Measure T: Study of City Services Funding Needs

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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 firefighter/paramedics are available when needed and not diverted to service other cities. However, calls for 9-1-1 emergencies and fire risks are much higher than in the past, and the City has fewer police officers and firefighter/paramedics in Redlands today than 10 years ago.

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.

Measure T: Redlands Local Sales Tax Measure for City Services

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 a $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 unanimously to place Measure T, a one-cent sales tax measure, on the November 2020 ballot. Measure T could tackle 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  • Providing fire protection and paramedic services and replacing outdated lifesaving and firefighting equipment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

Measure T 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 Measure T 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
  • Groceries, prescription medicine and other essential items would be excluded from the cost of Measure T

For More Information

If you would like to learn more about Measure T and local priorities for the City of Redlands, contact Public Information Officer Carl Baker at (909) 798-7687 or email:

Links and Downloads

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