Residents in Alamo’s Round Hill area will not see a decrease in police presence in their community with voters having approved Measure C, a parcel tax increase for police services funding, in their special election.
According to the Contra Costa County Elections Division, final results released on Wednesday show 485 votes (76.26%) cast for Yes on Measure C, well above the two-thirds approval needed to pass. Voter turnout was 46.54% of the approximately 1,300 registered voters in the election.
Measure C will increase the special tax on each parcel of taxable property in Round Hill by $140 effective July 1, resulting in a maximum tax of $932 for parcels used for commercial recreational purposes and $470 for all other parcels.
According to the ballot package issued by the county, funds will be used for maintaining and expanding the current level of police services provided by the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office.
“(Funds will be used) solely for the purposes of obtaining, furnishing, operating, and maintaining police protection equipment or apparatus, for paying the salaries and benefits of police protection personnel, and for such other police protection service expenses as are deemed necessary,” according to the Measure C official ballot package.
In order to ensure that Measure C funds are used properly, the Contra Costa County’s chief fiscal officer will provide annual reports showing the amount of income that is collected from the tax and how those funds are spent.
According to the County Service Area P-5 Committee -- the citizen advisory committee tasked with advising the county Board of Supervisors on issues that concern the Round Hill area -- the approval of Measure C was vitally important in order to ensure that police services would not diminish in the area. Stating that prior to Measure C, the special property tax for police services had not been increased in more than 15 years, and a no vote could have resulted in increased criminal activity in the area.