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Existing Measure U Restoration of Services

August 31, 2018

Measure U is a 1-cent sales tax, proposed on the Nov. 6, 2018 ballot, to maintain and enhance City services, including public safety, and allow the City to invest in youth, affordable housing, and inclusive economic development. Download a fact sheet on the Proposed Measure U.

What has the existing Measure U provided to citizens?

Voters passed the existing Measure U in November 2012 as a temporary ½-cent sales tax to restore and protect police and fire services, park maintenance, and other essential City services that were cut between 2008 and 2013. Between $40 million and $47 million in revenue per year comes from the existing Measure U tax.

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 revenue:

“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”

The FY2018/19 Approved Budget provides $47.3 million in Measure U resources for programs and services.

Youth, Parks, & Community Enrichment

  • Since 2012, 53 parks employees have been funded by Measure U and are in the field maintaining over 200 parks.

  • Park maintenance response times have improved, which include the frequency of restroom cleaning, trash pickup, weeding, edging and debris removal. Response time for irrigation repairs is currently two days or less.

  • Park safety positions have doubled. This allows for increased park patrols/park safety presence and response times.

  • Additional one-on-one assistance programs targeting older adults at the Hart Senior Center.

  • Kids camps, introduction to team sports, help with homework and reading skills, gang prevention, youth job preparedness, community service, and safe and supervised evening activities for teens are being paid for with Measure U funding across Sacramento.

  • Expansion in youth employment, youth vocational training, and other youth development programs.

  • Twelve City swimming pools and five stand-alone wading pools closed during the recession are now open in summer and include swim lessons, swim team, junior guard and lifeguard training academies.

  • Repairs and improvements to the City’s community centers, swimming pools and the softball complex were made.

Police Department

  • From a low of 653 sworn officers in fiscal year 2012-13, the Police Department now has 740 sworn positions. Of these, 184 full-time sworn officer jobs are funded by Measure U.

  • Through the Community Oriented Policing Hiring Program Grant, 100 Police Officer positions are partially supported with federal grant and Measure U funds. These positions are expected to be filled by the end of 2018.

  • 61 Police Officer positions were added to focus on crime prevention, intervention, proactive deployment and ability to respond to crimes in progress. Specialty unit positions are dedicated to addressing gang activity, resolving traffic complaints, addressing citizen concerns, and conducting parolee intervention, following up on highly sensitive investigations and training officers.

  • Eight detectives were added to investigate violent felony crimes.

  • Six forensic investigator non-sworn positions were filled to return sworn officers to patrol and enforcement duties. Forensic specialists conduct fingerprint examination and identification.

  • Four dispatchers were added to take calls, reduce call wait times, and provide a more rapid police response.

  • One crime analyst was added to further integrate patrol functions with investigative elements to improve public safety.

  • A total of 22.5 positions were added to support the Hiring Pipeline. This includes 9.5 student trainees, eight limited term community service officers and five reserve community service officers. This program helps to transition young adults into careers in law enforcement.

  • Three positions were added to re-open the public safety counter at the William J Kinney police station in north Sacramento.

  • Two civilian positions were added to facilitate implementation of the Body-Worn Camera Project. The cameras were previously purchased with federal funding.
  • Expanded the ShotSpotter program to detect gunfire.

  • Funds were added to support the replacement and upgrade of aging mission-critical technology, including network servers, computer-aided dispatch (CAD), and the records management system.

  • Ballistic vehicle door panels for patrol vehicles were purchased to protect sworn staff.

  • Funding was added to expand the Emergency Vehicle Operators Course (EVOC) fleet by five patrol vehicles for training of new officers and ongoing training of existing officers with the goal of improving safety.

Fire Department

  • Four rotating company brownouts were eliminated; restoring a total of 12 positions per company for a total of 48 positions.

  • Restored a Senior Fire Prevention Officer to provide additional oversight and expand business inspections.

  • Station 43 opened in 2011 with only an Engine Company in service. With Measure U funding, the Truck Company was added in January 2016.

  • Two medic units were funded to improve response times. The first medic unit began operation in July 2015 and the second started in January 2016.

  • Measure U funds have paid for mobile air compressors, two air compressor trailers, early replacement of two fire engines, and replacement of frontline personal protective equipment (PPE). Measure U funds also allowed the department to start construction of a new Station 15 and the design processes for the replacement of Station 14.

Library

  • The Sacramento Library budget receives $506,000 annually in Measure U funds to partially restore library services citywide.