After hearing from over 1,500 City residents and visiting 29 local community organizations, the Elk Grove City Council placed the Elk Grove Safety and Quality of Life Measure E on the November ballot to support essential services with locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the State.
Over the last eight months, the City of Elk Grove and the Cosumnes Community Services District partnered to hear from residents about their priorities for local quality of life services in Elk Grove, including public safety, keeping Elk Grove safe and clean, medical emergency and disaster response, streets, parks, addressing homelessness, as well as for other general community priorities.
If enacted, Measure E would provide locally controlled funding that can help address Elk Grove’s community identified essential services such as crime reduction, rapid 9-1-1, fire, police, medical emergency and disaster response, keeping public areas safe and clean, addressing homelessness, fixing and maintaining parks and roads, and other general community purposes.
Measure E would establish a one-cent sales tax generating locally controlled funding to address essential services and community priorities. Measure E requires independent citizen oversight, annual audits, and public disclosure of spending. By law, all Measure E funds stay local in Elk Grove.
The City will continue to inform and update the community about Measure E. Read below for more information and to learn more.
Questions and Answers
What is Elk Grove’s Safety and Quality of Life Measure E?
The Elk Grove City Council placed Measure E on the November 8, 2022, local ballot to address community priorities such as public safety, street maintenance, emergency response, and other general community purposes, with stable, locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the state.
How does Measure E impact emergency response?
Approximately 75% of calls to the local Fire Department are for medical emergencies. National standards recommend an emergency medical response time of five minutes, but in the past year, response times are up to 7 ½ minutes locally. If enacted, Measure E could provide funding that could help ensure Elk Grove has the needed firefighter paramedics and lifesaving equipment to improve response times.
How does Measure E affect public safety?
Violent and property crimes have risen in Elk Grove. Last year, there were more than 325 robberies and burglaries and close to 200 car thefts. If enacted, Measure E will generate locally controlled funding that could be used to maintain and increase crime reduction efforts including faster response times, more neighborhood police patrol, and youth and gang crime prevention programs.
How can Measure E help keep public areas safe and clean?
Our community has over 100 parks and over 1,000 acres of open space serving more than 178,000 residents. If enacted, Measure E would generate stable local funding that could be used to help keep public spaces clean and safe such as maintaining and repairing public bathrooms, landscaping and sports fields, deteriorating playgrounds, and upgrading security lighting.
Could Measure E funds be used for road safety?
Yes. Many of the City’s local streets and roads are over 25 years old and are in need of repair and ongoing maintenance. Enhancing major roads, including pothole repair, would improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for the safety of all drivers, bikers and pedestrians, including children riding bikes or walking to school. Measure E could provide funding that could be used to improve and maintain roads and help prevent further deterioration and cost increases.
Could Measure E funds be used to address homelessness?
Yes. At any given time, there are approximately 150+ people that are homeless in the City. Measure E funds can be used to address homelessness and help support those who are at risk of becoming homeless by connecting individuals and families with the services they need, including programs that pair mental health professionals with police officers and emergency medical responders to people in crisis to help ensure our parks, neighborhoods, and public spaces are clean and safe for all.
How could Measure E impact business and job retention in the City?
While violent and property crimes is up in Elk Grove, a recent study determined that Elk Grove is still among the top 50 safest cities in California. If enacted, Measure E would generate funds that could help address and maintain public safety, parks, streets and general community services that keep communities safe. Attracting and retaining businesses requires residents, visitors, employees and employers to feel safe living, working, and doing business here.
What does Measure E cost?
If enacted, Measure E would establish a one cent (1%) locally controlled sales tax generating funding that cannot be taken by the State. The tax would be levied on the sale of personal property sold at retail in the City. Measure E is not a tax on homes or property, and is not applied to rent, utilities, food purchased as groceries, or prescription medicine.
Does Measure E provide for fiscal accountability?
By its terms, Measure E requires fiscal accountability, including independent citizen oversight with public disclosure of all spending, mandatory financial audits, and public reports to the community.
When is the election?
Tuesday, November 8, 2022. To check your registration or get registered to vote online, visit the Secretary of State's website at registertovote.ca.gov.
Where can I get more information about Measure E?
The City will continue to keep the community informed. If you have a specific question or to request an informational community Measure E presentation, please contact us.
For more information on Measure E or to request a community presentation for your organization, or if you have a specific question, please contact us.
Community Identified Priorities
Two recent community surveys commissioned by the City of Elk Grove and Cosumnes Community Service District and conducted by independent research firm FM3 Research provides insight into constituent opinions and priorities for local essential services. Among the top priorities were rapid 9-1-1, fire, police, medical emergency and disaster response, keeping public areas safe and clean, crime reduction, addressing homelessness, maintaining streets and parks, programs to reduce youth crime and gang prevention, and attracting and retaining local businesses and jobs.
The surveys also evaluated constituent interest in a potential local funding measure, which can be viewed in the survey results below from December 2021 and July 2022.