With overwhelming bipartisan support, the residents of Antioch just voted to approve a 1/2 cent sales tax increase that will help make the community safer.
At 10:00 pm Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Elections is reporting that Measure C has 67.98% supporting the measure with 32.02% opposed with 10,083 votes tallied thus far.
Needing 50% + 1 to pass, the Measure C would increase the sales tax in Antioch by a ½ cent from 8.5% to 9% matching Pittsburg and Concord. The sales tax increase would be in place for 7-years and the City Council has told its residents the money will help hire 22-poliec officers and help reinstate police programs which would be reviewed by a citizens committee.
With an average response time of 10-minutes 54-seconds, this response time will hopefully come down in the next 6-months.
The next order of business for the Antioch City Council will be implementing their 7-member community oversight committee to ensure the Measure C funding is spent 100% on police services.
Last night’s comments (paraphrased)
- Wade Harper, Antioch Mayor, was thankful that the community came together in overwhelming support of the Measure and called it the first step to making Antioch the safest city in Northern California.
- Allan Cantando, Police Chief, was happy to see the voters come together to support police services and stated that this was just the first step in making Antioch a safe community.
- Donald Gill, Superintendent of Antioch Unified School District Superintend, stated that he was excited that the school district will see a return of their School resource Officer to both high schools and the four middle schools.
- Assemblyman Jim Frazier told the Chief to begin spending the money in reference to ensuring it goes to police services.
- Joy Motts, School Board President, called this the first step in a new and better Antioch by being able to reduce crime.
- Sean Wright, Chief Executive Officer of the Antioch Chamber, stated it was a measure that needed to happen for their businesses to improve. They understood by getting behind it that reducing crime was the first step in getting more foot traffic to the area.
- Hans Ho, Antioch Crime Prevention Commissioner, explained that the public has put its trust in the City Council and now it on them not to break the public’s trust to ensure this money goes to police. If it’s not, he will be the first one to find new leadership.
- Tony Tiscareno, Councilman, shared that he will not break the public’s trust and will work to ensure the money is spent on police services.