Measure S Sales Tax Fiscal Accountability

Measure S is a general sales tax measure approved by the South Lake Tahoe voters during the November 3, 2020 election. This one-cent sales tax took effect on April 1, 2021 increasing South Lake Tahoe's sales tax rate from 7.75 percent to 8.75 percent. 

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration issued a Special Notice with information regarding the new Sales and Use Tax rates operative April 1, 2021.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND FINACIAL REPORTING

To ensure that Measure S funds will be spent as promised, the City of South Lake Tahoe will provide fiscal accountability measures including public disclosure of all spending, annual independent financial audits and performance reports. All money will be exclusively used by the City in South Lake Tahoe and cannot be taken by the county, state, or federal government. 

REVENUES

2020-21 Measure S Sales Tax Collection Reports 
View Measure S Sales Tax report here.


EXPENDITURES

PRIORITY - FIRE PREVENTION

Project #1 Fire Station II Rehabilitation and staffing 
In March 2021 City Council passed a motion approving the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan which identified investing in Fire operations and equipment as a top priority. 

How are Measure S funds contributing?

Fiscal Year 2020-21: $75K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for Fire Station II Rehabilitation.

Fiscal Years 2022-25: Approximately to $1.2M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for additional 7 firefighters funded previously by the three-year SAFER grant, and for Fire Station II Rehabilitation.

PRIORITY - EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Project #1 Public Safety Radio System Replacement 
In December 2020 City Council passed a resolution authorizing a Purchase Agreement with Walker Telecomm, Inc., not to exceed $4,605,243 for equipment and installation of a radio system for Police, Fire, and Public Works.

How are Measure S funds contributing?

Fiscal Year 2020-21: $996K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the purchase and financing of emergency communications system equipment. 

Fiscal Years 2022-25: $3.6M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted over the course of the next four fiscal years to pay for the remainder of equipment purchase and financing. The project will require an additional $400K at a later time for permit fees, land use agreements for sites that are not currently owned by the City, and leased fiber connections to meet the minimum network requirements.  

PRIORITY - CITY STREETS REPAIR AND SNOW REMOVAL EQUIPMENT REPLACEMENT

Project #1 Road Rehabilitation
In April 2021 City Council passed a motion approving the Measure S Road Rehabilitation 5 Year Plan.

How are Measure S funds contributing?

Fiscal Year 2020-21: $750K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the 2021 Road Rehabilitation Project.

Fiscal Years 2022-25: Approximately $2.0M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for Road Rehabilitation projects. The remaining funds will be used for various equipment purchases, including snow removal equipment and infrastructure needs as approved by City Council in those years.


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