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 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 will be exclusively used by the City in South Lake Tahoe and cannot be taken by the county, state, or federal government. 

REVENUES

Measure S is projected to generate between $6.5M and $6.8M annually for the next five years. 

View '2021-22 Measure S Sales Tax Collection Report' here. 

EXPENDITURES 

View 'Measure S Sales Tax Five-Year Financial Plan - Fiscal Years 2023 to 2027' here.

PRIORITY - FIRE PREVENTION

Project #1 Fire Station II Rehabilitation and Staffing, Fire Marshall Position Funding (50%) 
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 2021-22: $500K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for Fire Station II Rehabilitation, $396K for Fire Station II Staffing, and $171K for Fire Marshal position funding (50%) & vehicle purchase.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $2.3M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for additional 7 firefighters funded previously by the three-year SAFER grant, Fire Station II Rehabilitation, and Fire Marshall position funding. 

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 2021-22: $2.3M of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the purchase and financing of emergency communications system equipment. 

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. 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 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. Additionally, $50K is budgeted annually to fund the Stormwater Management Program.

Project #2 Vehicle and Equipment Replacement
Replacement of aging equipment is essential to providing services such as Snow Removal to the community. 

How are Measure S funds contributing?

Fiscal Year 2021-22: $500K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for vehicle & equipment replacement.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $800K of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for vehicle & equipment replacement.


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