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Posted on: July 24, 2018

City Council Acts to Place Local Control and Essential Services Measures on November Ballot

For Immediate Release: July 25, 2018

Contact: Lauren Sugayan

laurens@unioncity.org

510.675.5400

City Council acts to place local control and essential services measures on November Ballot


Last night, City Council voted to place two measures for voter consideration on the November ballot to maintain essential services and enhance local control.

The first measure is a cannabis business tax that, if approved by voters, would apply only to Union City cannabis businesses to ensure they pay their fair share to maintain Union City’s quality of life and public safety, to include:

  • 911 dispatch, neighborhood police patrols
  • Emergency response times
  • After-school programs for children and teens
  • Keeping fire stations open full time
  • Possible funding towards community youth education programs
  • Possible funding towards enforcement to prevent the illegal black market of cannabis

The measure would include strict accountability requirements, including independent audits and yearly reports to the community to ensure funds are spent efficiently and effectively.

A second measure, if approved by voters, would establish Union City as a Charter City with a city charter, which would operate as Union City’s constitution over local matters, giving residents a greater voice and enhancing local control over local revenue. If enacted, Union City would become a Charter City with an enhanced Real Property Transfer Tax paid when property is transferred from seller to buyer, with much of the revenue coming from corporate and commercial real estate owners.

Residents can learn more about these ballot measures at www.unioncity.org/ballotmeasures.

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