Measure M: Street and Watershed Bonds

Streets and Watershed Improvement Bonds

Summary

Measure M would permit Berkeley to issue $30 million in bonds to repave city streets and improve the health of the city’s watershed through the use of green architectural elements like permeable paving, rain gardens and swales. It would also reduce flooding and improve the water quality in the creeks and bay. 

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what your vote means

Yes

A Yes vote on this measure means: Berkeley will be able to sell $30 million in bonds and use the funds to repave and rehabilitate city streets and use green architectural elements to improve the water quality flowing into creeks and the bay.

No

A No vote on this measure means: Berkeley will not get an additional $30 million to fix streets and the watershed and will rely on existing funds to correct problems.

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financial effect

Yes

To pay the debt service, Berkeley property owners will pay a tax of $14.47 per $100,000 in assessed value. The average annual cost over the 30-year period the bonds are outstanding would be approximately $38 for homes with assessed values of $330,500, $81 for homes assessed at $700,000 and $116 for homes assessed at $1 million

No

Berkeley will pay for street repairs and watershed improvements out of its existing funds, with no additional costs to the taxpayer.

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campaign arguments

Yes

Measure M is the only effective way to start repairing Berkeley’s streets now. 12% of Berkeley’s streets are categorized as “failed,” and fixing them all will cost an estimated $46 million. Berkeley will only allocate $3.6 million for street repairs in 2014 and each year of delay adds $6 million to the costs and increases the likelihood of accidents and lawsuits. Fixing a street before it fails costs $36,000 to $306,000 a mile and reconstructing it after it fails costs $1.5 million

No

Measure M is a piecemeal approach not supported by the full City Council. Measure M won’t meet the city’s street and water management needs and will spend funds on expensive and unproven technologies. In addition, the 5-year street-repaving plan is out of date, so there is no guarantee that the streets that most need fixing will be repaired first. Additionally, the City Auditor has suggested Berkeley follow a Best practices plan called StreetSaver and this measure does not use that approach.

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campaign information

Yes

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No

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Additional information

Measure M Full textClick here to view.

Funding

Yes

RankContributor nameTotal
1Leni von Blanckensee (loan)$5,000
2Gordon Wozniak$1,000
3Local Union #595, IBEW$1,000
4Linda Swift$500
5Skinner for Assembly$500
43.6%
8.7%
8.7%
4.4%
4.4%
$11.5 thousand raised in total

No

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Endorsements

Yes

No

Editorials

Yes

No

Campaign Advertisements

Yes

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No

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Additional Resources

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