Petaluma City Council Unanimously Places Local Measure on November Ballot

Posted on August 4, 2020

The City of Petaluma City Council voted unanimously to place a local revenue measure on the November ballot to address current and future needs of the community.

In a recently conducted community survey as much as 69% of respondents indicated they would support this simple majority requirement measure, which if enacted would provide local funding to maintain fiscal stability and city services the community has identified as priorities.

Petaluma by tradition is a self-reliant community, said Petaluma City Manager Peggy Flynn. Local funding that stays in Petaluma is an investment in our quality of life and the critical services our residents expect and deserve.

If enacted, the Measure will address local public safety, infrastructure and accountability priorities identified by the community through the community survey and the City’s Join the Conversation engagement efforts the City recently conducted for several months. Thousands of community responses cited top service needs and priorities, including among others:

  • Maintaining emergency health/wildfire/natural disaster preparedness
  • Keeping city government transparent, accountable
  • Fire protection services/equipment
  • Rapid 911 emergency response
  • Keeping public areas safe and clean
  • Local business/jobs support
  • Repairing streets, roads and potholes

If enacted, the Measure would enact a one-cent sales tax generating locally controlled funding that could not be taken by the State. Oversight components including an independent citizen oversight committee, public disclosure reports of all spending, and annual financial audits are included in the measure.

For questions please contact Ingrid Alverde at 707-778-4549 or [email protected]

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