Antioch residents were recently mailed a 1-page update providing the 2016-17 annual status report for Measure C funding which voters approved in November 2013.
The City began collecting funds in April 2014 where the measure is projected to generate $7 million in General Fund Revenue annually, of which 100% has been allocated by the City Council to Police and Code Enforcement budgets.
The City is touting that Measure C has provided more sworn officers, more community service officers and support staff to the police department. They also state response times are down, arrests are up, and Part 1 Crime is down.
With code enforcement, they say a new blight abatement team of two workers responds to graffiti, dumping, shopping carts and other blight issues. One additional Code Enforcement Officer as been hired, one new Code Enforcement support staff has been hired and they have a new code enforcement manager.
MESSAGE FROM CITY MANAGER RON BERNAL
Thanks to Antioch voters, Measure C has now been in effect for just over three years and, as voters intended, is a significant part of our strategy to maintain your local 911 and public safety services. In fiscal year 2016/17, the City received $6,534,889 in Measure C revenues. Adding this to previous collections, total Measure C revenues since inception are at $19,889,565 as of June 30, 2017. $18,989,758 of that total has been allocated to the Police Department budget and $899,807 to the Code Enforcement budget. Remember that under Measure C, visitors to Antioch share the cost of providing these essential services.
An Independent Measure C Citizens’ Oversight Committee ensures that this local funding is spent as directed by the City Council and as promised to voters. The Committee provides the Council with an annual report, which confirmed in March 2017 that Measure C funds have been properly allocated, expended and accounted for. I look forward to continuing to update you on these safety and other quality of life issues.
MESSAGE FROM POLICE CHIEF TAMMANY BROOKS
This is my first Measure C update as your Police Chief. Thank you for the warm welcome I have received since assuming my post! Since the passage of Measure C in 2013 by Antioch voters, to date, 49 Sworn Police Officers have been hired by the City.
Due to retirements and other attrition, our net gain is currently 14, bringing us to 96 sworn Officers of our current budgeted allocation of 103. In addition, four Community Service Officer positions and other support positions in the Police Department have been funded.
In the same time-frame, Code Enforcement added one Code Enforcement Officer, bringing the total to three, a Code Enforcement Manager, one Code Enforcement support staff and added two new General Laborer positions dedicated to focusing on dumping, graffiti and other blight issues. Measure C funds have also been used to purchase essential equipment for Police and Code Enforcement.
As of June 30, 2017, $2,947,361 remains unspent pending allocation to enhancing Police and Code Enforcement services, as promised to voters
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