How do we know funds from a potential renewal measure would be spent as promised?

A renewal measure would likely require the same strict fiscal accountability provisions as required by the current Measure O, including:

  • An independent citizens’ oversight committee, mandatory financial audits and annual reports to the community
  • All money raised by a measure would be controlled locally and restricted for public safety services only
  • By law, the money could not be taken away by Sacramento or diverted to other purposes
  • None of the money could be used for City administrator salaries

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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?