MeasureT

Overview

Facts about Measure T

Preserving Quality of Life and City Services in Redlands

Preserving Quality of Life and City Services in Redlands                                                 

Measure T is a City of Redlands ballot measure approved by voters in November 2020 as an ongoing source of local revenue to preserve public safety, city services and local infrastructure.

Following passage of the measure, collection of the tax – an additional one cent on each $1 of taxable purchases – will begin on April 1, 2021. The City expects to begin receiving revenue from the tax by summer of 2021.

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. Over the years, calls for 9-1-1 emergencies and fire risks have risen, 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 faced a $5.6 million budget shortfall this year that was expected to widen in the future due to the current economic climate.

With the revenue generated from Measure T, beginning with the 2021-2022 Fiscal Year, the City can:

  • Address public welfare issues involving homelessness
  • Maintain police services including neighborhood police patrols, crime prevention and investigations
  • Reduce gang activity and drug-related crimes
  • Keep public areas, parks and recreation facilities well-maintained and free of graffiti and maintain public buildings and infrastructure including sidewalks, curbs and storm drains
  • Provide fire protection and paramedic services and replace outdated lifesaving and firefighting equipment

Fiscal Accountability Required

As part of our promise to voters, Measure T requires fiscal accountability protections. On Nov. 17, 2020, the Redlands City Council approved an ordinance to establish an oversight committee to review the sales tax revenues annually and advise the Council on the use of the revenues. The City expects to open applications for the seven-member committee beginning in March 2021, followed by appointment of members by the Council in April or May. The first meeting of the committee will likely be held in July 2021, following adoption of the next fiscal year budget.

The committee will consist of seven members, including one member appointed by each City Council member from their corresponding Council district, with approval by the full Council. Two additional members will be selected from the City’s employee bargaining units and appointed by the Mayor, with approval by the full Council.

Once applications are open in the spring of 2021, they will be available on the City’s website at https://www.cityofredlands.org/commissions-boards

For More Information

Review current and past City budgets at https://www.cityofredlands.org/post/city-budget.

Additional information on City finances and financial reporting are available at https://www.cityofredlands.org/open-government.

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