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City of Redlands Local Services Measure

Preserving Quality of Life and City Services in Redlands

Preserving Quality of Life and City Services in Redlands –

Information About Local Funding Measure

Here in Redlands, we’re a big town with a small town feel. As Redlands prepares for the future, we strive to preserve our city services and residents’ quality of life.

Redlands is one of the few cities in the County with its own Police and Fire Departments, guaranteeing our police and firefighters are available when needed and not diverted to service other cities. However, calls for 9-1-1 emergencies, crime rates and fire risks are all much higher than in the past, and we have fewer police officers, firefighters and paramedics in Redlands today than we did 10 years ago.

Ensuring that the City can respond quickly to 9-1-1 emergencies and tackle issues like homelessness, will require additional public safety resources and is critical to saving lives and keeping our community a safe place to live. Additionally, the City’s streets, sidewalks, parks, storm drains and other infrastructure require basic repairs and maintenance. When these repairs are not addressed, they become a lot more expensive to repair in the future.

Local Sales Tax Measure

Though the City has created a balanced budget every year for the past 12 years, the scope of the City’s needs is greater than the current resources available. Despite being fiscally conservative, the City is facing an $5.6 million budget shortfall that is expected to widen in the future due to the current economic climate.

To preserve public safety, city services and local infrastructure, the Redlands City Council recently voted to place a one-cent sales tax measure on the November 2020 ballot. The local measure could address needs across the community, including but not limited to:

  • Addressing the homeless problem
  • Maintaining police services including neighborhood police patrols, crime prevention and investigations
  • Reducing gang activity and drug-related crimes
  • Keeping public areas, parks and recreation facilities well-maintained and free of graffiti and maintaining public buildings and infrastructure including sidewalks, curbs and storm drains
  • Providing fire protection and paramedic services and replacing outdated lifesaving and firefighting equipment

Fiscal Accountability Required

The local sales tax measure would require fiscal accountability protections, including:

  • Currently, nearly all of the sales tax generated locally goes to the State or the County – all money raised by the measure would stay in Redlands to address local needs
  • By law, no funds could be taken away by the State
  • A clear system of accountability would be required, including independent citizens’ oversight and annual audits to ensure that the money is spent properly
  • Groceries, prescription medicine and other essential items would be excluded from the sales tax measure

We Want to Hear from You

We have collected over 1,000 survey responses to date. This has helped us learn more about the community’s priorities as we explore a potential sales tax measure. We invite you to continue to make your voice heard and click below to complete our brief survey.

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For More Information

If you would like to learn more about the local funding measure and local priorities for the City of Redlands, contact Public Information Officer Carl Baker at (909) 798-7687 or email: info@cityofredlands.org.

Links and Downloads

Informational Handout
Community Mailer 1
Community Mailer 2
June 16, 2020 City Council Presentation on Voter Survey Results
Community PowerPoint Presentation