On Tuesday night, the Antioch City Council will discuss placing a citywide 1% Sales Tax Measure on the 2018 November Ballot.
The proposal, in its current form, would double the Measure C tax which is currently at 0.5% which raises roughly $6.7 million for police services to 1% which could generate $14 million in revenue.
The difference between Measure C and this new proposal, is 100% of Measure C went to the police department whereas 40% of this new tax revenue would be funneled away from the Police Department into other services. As written, it is unclear if Tuesdays proposal will simply maintain the Antioch Police Department levels at 104 officers and services, or if approved, if it would further increase police and code enforcement staffing.
The proposal was drafted by Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe and Councilwoman Monica Wilson who serve on the Quality of Life Ad-Hoc Committee. The committee received information from FM3, who conducted a survey while Lew Edwards Group provided date in the “We Want to Hear From You” campaign which helped guide the proposal.
According to the agenda item, here is the ballot measure question:
To maintain Antioch’s fiscal stability and police patrols, 911 emergency response, youth violence prevention programs; ensuring water quality and safety; repairing streets; cleaning up parks/illegal dumping; restoring youth after-school/summer programs; and other essential services; shall the measure be adopted approving an ordinance to renew the sales tax at the one-cent rate, raising approximately $14,000,000 annually until ended by voters, requiring independent annual financial audits and all expenditures available for public review?
Under the Draft Proposal for the 2018 Sales Tax Ballot Measure:
- Maintain and restore neighborhood police patrols
- Maintain 911 emergency response
- Maintain community engagement team
- Maintain Code and Traffic Enforcement Team
Support Youth Services – 20%
- Provide safe, healthy play areas
- Restore after-school and summer youth programs
- Maintain youth violence and anti-gang programs
Support Quality of Live, Fiscal Stability/Accountability – 20%
- Maintain Code and Traffic Enforcement Serves (editors note, a duplicate in the draft)
- Ensure water quality & safety
- Support senior programs and services
- Address street/road repairs
- Attracting and retaining local businesses
Under Measure C currently, the residents of Antioch and its police department were promised 22 new officers which they have yet to hit because of attrition. They are currently at around 95 officers. Police still do not have the staffing levels when compared to neighboring police agencies.
However, under Measure C, police were able to purchase new communication equipment, bring back traffic enforcement, increase K9 unit and continue to perform proactive details while allowing staffing to improve community engagement. They also beefed up code enforcement.
To provide feedback to the Antioch City Council:
Mayor Sean Wright: [email protected]
Mayor Pro Tem Lamar Thorpe: [email protected]
Councilwoman Lori Ogorchock: [email protected]
Councilwoman Monica Wilson: [email protected]
Councilman Tony Tiscareno: [email protected]
For more on the proposal in the staff report, click here.
If you Go:
Antioch City Council Meeting
July 24 at 7:00 pm
200 H St, City of Antioch CA