Measure O

Measure O is the City of Ventura's 25-year, 1/2 cent transaction and use tax that was passed by voters on November 8, 2016.  The measure is estimated to generate $10.8 million in revenue annually and was placed on the ballot to meet the needs of our aging city and protect the health and safety of Ventura residents.  The millions of tourists who spend money on lodging and other taxable items in Ventura also contribute to the cost of maintaining the City with this local sales tax. 

Meeting the Needs of Our Aging City

In accordance with Ordinance No. 2016-16, the City Council created the Citizen Oversight Committee for review of the projected revenues and recommended expenditures for the funds generated by Measure O, and to make recommendations to the City Council as part of the City’s budget process. Agendas and Minutes for the Citizen Oversight Committee can be found on the City’s website.

The local measure contains strict accountability requirements:

  • By law, all funds will remain in the City and cannot be taken by Sacramento
  • Annual independent financial audits and a citizens’ committee will ensure all funds are properly spent
  • A public review of expenditures is required

All City budgets are posted on the City’s website and the budget is discussed at public meetings during the budget process so that the public can provide input on spending priorities.

MEASURE O ALLOCATIONS - FY 2017-2018

Protecting local drinking water supplies and establishing water conservation programs

Maintaining and improving fire, police, and paramedic response times

Keeping all fire stations open

  • $1,643,952 Fire Station 4 located at Telephone Rd. and Montgomery Ave.
    Maintains nine rotating full-time firefighters who staff Fire Station 4 (three firefighters daily)

Protecting local beaches, rivers, and coast waters from pollution

  • $670,000 one-time funding Stormwater Quality Facilities
    Hall Canyon storm drain improvement project in process
  • $65,000 ongoing funding Drainage Repair & Maintenance  
    Maintained trees and vegetation at Brown Barranca
  • $100,000 ongoing funding Surfers' Point Coastline preservation 
  • $1,280,000 Preserve park recreational facilities and protect coastline 

Keeping our neighborhoods safe from gangs and drugs

  • $622,000 Partial year appropriation for non-sworn, non-safety, Police Officer Trainees for neighborhood drug and
    crime prevention

Effectively addressing the issue of homelessness

  • $300,000 City contribution to future community homeless shelter
  • $100,000 ongoing funding for Safe and Clean Programs such as citywide debris removal in the public right-of-way

Protecting and seismically repairing bridges

  • $100,000

Maintaining local streets, roads, and essential City services

  • $50,000 Clean Public Restrooms ongoing funding (35 heavier used public restrooms now cleaned more often i.e. Community Park, Camino Real Park, surfers' Point, etc.)
  • $50,000 one-time and $65,000 ongoing funding for Ventura Pier Maintenance
  • $150,000 Aquatic Center Equipment Replacement Fund (items such as boiler, pumps, chemical system, etc.)
  • $100,000 one-time and $100,000 ongoing funding  Parking Lot Maintenance and Repair
    400 block of Oak Street completed; North side of Main St Loma Vista to Borchard in process
  • $300,000 Median Maintenance (areas such as Telephone from Petit to Victoria, Victoria form 101 to Telegraph, Telegraph from Ashwood to Victoria)
  • $85,000 Alley Maintenance one-time funding for the following areas: Midtown between Katherine to Borchard, Chestnut & California Street
  • $700,000 one-time funding for sidewalk & Bike Pedestrian Safety, more than 80 damaged sidewalks were repaired Downtown and in the Wellness District between Ventura Ave and Seaward Ave
  • $800,000 Traffic Signal System Replacement one-time funding
  • $950,000 Tree Maintenance one-time funding (Areas: Zone 16, 18, 14 and other areas)
  • $750,000 Facilities Deferred Maintenance one-time funding - Design, construction and administration for the Barranca Vista Recreation Center Repairs and Reimbursement; this project is not completed
  • $750,000 one-time funding and $1.5M ongoing funding Street Reconstruction and Deferred Maintenance - Harbor Blvd completed, Portola and Telephone Roads completed; Telegraph Road, Main Street to Mills Road
  • $350,000 Repair public buildings and facilities
  • $25,000 Hill Road Library - Funds 16 additional hours open per week (January-July 2018)

Improving services for seniors, the disabled, and veterans

Reserves 

  • $1,994,048

TOTAL  $13,500,000

MEASURE O ALLOCATIONS - FY 2018-2019 (to date) 

Protecting local drinking water supplies and establishing water conservation programs

Maintaining and improving fire, police, and paramedic response times

  • $168,000 Safe and Clean Focused Patrols/Enhanced Security Camera Monitoring - Resources to address chronic homelessness and vagrancy

Keeping all fire stations open

  • $1,724,000 Fire Station 4 located at Telephone Rd. and Montgomery Ave.
    Maintains nine rotating full-time firefighters who staff Fire Station 4 (three firefighters daily)

Protecting local beaches, rivers, and coast waters from pollution  

  • $65,000 ongoing and $790,000 one-time Drainage/Stormwater repair and maintenance 
  • $100,000 Surfers' Point Coastline Preservation
  • $250,000 Protect local rivers, beaches and waterways

Keeping our neighborhoods safe from gangs and drugs

  • $1,507,200 - 1 Police Sergeant and 4 Police Officers performing the full range of law enforcement

Effectively addressing the issue of homelessness

  • $150,000, 2 Groundskeepers have been hired (ongoing ask for funding)
  • $225,000 Expanded the Ambassador Program from the Promenade to Kellogg Street (ongoing ask) 
  • $600,000 Homeless Shelter - City has provided its share (shelter is expected to be open in 2019)
  • $250,000 Blight Reduction - debris removal in the public right-of-way, shopping cart and graffiti removal
  • $157,000 Safe & Clean Manager; hired (ongoing ask for funding)

Protecting and seismically repairing bridges 

  • $950,000

Maintaining local streets, roads, and essential City services

  • $50,000 Clean Public Restrooms ongoing funding; (35 heavier used public restrooms now cleaned more often; Community Park, Camino Real Park, Marina Park, Surfers' Point, etc.
  • $65,000 ongoing funding Ventura Pier Maintenance
  • $150,000 one-time funding Park equipment replacement fund (Aquatic Center Equipment Replacement Fund for items such as boiler, pumps, chemical system, etc.)
  • $100,000 Parking Lot Maintenance and Repair ongoing funding
  • $300,000 Media Maintenance (Areas such as Telephone Rd. from Petit to Victoria, Victoria Ave from 101 to Telegraph, Telegraph from Ashwood to Victoria
  • $85,000 Alley Maintenance ongoing funding
  • $700,000 Sidewalk & Bike Pedestrian Safety one-time funding
  • $145,000 Traffic Signals, Signs & Guardrail Maintenance ongoing funding
  • $90,000 Citywide Striping Services ongoing funding
  • $50,000 Citywide Streetlight Maintenance ongoing funding
  • $900,000 Tree Maintenance - Queen Palms and Easement Trees citywide are currently being pruned as well as trees in Zone 3, 10, 20, 13, 21, 24, 17, 15, 6, 12, 8, 9, 7, 23, 19, 1, 2, 5, and 22

  • $1,580,000 Street Reconstruction and Deferred Maintenance one-time funding
  • $50,000 Hill Road Library - Funds 16 additional hours open per week
  • $100,000 Community Granting Program (this program is currently being designed)

Improving services for seniors, the disabled and veterans

$35,000 Senior Strategic Plan

Reserves

$225,960

TOTAL $11,806,200