MEASURE W - Hollister No Tax Increase Public Safety / Essential City Services Continuation Measure

August 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

In 2007, Hollister residents enacted local funding to support essential public safety and City services in the City of Hollister. This local funding is set to expire and comprises $4.5 million of the City’s General Fund Budget. To address these needs on August 1st the Hollister City Council unanimously placed Measure W on the November 2016 ballot.

Local funding, passed by voters several years ago, has provided the resources for Hollister to provide key services, like public safety. If enacted, Measure W would prevent cuts and maintain the current public services that residents need by simply continuing existing local funding with no increase in taxes.

If adopted by voters, Measure W would provide locally-controlled funds to help maintain public safety and other essential city services. Measure W is a no tax increase continuation of a one-cent local sales tax that will not increase the current tax rate. Measure W does not apply to prescription drugs or food purchased as groceries.

All funds from Measure W would stay in Hollister to attract and retain qualified police officers and firefighters, prevent cuts to youth gang and drug prevention and intervention programs, support programs to retain, expand, and attract business to Hollister, and other essential city services. None of the funds can be taken by the State.

 For more information please see the Frequently Asked Questions below or call: 831-636-4300 x15

Sincerely,

Bill Avera
City Manager

Related Information
Measure W City Council Resolution 2016-113 (PDF File 335KB)
Staff Report for Measure W Resolution 2016-113 (135KB)
Frequently Asked Questions – (PDF File 436KB)
Community Update: Service Needs and Priorities 2016-2017 Budget Adoption Presentation (PDF File 1MB)
Letter to Community from Public Service Officials (PDF File 460MB)

 

Previous Announcement

July 6th, 2016

 

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

We appreciate your continued commitment to the City of Hollister and are writing to update you about Hollister’s financial and vital city service needs.

In recent years, because of the local funding, Hollister has become a community where people desire to live and raise families. However, without continued funding we will be forced to cut basic public safety services and other vital city services that contribute to our quality of life.

Hollister’s roads are in need of maintenance and repaving. Our residents commute to work and need to have safe streets on which to drive. We need continued local funding to maintain and improve our local roads and maintain streets and roads now as opposed to the future.

We will continue to update residents about the City’s financial priorities and vital city service needs.

For more information, visit www.hollister.ca.gov. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to call 831-636-4300 ext.15.

Sincerely,

Bill Avera
City Manager

 

May 20th, 2016

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

We appreciate your continued commitment to the City of Hollister and are writing to update you about Hollister’s financial, public safety and vital city service needs.

In 2007, Hollister residents enacted local funding to support essential public safety and City services in the City of Hollister. This local funding is set to expire and comprises $4.5 Million of the City’s General Fund Budget.  Without maintaining local funding at the existing rate, Hollister will be forced to cut $4.5 Million of its General Fund Budget, resulting in significant cuts to City services which could increase critical emergency response times and affect our ability to maintain all our locally-run fire stations.

We will continue to update residents about the City’s financial priorities and the budget adoption process.  For more information, visit www.hollister.ca.gov. If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to call 831-636-4300 ext.15.

Sincerely,

Bill Avera
City Manager