The Cotati City Council unanimously placed a local revenue extension measure for voter consideration on the November 2020 ballot. If enacted by voters, the Measure would extend the city’s existing, voter-approved Measure G local funding at the current one-cent rate to maintain fiscal stability and continue addressing priorities identified by the public.
In recent months the city has conducted community outreach and engagement including independent public opinion research. Together, over 500 residents responded, identifying the following key services among others as top priorities to maintain:
• Local 911 emergency dispatch and police department services
• Domestic violence response services
• Preparing for emergencies and natural disasters
• Streets maintenance, pothole repair, sidewalks, parks and
• Maintaining fiscal stability and emergency reserves that
cannot be taken by the State
Independent public opinion research, conducted by FM3 Research, indicated as much as three-quarters of respondents would support a simple majority requirement extension which if enacted, would generate local funds to continue addressing core quality of life services and infrastructure with locally controlled funding that cannot be taken by the state as cities, including Cotati, contend with the impacts COVID-19.
“We really appreciate the community’s interest and participation in the past months, especially in these times” said City Manager Damien O’Bid. “Existing voter-approved funding has been critical to preventing cuts from and maintaining core services and infrastructure that the community values such as emergency response times and preparedness, clean and safe parks and roads maintenance.”
If extended by voters, all funding from the measure would continue to be subject to financial audits, public spending reports and an independent Citizens’ Oversight Committee.