The Concord City Council unanimously placed Measure V on the November 2020 ballot to continue voter-approved, locally controlled funding for vital City services.
If enacted by voters, Measure V funding would maintain a reliable source of local funding that could not be taken by the State.
Why was Measure V placed on the ballot?
Existing, voter-approved local funding has helped maintain vital services in Concord. Measure V was placed on the ballot after months of engaging the community to hear their feedback and priorities for city services in these challenging times. Top priorities included:
- Maintain 911 emergency response/disaster preparedness
- Support local businesses/jobs through recovery
- Enhance local street/pothole repair
- Maintain community-based neighborhood patrols
- Maintain gang prevention/crime investigation
How does Measure V address emergency services and preparedness?
The Concord community has indicated the top priority is keeping Concord safe. Measure V will help maintain public safety, natural disaster preparedness, emergency response times, crime prevention, and anti-gang programs in Concord.
Does Measure V address road safety and repair?
Yes. Measure V will help Concord continue to improve aging streets and roads, some of which have not had major repair work done in 20 years. Concord maintains 60 million square feet of local roads, and currently has a $26 million annual road maintenance backlog that will get more expensive if not addressed. Measure V will help Concord continue to invest in our roads and support job creation.
Will Measure V help address and prevent homelessness?
Yes. Like many cities, homelessness has been a growing concern in Concord and in our region. Especially with the pandemic, continuing Measure V funding will speed up efforts to compassionately address homelessness with connections to mental health and housing services while keeping our neighborhoods and public spaces safe and clean for all residents, and our community stable and secure.
What does Measure V cost?
Measure V would extend the existing, voter-approved local sales tax with a half-cent increase to one-cent. Measure V is not applied to prescription medicine or food purchased as groceries. Measure V is not a property tax or a tax on your home. Because Concord is a retail destination, out-of-town shoppers pay their share.
Is Measure V fiscally accountable?
Measure V continues to require community and fiscal accountability, including Independent Citizens Oversight, spending priorities based on community input, and mandatory financial audits. Measure V will continue to be spent locally, and no funding can be taken by the state.
Where can I get more information about Measure V?
The City will continue to keep the community informed about Measure V. If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a (virtual) presentation on Measure V, please contact Gladys Mecum at Gladys.Mecum@cityofconcord.org or 925-671-3150. You can also find additional Measure V background and voting information in the links on the right side of this web page.