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Porterville, CA 93257
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Dear Neighbors:

On August 7, 2018, the Porterville City Council placed Measure I – a local one-cent sales tax—on the November 6, 2018 ballot. If approved, Measure I would provide local funds for Porterville’s public safety and essential city services.

Almost 60% of all 911 calls to the Porterville Fire Department require emergency medical attention.  The American Heart Association © says brain deterioration starts between 4-6 minutes after a person stops breathing.  If enacted, Measure I will provide funding to help achieve rapid response times from our City’s firefighters and emergency medical workers, who are the first to respond and save lives.

And as many of our residents know, almost 60% of Porterville streets are rated “poor,” “very poor,” or “worse” by independent pavement management engineers. Many times, these essential repairs and safety improvements become more expensive over time. If approved, Measure I requires that funds generated be used for Porterville’s public safety and quality of life, including:

  • Maintaining police, fire and emergency response times
  • Preventing property crimes like thefts and burglaries
  • Repairing potholes and maintaining streets
  • Keeping public areas safe and clean
  • Maintaining and improving school safety
  • Addressing homelessness
  • Increasing after-school and library programs

Measure I includes fiscal accountability provisions such as establishing a citizens’ oversight committee, public disclosure of all spending and performing annual independent financial audits.  These fiscal safeguards will ensure funds are used efficiently, effectively and as promised, and only for programs and services that benefit Porterville residents.

Links:

Measure I Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

City Council Resolution Placing Measure I on the ballot

Ordinance

Measure I Presentation


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