes in January, seven of 11 youth sports programs are at or near capacity. After school programs are greater than half filled.
  • Opened 11 pools and five wading pools.
  • One time Measure U dollars are being spent on water infrastructure renovation projects. The projects focused on bringing infrastructure up to code to ensure high quality drinking water. Plans are underway to improve the drinking water at six parks. Projects should be completed by fall of this year.

Police – $11.8 million

  • From a low of 653 sworn officers in fiscal year 2012-13, the department now has 694.
  • We were able to retain 60 Police Officers whose positions where previously funded by federal grants, which are expiring.
  • Ten Police Officer positions have been filled with full-time career officers in Field & Operations. They were among the 21 new recruits the Police Department hired in December 2013. These positions have allowed for increased proactive deployment, response times to crimes in progress, and gang and traffic enforcement.
  • We added a Crime Analyst to further integrate patrol functions with investigative elements to improve public safety.
  • We filled four Forensic Investigator positions to allow for additional sworn officers to be shifted back to the streets and increase capacity to conduct fingerprint examination and identification.
  • Four Dispatcher positions were filled. These positions have allowed the department to receive cellular 911 calls, reduce call wait times and increase response times.

Fire – $8.5 million per year

  • Three of the four rotating fire company brownouts have been restored. This means 12 positions per Fire Company have been added back, for a total of 36 positions. All but one Fire Company has been restored. The affected neighborhoods consistently have an open fire company and resources in their neighborhood.
  • Additionally, Fire was able to maintain 27 grant-funded positions with Measure U. The positions would have been eliminated in December of 2013 without it.
  • Restored a Senior Fire Prevention Officer to provide more oversight and more business inspections with an associated higher level of revenue.

Animal Care $85,000

  • One Animal Control Officer was added.

Sacramento Public Library $506,000

  • Partially restored services

Total Measure U restorations $25.7 million

For a complete budget of Measure U budgeted expenditures, please visit page 15 in the budget overview of the FY2013/14 approved budget.