|RPDPS’s Masterson on Measure A
The following op-ed piece was submitted by Brian Masterson, Director of the Rohnert Park Dept. of Public Safety.
Here in Rohnert Park, we value our quality of life and take pride in our safe neighborhoods and parks. Measure A – on Rohnert Park’s Nov. 5 ballot – helps protect and maintain public safety and other essential services for our community without raising existing taxes.
Measure A does not create a new tax but simply continues an existing one-half cent sales tax Rohnert Park voters approved in 2010. With the help of these funds, the Rohnert Park Department of Public Safety has been able to lower crime rates to the lowest levels in the past decade. The city has also been able to keep open the Spreckels Performing Arts Center, the Community Center and the Senior Center.
Measure A provides a critical source of revenue for our city’s general fund and can be used to maintain public safety and essential services. Neighborhood police patrols, 9-1-1 emergency response, fire protection, disaster preparedness services, street and park maintenance and senior programs are some of the services Measure A can continue to fund.
Without Measure A, the Public Safety Department will be faced with more cuts in addition to the substantial reductions to full-time police officers and firefighters that have already been made.
Measure A ensures that our City continues to have a guaranteed source of local funding that cannot be taken by Sacramento and requires that our tax dollars are spent locally for Rohnert Park residents. It is fiscally accountable, with annual independent audits and public review of expenditures.
Additional information on Measure A can be found on the city’s website at www.rpcity.org. Measure A is the only item on Rohnert Park’s ballot, so please remember to vote. For questions about voting, contact the Sonoma County Registrar of Voters at (707) 565-6800.