In November 2014, Stanton voters enacted Measure GG, a one-cent local sales tax, which has provided a guaranteed source of locally-controlled funding to maintain local city services. This voter-enacted funding went into effect on April 1st 2015 and with these funds Stanton’s current City budget has been able to maintain and improve essential city services and avoid millions in service cuts.
On October 13, 2015 the City was notified that an initiative measure to terminate this voter funding qualified for the November 2016 election. Measure QQ (the Eliminate Funding for Stanton 9-1-1 Public Safety and Essential Services Protection Measure) would repeal voter-enacted funding if approved by voters. According to a Financial Analysis [Insert link to City Budget], Stanton would lose approximately $3.7 Million per year in locally-controlled funding.
This webpage details some of the budget impacts that could result from the potential loss of voter-approved funding, particularly as it relates to public safety and other vital city services.
Please click here to find additional information about Measure QQ, the Eliminate Funding for Stanton 9-1-1 Public Safety and Essential Services Protection Measure.
The 2015-2017 Adopted Budget details the impacts of this potential loss of voter-approved funding in its “Alternative Budget” section. The 2015-2017 Adopted Budget can be viewed by clicking on the link below:
Alternative Budget, located in the 2015-2017 Adopted Budget
This webpage details the budget impacts of voter-enacted funds and answers questions the City has received about the potential repeal of these funds. These questions include:
Q: Why was Measure GG on the ballot in 2014?
A: The Stanton City Council placed Measure GG, the local funding measure, on the 2014 ballot in response years of Sacramento’s forced takeaways, which cost Stanton nearly $18 million in local tax dollars. The recession and forced takeaways prevented Stanton from providing services at the level that residents desired. City residents approved Measure GG in 2014, providing the City with a guaranteed source of locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken away by the State or used for other purposes.
Q: How has voter-approved funding impacted existing City services?
A: Since 2014, voter-approved funding has prevented over $2 million in cuts to essential services and allows the City to maintain:
• Existing levels of fire protection services and firefighters
• Neighborhood police patrols and sheriff’s deputies
• 9-1-1 response times
• Gang and youth violence prevention programs
• Senior programs
• Economic development programs that attract new businesses to Stanton
• Homeless prevention programs
Without this money, the City Council would have needed to make deep cuts to City Services, including to public safety and road repair services.
Q: What other services has voter-approved funding supported?
A: The City has been able to improve services that address priorities we’ve heard from residents, such as increasing public safety and economic development services. Among other services, locally-approved funding has allowed the City to:
Funding has allowed the City to:
• Hire 2 New Sheriff's Deputies, including a Motorcycle Deputy to increase traffic safety and street patrols and a Community Enhancement Deputy to improve community policing, address prostitution and illegal massage parlors, and improve gang/youth violence prevention programs.
• Hire a Code Enforcement Officer to improve cleanup of gang tagging and graffiti; address transient issues; and respond to quality-of-life complaints, giving police officers more time to focus on neighborhood patrols and responding to emergencies.
• Homeless Prevention programs – The City has successfully partnered with non-profits to help relocate homeless individuals, including families with young children. Over the last eight months alone, the City has successfully moved over 100 homeless people into permanent shelters.
• Strengthen Economic Development Programs to attract new businesses and create jobs, bringing resources to fix blighted areas and fill vacant storefronts.
Q: What are the short-term consequences if voter-approved funding is repealed?
A: While the 2016-17 budget would remain balanced if voter-enacted funding were repealed, the City would no longer receive an estimated $3.7 million from the transactions and use tax. This loss of funding would impact service levels in the 2017-18 fiscal year. Substantial reductions to nearly every City service would need to be made in order accommodate the loss of $3.7 million in revenues while still maintaining a balanced budget, 2015-17 budget.
Each department would face cuts relative to its share of the City budget. For example, because public safety services represent over 70% of the City's budget, these services would sustain over 70% of the cuts. The following service cuts have been outlined:
$2.33 million in cuts to the Orange County Sheriff's Department services for Stanton
(which would equate to a reduction of at least two sheriff’s deputies, including the new traffic safety officer and community outreach officer)
$550,000 in cuts to Orange County Fire Authority services to Stanton
(which would equate to a reduction of at least three firefighters)
$680,000 in cuts to other essential City services
Both the Orange County Sheriff's Department and the Orange County Fire Authority have indicated that these cuts would put both departmentsbelow minimum recommended staffing levels.
Q: How do we know that voter-approved funds have been spent as promised?
A: Excellent question! The City has recently partnered with OpenGov to provide complete transparency of the budget. You can find out more about the Stanton City Budget by clicking the link below:
Link to OpenGov