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 percent 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 FINANCIAL REPORTING
To ensure that Measure S funds are being spent as promised, the City of South Lake Tahoe provides fiscal accountability measures including public disclosure of all spending, annual independent financial audits and performance reports. All money is exclusively used by the City in South Lake Tahoe and cannot be taken by the county, state, or federal government. Measure S sales tax is projected to generate between $5.9M and $6.2M annually for the next five years.
In March 2021, City Council passed a motion adopting the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan. The Measure S funded projects listed below are in accordance with the Strategic Plan and serve the purpose of improving the community of South Lake Tahoe.
PRIORITY - FIRE PREVENTION
Project #1 Fire Station II Rehabilitation &Staffing
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $500K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for Fire Station II Rehabilitation and $396K for Fire Station II Staffing.
Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $2.3M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted on an annual basis for additional 7 firefighters funded previously by the three-year SAFER grant and for Fire Station II Rehabilitation.
Fiscal Years 2023-27.
PRIORITY - EMERGENCY RESPONSE
Project #1 Public Safety Radio System Replacement
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $2.4M of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the purchase and financing of an emergency communications system for Police, Fire, and Public Works.
Fiscal Years 2023-27: $1.9M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted over the course of the next five fiscal years to pay for the remainder of equipment purchase and financing.
PRIORITY - Infrastructure Repair and Equipment Replacement
Project #1 Road Rehabilitation
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $2.5M of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the 2022 Road Rehabilitation Project.
Fiscal Years 2023-27: $3.0M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for Road Rehabilitation projects.
Project #2 Vehicle and Equipment Replacement
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $500K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for vehicle & equipment replacement used for essential services such as snow removal and street repair.
Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $850K of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for vehicle & equipment replacement.
Project #3 Stormwater Management Program
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $50K of Measure S revenue is budgeted to help fund the City's Stormwater Management Program.
Fiscal Years 2023-27: $50K of Measure S revenue will be budgeted on an annual basis to support the Stormwater Program.