Port Hueneme City Council Votes to Place Local Funding Measure On November Ballot | Maintain Public Safety & Quality of Life Services

Port Hueneme, CA – The Port Hueneme City Council voted last night to place the Port Hueneme 911/Essential Services Measure for voter consideration on the November 2018 election. If enacted by voters, the measure would generate $1.8 million annually to support vital public safety and quality of life services.

“We are pleased to place this issue on the ballot for consideration by the community,” said City Manager Rod Butler. “Over the last few months, we have engaged over a thousand residents at more than two dozen community meetings on community priorities. We heard loud and clear that residents prioritize maintaining and protecting existing levels of service. This measure aims to protect public safety and quality of life services at the levels our residents expect.”

“The simple fact is that we need more locally-controlled revenue,” Butler continued. “With Sacramento taking over $1 million in Port Hueneme’s local funds every year, it has gotten harder and harder to protect the services our residents rely on. This measure, if approved by voters, would provide locally-controlled revenue that cannot be taken away by the state.”

Priorities identified in a community survey conducted by the City in the spring by residents included preventing the elimination of the City’s police department, protecting fast 911 response times, funding gang, drug, and crime prevention and investigations, addressing homelessness, and fixing potholes and repairing streets, storm drains, and other infrastructure, all services the funding from this measure would support if enacted.

“The City needs a dependable revenue source to fund our vital city services,” Butler said. “This measure, if enacted by voters, will provide a dependable revenue stream that cannot be taken by the state. Protecting our local funding will help keep Port Hueneme a special place to live and protect local property values.”

“We look forward to talking with Port Hueneme residents about our City’s needs and look forward to hearing from them in November.”


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4 Responses to Port Hueneme City Council Votes to Place Local Funding Measure On November Ballot | Maintain Public Safety & Quality of Life Services

  1. William Hicks July 21, 2018 at 6:40 am

    Maybe if Oxnard had put it up to their constituency, they wouldn’t be in the mess they’re in.

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    • Citizen Reporter July 21, 2018 at 8:11 am

      They did put up a large business tax in 2014 and it was soundly defeated.

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      • William Hicks July 21, 2018 at 11:02 am

        That brings up a couple questions:

        1) Why is business responsible for paying for services everyone uses?

        2) What were the results of the tax hike? Was it successful in meeting the goal of providing needed services?

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        • William Hicks July 21, 2018 at 11:04 am

          I should have stated #2 differently. IF the tax had been approved, was there any indication it would have been successful at paying for needed services.

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