What happens if Measure O funding expires and we lose $10 million per year for public safety and violence prevention programs?

Without Measure O funding, many of our firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers could be laid off and services for youth and families could be cut or limited. Due to potential cuts to violence prevention programs this could create additional costs to taxpayers. As a result, neighborhood fire stations will likely close and 9-1-1 emergency response times for fires, medical emergencies and accidents, and violent crimes will be impacted.

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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?