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Utility Tax to Include Changes In Technology and Laws
City of Santa Cruz
Majority Approval Required
Pass: 13,942 / 63.26% Yes votes ...... 8,096 / 36.74% No votes
Index of all Measures
|Results as of November 30 2:51pm, 100.00%% of Precincts Reporting (36/36)|
|Information shown below: Official Information | Impartial Analysis | Arguments ||
To preserve the safety and quality of life of the City of Santa Cruz through City services--including law enforcement, fire protection, emergency medical response, park maintenance and youth programs--and to ensure that all taxpayers are treated fairly, shall the City's existing utility users tax be broadened to include changes in technology and laws, and increased by 1.5%, while including protections for low-income residents and seniors, and ensuring that all funds remain local?
s/ John Barisone City Attorney
News and Analysis|
Santa Cruz Sentinel
Santa Cruz Sentinel
|Arguments For Measure H||Arguments Against Measure H|
|Santa Cruz needs Measure H to ensure that public safety services + police, fire
and emergency response + are fully staffed to meet community needs.
This is a challenging time for Santa Cruz, with serious public safety concerns affecting
all areas of our City. Santa Cruz residents have made it clear: Safety is a
We need fully staffed police and fire services for safety in our neighborhoods,
downtown, business districts, parks and schools.
The City has struggled to fund basic services over the past decade. It understands
the need to continually reexamine City services and how they're provided. It has already
eliminated over 100 positions, cut millions of dollars and streamlined operations.
It has proactively taken steps to increase the tax base, and employee
pensions are being reviewed ... but revenue shortfalls persist.
Police and fire services account for nearly 2/3 of the City's General Fund expenses
and they, too, have suffered cuts. This year, several public safety positions
were funded by temporary grants + but these positions cannot be sustained if revenues
do not keep up with costs.
Measure H will provide stable funding for public safety. It will make a real difference!
Measure H calls for a modest increase in the City's existing utility tax, and updates
the ordinance to reflect modern technology so all residents are treated fairly. The
added cost to a typical household will be about $5/month, with exemptions for
low-income residents and seniors.
The City Council has pledged that Measure H revenues will fight crime and gangs
plaguing our community...and all Measure H revenue will stay here in the local
Santa Cruz economy.
Our community faces a stark choice: we can risk cuts in public safety or we can
take action. Join us making safety a priority for Santa Cruz.
Vote YES on H.
s/ June Hoffman Co-owner, Hoffman's Bistro Past President, Downtown Association
s/ Rick Martinez Deputy Chief, Santa Cruz Police Department
s/ Michael Bethke Neighborhood Advocate
s/ Neal Coonerty 3rd District Supervisor, Santa Cruz County
s/ Bernice Robertson Community Volunteer, Jefferson Award Receipent
s/ Sean Patrick Tario Co-Founder, Santa Cruz Geeks
s/ Gina Locatelli Downtown Business Owner, Past President, Boys & Girls Club of Santa Cruz
s/ Aldo Giacchino Westside Community Activist Senior Coaliton
s/ Tom Walsh, Executive Director
|VOTE "NO" on Measure H
s/ Kevin Moon 5th Generation Santa Cruzan Senior Coalition
s/ William "Bill" Prouty, Board Member
s/ Helen Lynch 34-year Eastside Santa Cruz Resident
s/ John A. Mancini Trustee, Santa Cruz Law Library
s/ Robert Antonio Vallerga Disabled Senior, USAF Veteran
s/ George "Bud" Winslow Past President, Seniors Council
s/ Karen Darling Retired Innkeeper Past President, Democratic Women's Club
s/ Peggy Dolgenos Local Technology Business Owner
s/ Emily Reilly former Mayor of Santa Cruz
s/ Jeremy Neuner Co-founder, NextSpace