What types of public safety services has Measure O supported?

Locally controlled public safety funding from Measure O has been critical for helping Santa Rosa recover from devastating fires in recent years and prepare for future fire seasons and potential public safety power shutoffs. Positions currently funded by Measure O include more than 25 firefighters, paramedics and police officers. Additionally, Measure O funds over 400,000 hours each year of youth and family mental health, public health, gang prevention and social services that keep Santa Rosa citizens safe.

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1. How are public safety services funded in Santa Rosa?
2. What types of public safety services has Measure O supported?
3. How are Measure O funds allocated?
4. Does Measure O establish a minimum allocation of funds for public safety services?
5. Does Measure O funding expire soon?
6. What happens if Measure O funding expires and we lose $10 million per year for public safety and violence prevention programs?
7. What is the city doing to maintain this local public safety funding?
8. Specifically, what could a potential renewal measure fund?
9. How do we know funds from a potential renewal measure would be spent as promised?
10. Could the state take funding away from a potential renewal measure?
11. Would a potential measure ensure that Santa Rosa’s visitors pay their fair share?
12. How much might a potential renewal measure cost?
13. Are there protections for people on fixed or limited incomes?
14. Didn’t Santa Rosa just pass a local sales tax measure?
15. Don’t sales tax measures hurt local business?
16. How would a sales tax affect auto dealerships in Santa Rosa?
17. Isn’t Sonoma County considering a tax measure for fire protection?