Union City Public Safety Funding
Local Funding for Local Public Safety
For nearly two decades, Union City’s Public Safety Parcel Tax has provided approximately $4 million in annual funding dedicated to public safety. This funding has helped keep police officers patrolling our streets, helped maintain response times to emergency calls, created youth violence prevention programs, helped decrease youth and property crimes by nearly 30% and provided many other critical public safety programs and services. Unless renewed by voters, this funding will automatically expire in June 2021. Without this funding, reductions in critical public safety services and programs will likely occur, resulting in slower response times and further reductions in on-duty police officers, firefighters and paramedics.
Renewing Public Safety Funding
To prevent further cuts to funding to support public safety in Union City, the City Council has placed a Public Safety Parcel Tax Measure on the upcoming March 3, 2020 ballot. This funding would generate approximately $5 million for police, fire, paramedic and youth violence prevention programs. If approved by at least two-thirds of Union City voters in the primary election, this measure would continue to provide funds to be used for your top priorities, including:
- Preserving 911 emergency response and disaster preparedness
- Maintaining youth violence prevention, gang intervention and crisis response for greater school and community safety
- Maintaining neighborhood police patrols
- Preventing additional fire station closures and reductions in on duty firefighters and paramedics
We asked the community about their public safety priorities and here are the results of those who indicated these services as high priority:
- Local Funding Fact Sheet
- Community Presentation
- Citywide mailer - September
- Citywide mailer - November
- Press Release issued November 29 Regarding Placement of Renewal Tax Measure
- How does the City's tax rates compare to other Alameda County cities? Read here.
- Low income homeowners are exempt. Here is the reimbursement form.
- Youth and Family Services Program Fact Sheet
- City Council Meeting; October 22 - Presentation of polling results and options for tax rate and term.
- City Council Meeting: November 12 - Continued Discussion on Fiscal Analysis
- City Council Meeting: November 26 - Public Hearing to Place a Renewal Tax Measure on the March 3, 2020 Ballot
Alignment with the City's Strategic Plan
- Goal A: Foster fiscal health through disciplined long-term planning, cost control, heightened efficiency, increased revenue and cost recovery.
- Strategy: Determine the level of reauthorization of the public safety parcel tax and develop an informational plan.
- Goal C: Institute forward-thinking business, land use development, housing, social services, and public safety strategies that promote community growth and innovation.
- Strategy: Align public safety services with community needs based on a data driven decision-making approach (i.e., emergency medical services, restoration of terminated police programs, etc.).
We Want to Hear from You
We invite the community’s feedback as we examine our needs. Click below to complete our brief survey and make your voice heard.