The Port Hueneme City Council voted last night to place the Port Hueneme 911/Essential Services Measure for voter consideration on the November 2018 election. If enacted by voters, the measure would generate $1.8 million annually to support vital public safety and quality of life services.
"We are pleased to place this issue on the ballot for consideration by the community," said City Manager Rod Butler. "Over the last few months, we have engaged over a thousand residents at more than two dozen community meetings on community priorities. We heard loud and clear that residents prioritize maintaining and protecting existing levels of service. This measure aims to protect public safety and quality of life services at the levels our residents expect."
"The simple fact is that we need more locally-controlled revenue," Butler continued. "With Sacramento taking over $1 million in Port Hueneme’s local funds every year, it has gotten harder and harder to protect the services our residents rely on. This measure, if approved by voters, would provide locally-controlled revenue that cannot be taken away by the state."
Priorities identified in a community survey conducted by the City in the spring by residents included preventing the elimination of the City’s police department, protecting fast 911 response times, funding gang, drug, and crime prevention and investigations, addressing homelessness, and fixing potholes and repairing streets, storm drains, and other infrastructure, all services the funding from this measure would support if enacted.
"The City needs a dependable revenue source to fund our vital city services," Butler said. "This measure, if enacted by voters, will provide a dependable revenue stream that cannot be taken by the state. Protecting our local funding will help keep Port Hueneme a special place to live and protect local property values."
"We look forward to talking with Port Hueneme residents about our City’s needs and look forward to hearing from them in November."