Redwood City residents express that safe neighborhoods, well-maintained parks, quality libraries and after school programs all contribute to our high quality of life.
Redwood City is currently facing a growing annual budget deficit, which is projected to reach more than $12 million annually in five years and continue to increase each subsequent year. A deficit of this magnitude will require significant cuts to public safety services, which comprise 60% of our annual budget. This could include reductions to police, fire and paramedics, which could lead to slower 911 emergency response times.
The City is evaluating options for enhancing locally controlled revenues. One option is to place a measure on the ballot to increase our local sales tax rate, which would provide locally controlled funding that could not be taken away by the State and could support essential City services, such as:
- Protecting the safety of Redwood City residents
- Maintaining rapid 911 emergency response times
- Supporting police, fire and paramedic services
- Continuing library hours
- Continuing after-school and recreation programs that keep kids safe
On July 23, City Council considered a ballot measure levying a one-half of one percent sales tax (the City of Redwood City Essential Services Protection Measure) for general purposes, subject to voter approval. Council voted that this measure will be placed on the November 2018 ballot. Learn more from the documents and recorded presentation below.
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