The citizen Task Force recommendation to build a new Civic Center was accepted by the City Council in 2009 and bond measures were presented to voters in 2010, 2012 and 2013. While the final two measures (with reduced cost) received majority support from voters, they fell short of the 60% required for a capital bond measure.
Other options considered by the City Council were putting a property tax levy lid lift on the ballot to pay for City Hall rent, eliminating services to afford rent payments, or a combination of both. Staffing levels have been reduced by 18% since 2008 but reductions in services and programs were primarily administrative.
Why is Proposition 1 on The Ballot Now?
Proposition 1 is on the August 2, 2016 ballot so the City’s financial condition will be known prior to consideration and adoption of the 2017-18 Biennial Budget this fall.