MEASURE DD

Budget Update

Information on Measure DD:

Menifee’s Voter-Approved Local Funding for City Services

In November 2016 Menifee voters enacted Measure DD. Voter-approved Measure DD funding has allowed the City to maintain and enhance city services and programs before and during the current COVID-19 crises including emergency preparedness, police and fire services, and road safety and traffic mitigation.  Measure DD funds are required to remain local and are not subject to state takeaways. An independent Citizen Oversight Committee provides a review of Measure DD expenditures to ensure funds are spent as voters intended.

The City is now facing the future potential loss of these locally-controlled funds. The City was recently notified that a measure to terminate Measure DD funding has qualified for the November 2020 election. The Measure DD Repeal Impact Report details the impacts of this potential loss of funding. Measure DD is a voter-approved one-cent sales tax that provides local funding that cannot be taken by the State.

This webpage details the budget impacts of voter-approved funds and answers questions the City has received about the potential repeal of these funds.

Service Impacts of Local Voter-Approved Funding (Measure DD)

Maintaining Critical Local Services

Measure DD helps maintain fiscal stability and provides locally-controlled funding to provide essential services, including among others:

  • Adequate paramedic and firefighting equipment
  • Emergency medical and disaster preparedness response
  • Maintaining 31 police officers positions
  • Emergency healthcare supplies for paramedics, firefighters, and police officers
  • Neighborhood, schools, and parks police patrols
  • Safe roads and addressing traffic congestion
  • Senior/disabled/youth programs and other General Services
Enhancing Public Safety and Other Essential Services

With this voter-approved funding, the City has been able to improve services that address priorities we’ve heard from residents, such as increasing public safety and addressing roads and traffic congestion:

  • The formation of Menifee’s local Police Department: Menifee’s Police Department will increase officer hours by 67% to serve the community – protecting emergency response times, neighborhood/school patrols, and other public safety programs.
  • Maintaining Emergency Preparedness: Local funds have helped ensure firefighters and paramedics are equipped with the tools they need to respond quickly and remain prepared for local emergencies, including adequate staffing and an additional medical unit.
  • Improving Road Safety and Traffic Congestion: Maintain road/pothole repair, resurfacing and safety improvements on twenty miles of City roads, and sidewalk improvements to enhance pedestrian safety.
Budget Impacts of the Potential Repeal of Voter-Approved Funding

If local funding is repealed the City would no longer receive an estimated $12 million annually. This loss of funding would impact service levels, including substantial reductions to nearly every City service to accommodate the loss of $12 million in revenues.

The following service cuts have been outlined:

  • 31 fewer patrol officers
  • Possible closure of Sun City PD Sub-station
  • Loss of two medical units
  • Severe reduction in local firefighting staffing
  • Closure of one fire station
  • Cancellation or delay of scheduled road safety and traffic improvement projects
  • Cuts to code enforcement including beautification efforts, blight reduction and addressing illegal dumping
  • Reduced and limited programs for youth and senior services
  • Broad cuts in service on top of budget reductions due to the COVID-19 crises
Timing of the sales tax repeal initiative

By California statute, it will be on Menifee’s November 2020 ballot.

Measure DD Oversight Committee

Meetings

The Measure DD Oversight Committee meets a minimum of twice per year and on an as needed basis in the Menifee Council Chambers located at City Hall - 29844 Haun Road, Menifee, CA 92586. 

Overview

The Measure DD Oversight Committee acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council to review, monitor, and oversee the appropriation of sales tax proceeds from Measure DD and to recommend the use of sales tax proceeds from Measure DD.

Click HERE for more information.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Menifee’s budget outlook?

While the current budget is balanced, it was done so with close to $6M in cuts to services, key city projects, and the freezing of any staff hiring’s, and normal attrition to deal with COVID-19 impacts. The City is facing additional immediate and future fiscal impacts due to COVID-19 emergency response efforts and as we plan for our local recovery, along with the potential loss of $12 million annually of voter-approved, locally-controlled funding for city services. The City was recently notified that a measure to terminate Measure DD funding approved by voters in 2016 has qualified for the November 2020 election. The Measure DD Repeal Impact Report details the impacts of this potential loss of funding. Measure DD is a voter-approved one-cent sales tax that provides for locally controlled funding that is used on public safety equipment and services, infrastructure projects, road maintenance and repairs, that cannot be taken away by the State.

Has voter-approved funding maintained or enhanced city services?

Yes. Measure DD helps maintain fiscal stability and provides locally-controlled funding to provide essential services, including among others:

  • Adequate paramedic and firefighting equipment
  • Emergency medical and disaster preparedness response
  • Maintaining 31 police officers positions
  • Emergency healthcare supplies for paramedics, firefighters, and police officers
  • Neighborhood, schools, and parks police patrols
  • Safe roads and addressing traffic congestion

Measure DD has added additional officers and neighborhood street patrols, faster 911 emergency response times, maintained youth, family and senior programs, adequately staffed every neighborhood fire station to ensure effective and well-coordinated emergency medical and fire response services across the City, and funded projects to repair roads, build new bridges and upgrade storm drains that create good-paying jobs and economic opportunities to help keep local businesses sustained amid the COVID-19 recovery.

How would service levels be impacted by the potential repeal of voter-enacted funding?

While the budget remains balanced if local funding is repealed the City would no longer receive an estimated $12 million annually. This loss of funding would impact service levels, including substantial reductions to nearly every City service to accommodate the loss of $12 million in revenues.

The following service cuts have been outlined:

  • 31 fewer patrol officers
  • Possible closure of Sun City PD Sub-station
  • Loss of two medical units
  • Reduction in firefighting staffing
  • The potential closure of one fire station
  • Cancellation or delay of scheduled road safety and traffic improvement projects
  • Cuts to building safety enforcement and beautification efforts
  • Reduced and limited programs for youth and senior services
  • Broad cuts in service on top of reductions due to COVID-19 crises
Will the state help address the financial impacts of potential local funding losses and COVID-19 public safety response and recovery costs?

While we appreciate the work the State is doing to address the health and financial impacts of the current crisis, our City must also continue to be steady and effective in addressing our own unique local needs, especially in these uncertain times. Recent results such as business loans running out, and the lack of adequate state medical supplies only shows that Menifee must continue to be self-reliant in addressing essential services and the road to recovery.

The federal government has not yet provided aid directly to local agencies (other than cities over 500,000), and the State of California’s nearly $60 billion budget shortfall means it is unlikely that the City will receive significant relief from the State.

What other impacts could the loss of voter-approved funding have?

Anticipated reductions to public safety, emergency preparedness, economic development, continued infrastructure improvements, and other quality of life services can lead to:

  • Difficulty in attracting and retaining business
  • Reduced production of local jobs
  • Stagnate property values
  • Diminished quality of life for residents
When does the repeal initiative come before voters?

By California statute, it will be on Menifee’s November 3, 2020 ballot.

How can I get more information?

To learn more about Measure DD and this year’s budget, visit: www.cityofmenifee.us/measuredd

Repeal Impact Report

Measure DD Fall 2020 Newsletter

Measure DD Spring 2020 Newsletter

Measure DD Winter 2019 Newsletter

Downloadable Information

Measure DD Impact Report Mailer