Measure K - Local Revenue Measure on the November 8th Ballot
At its meeting on August 1st, the Pleasant Hill City Council voted unanimously to place a revenue measure on the November 2016 ballot to provide funding for local needs.
If approved, Measure K would enact a ½ cent transactions & use tax (or sales tax) for 20 years, allowing the City to address infrastructure and service priorities that Pleasant Hill residents have indicated are important. The measure would generate an estimated $4 million each year in additional revenue for the City – money that could not legally be taken by the State or other agencies.
- Repaving and maintaining neighborhood streets, and fixing potholes
- Maintaining and upgrading the City’s storm drains
- Adding new sidewalks, and walking and bike paths
- Constructing a new community library; and
- Funding other city projects and services that Pleasant Hill residents have identified as key priorities.
State Takeaways and Infrastructure Needs
Over the past 10 years, the State has taken over $20 million from Pleasant Hill. These State takeaways, and the economic recession, resulted in the City deferring critically needed maintenance and upgrades on neighborhoods streets, sidewalks and storm drains. The recently adopted 5-year Capital Improvement Plan identified over $39 million in unfunded infrastructure needs, including $15 million in deferred street maintenance and $9 million in backlogged storm drain system needs.
Replacing the Pleasant Hill Library
Pleasant Hill Library is now 55 years old and has numerous physical constraints and significant structural issues including seismic and ADA compliance issues, a leaky roof, asbestos in the ceilings and walls, no sprinkler system for fire suppression and inadequate HVAC. The Pleasant Hill Library Task Force has determined that a new library is needed to satisfy the community’s current needs for large programming spaces and 21st century learning facilities.
Measure K Oversight Committee and Mandatory Financial Audits
Measure K would establish a Citizens' Oversight Committee to ensure that all voter-approved funds would be spent appropriately. In addition, the measure requires mandatory financial audits and yearly reports to the community regarding all revenue collected and spent on City projects and services.
If approved by voters at the November 8th General Election, Measure K would take effect April 1, 2017. If you would like more information, please contact Martin Nelis at email@example.com or by phone at (925) 671-5229.