The recession caused by coronavirus is requiring cities like Milpitas to consider signiﬁcant cuts to programs and services in order to balance the budget.
On August 4, 2020 the Milpitas City Council unanimously placed Measure F—the City of Milpitas Public Services Measure—on the November ballot for voter consideration. If approved by Milpitas voters, Measure F would enact a ¼ cent sales tax for 8 years, with locally-controlled funding that cannot be taken by the state.
Measure F funds can help maintain the City’s ﬁnances and prevent cuts to the services which residents have identiﬁed as community priorities, including:
* Maintaining local 911 ﬁre and emergency response services
* Preparing for future public health/natural disaster response
* Improving working environments for Milpitas ﬁreﬁghters and paramedics
* Maintaining police response services
* Assisting local businesses during the pandemic
* Maintaining youth and senior services
The State recently passed bills mandating that Counties mail ballots to all active registered voters this year, while providing options for in person voting. For more information visit: www.sos.ca.gov/elections or www.sccvote.org.
Milpitas voters will consider local ballot Measure F, and candidates for Mayor and 2 at-large City Council seats.
On August 4, the Milpitas City Council unanimously placed Measure F on the November Ballot for voter consideration. If approved by Milpitas voters, Measure F - the City of Milpitas Public Services Measure - would enact a ¼- cent local sales tax for 8 years to provide a source of local funding for City services that cannot be taken by the State.
Milpitas residents and local businesses recently identified the following service priorities, which Measure F funding could help address:
• Maintaining local 911 fire and emergency response services
• Preparing for future public health/natural disaster response
• Improving working environments for Milpitas firefighters and paramedics
• Maintaining police response services
• Assisting local businesses during the pandemic
• Maintaining youth and senior services
• Maintaining the City ‘s finances
As a ¼-cent local sales tax, Measure F will cost one penny for every four-dollar purchase in the city. According to City reports, approximately half of the cost would be borne by out of town visitors to Milpitas.
On an annual basis, it is estimated that an average household would pay an additional $12 in taxes per month or $140 per year. By law, food purchased as groceries and prescription medications will be exempt from this sales tax measure.
Measure F funds could be used to hire and retain qualified police officers and firefighters/paramedics, upgrade equipment and tools used to respond to public safety emergencies, and to maintain 911 emergency response services and neighborhood patrols.
Measure F could provide funding to maintain programs for children, youth and senior citizens, such as
after school programs and day camps, sports and recreation activities, nutrition lunch program and supportive health and transportation services for seniors, programs for at-risk teens, and the Milpitas Youth Force Teen Work Program.
The recession caused by coronavirus is requiring cities like Milpitas to consider significant cuts to programs and services in order to balance the budget. If approved by Milpitas voters, Measure F can provide a source of locally-controlled funding which could be used to maintain City services which residents and local businesses have identified as community priorities, such as public safety, parks and recreation, or road repair.
Measure F accountability provisions include the creation of a citizen’s oversight committee for measure funds, annual independent financial audits, and full disclosure of all spending. Legally, Measure F funds are required to be spent to benefit the Milpitas community and cannot be taken by the state.
The upcoming November 3, 2020 municipal election will include new changes to how you receive your ballot, and where and how you can vote. Please participate! Here’s how:
VOTE BY MAIL (VBM)
VBM Ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3 and received no later than 17 days after Election Day to be counted.
You may also drop oﬀ your ballot at any Ballot Drop Box or Vote Center in the County.
CONDITIONAL (SAME DAY) REGISTRATION AND IN PERSON VOTING: If you missed the October 19, 2020 voter registration deadline, a recent state law allows you to conditionally register to vote and vote until 8:00 p.m. on Election Day at your County Elections Oﬃce or at any Vote Center in the County.
You may also vote in person at any Vote Center in the County. To see a list of Vote Centers in and around Milpitas, visit sccvote.org.