If approved by voters, Measure K would enact a ½ cent transactions & use tax (or sales tax) for 20 years, allowing the City to address key infrastructure and service priorities that Pleasant Hill residents have indicated are important. The measure would generate an estimated $4 million in additional revenue each year for the City – money that could not legally be taken by the State or other agencies.
“Residents are very interested in providing local funds for local needs” said Mayor Sue Noack. “It’s obvious from people who spoke at our City Council meeting and from those who responded to our community surveys that they want to fix our deteriorating neighborhood streets, repair our storm drains and build a new, modern library. And they will have an opportunity to use their voice again this November.”
Over the past 10 years, the State has taken over $20 million from Pleasant Hill. These State takeaways, and the economic recession, resulted in the City deferring needed maintenance and upgrades on neighborhoods streets, sidewalks and storm drains. The recently adopted 5-year Capital Improvement Plan identified $39 million in unfunded infrastructure needs, as well as $15 million in deferred street maintenance and $9 million in backlogged storm drain system needs.
Measure K revenue could be used for a number of purposes including:• Building a new community library• Repaving neighborhood streets and fixing potholes• Maintaining and upgrading the City’s storm drain system• Adding new sidewalks and bike paths; and• Funding other city projects and services that Pleasant Hill residents consider as key priorities
Pleasant Hill Library is now 55 years old and has numerous physical constraints and significant structural issues including seismic and ADA compliance issues, a leaky roof, asbestos in the ceilings and walls, no sprinkler system for fire suppression and inadequate HVAC. The Pleasant Hill Library Task Force has determined that a new library is needed to satisfy the community’s current needs for large programming spaces and 21st century learning facilities.
Measure K requires the establishment of a Citizens’ Oversight Committee, mandatory financial audits and annual reports to the community on the collection and expenditure of all funds.
Measure K is not a property tax and does NOT apply to groceries or prescription drugs.
If approved by the voters at the November General Election, the sales tax would take effect April 1, 2017.
For more information on Measure K go to www.pleasanthillca.org/MeasureK.