Measure C Reminder Arguments
By an edhat reader
With all of the conversations about spending Measure C funds this week, I thought it could be interesting to see what the arguments were back in 2017, pro and con for Measure C.
Then 56% voted in favor so I've attached a page of the pros and cons. It is an important discussion.... https://ballotpedia.org/Santa_Barbara,_California,_Sales_Tax,_Measure_C_(November_2017)
The following official argument was submitted in favor of the measure:
Your YES vote on Measure C will ensure that the Santa Barbara has the funding to Maintain police, fire, and 911 emergency medical response, AND repair local streets and potholes, upgrade outdated emergency communication systems, and ensure our police station and neighborhood fire stations are accessible and functional in a natural disaster.
Over the past five years, the State has taken more than $20 million a year ($100 million so far) in City funding to help balance the state budget. There simply are not enough local financial resources to repair critical infrastructure and continue to provide the essential services that residents need and want. Our roads and buildings are crumbling, and are only becoming more expensive to fix. Now is the time to act.
The Santa Barbara City Council has surveyed residents and established that the top priorities for funding are:
Official Arguments against
The following official argument was submitted in opposition to the measure:
“ Vote NO on the proposed 1% sales tax.
Revenue from the proposed tax will have no restrictions whatsoever on how it can be spent - salaries, pensions, water, public artwork, homeless housing, anything. In other words, it might not be used to improve our roads and build a new police station at all.
The only way to ensure tax dollars are spent for street improvements and a new police station is to specify that in a future initiative approved by you.
I urge you to vote "No" on this measure. Then in the future we can bring forward another initiative that will ensure the proceeds will be spent for what we need better streets and a new police station.
Also, today's tax proposal has no end, or "sunset", clause. We could be taxed forever. That alone should make you vote, "no," to this sales tax proposal. ”
Footnotes 4 and 5:
4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributable to the original source.