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City of Sacramento
Measure G - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Failed

55,866 votes yes (45.26%)

67,556 votes no (54.74%)

100% of precincts reporting (190/190).

Shall the measure amending the Sacramento City Charter to (1) require that 2.5% of the city's unrestricted revenues be set aside in a newly-established Sacramento Children's Fund, for 12 consecutive fiscal years beginning in 2021-2022, to be spent only on qualifying youth and child services; (2) require that the 2.5% be in addition to that which was expended on eligible youth and children services in fiscal year 2019-2020; and (3) establish a Fund Planning and Oversight Commission, be adopted?

What is this proposal?

Measure Details — Official information about this measure

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Susana Alcala Wood, City Attorney

Measure G has been placed on the ballot by a petition signed by the requisite number of voters. Approval of Measure G would amend the Sacramento City Charter so that for 12 years 2.5% of the city’s unrestricted revenues would be placed in a newly-established Sacramento Children’s Fund, to be spent only on qualifying youth and child services. Disapproval of the Measure G would mean the Sacramento City Charter would not be amended.

The measure’s effect on existing law

The Sacramento City Charter currently requires the city manager to prepare and present to the city council budget recommendations each fiscal year. After a public hearing, the city council adopts a budget. The city council may amend the budget at any time.

The city’s revenues can be unrestricted or restricted. Restricted revenues are those that can only expended for specific purposes. Examples include special taxes, parking meter revenue, and federal grants. These revenues are kept in special funds, because they are distinct from the unrestricted revenues in the city’s “general fund.” Money in the general fund can be spent for any lawful purpose.

Measure G would take some of the city manager’s current budget-development authority and give it to a new Sacramento Children’s Fund Planning and Oversight Commission, which would be responsible for preparing expenditure plans for the Sacramento Children’s Fund.

Measure G would affect the city council’s budget-decision authority. The council could no longer allocate all general fund expenditures for any lawful purpose, but would be required to allocate some expenditures for the purposes described in Measure G. Although the council could still amend the budget at any time during the year, it could not amend it so as to diminish the 2.5% set-aside or the Sacramento Children’s Fund balance.

Operation of the measure

For 12 years, starting July 2021, 2.5% of the city’s “audited total actual unrestricted revenues” would be placed in a Sacramento Children’s Fund. Pursuant to a plan and funding package prepared by a new Sacramento Children’s Fund Planning and Oversight Commission, the city council must appropriate at least 90% of the fund money for youth and child services, as those are described in the measure.

The measure establishes a Sacramento Children’s Fund Planning and Oversight Commission, a 17-member body appointed by the mayor and councilmembers. The commission would be responsible for preparing Three-Year Strategic Plans for city council adoption, evaluating funding applications from non-profit organizations and public agencies, and submitting funding recommendations to the city council.

The measure provides that the money in the Sacramento Children’s Fund must supplement the amount of unrestricted revenue that the city expended for “eligible children and youth services” in the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

By Measure G’s own terms, the charter amendment expires in 2034. Any unencumbered money in the Sacramento Children’s Fund at that time would revert to the city’s general fund.

Measure G will take effect only if a majority of the voters voting on the measure approve it. A “yes” vote is in favor of approving the charter amendment. A “no” vote is against approving the charter amendment.

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against the ballot measure

Arguments FOR

Measure G will improve the lives of thousands of Sacramento children without raising taxes.

Measure G funds services to help children do better in school, graduate, go to college and gain work skills. Measure G will help reduce neighborhood crime, prevent youth homelessness and decrease truancy and school dropout rates.

Measure G funds summer and afterschool programs, tutoring, mental health services, job training, and school readiness programs. Through Measure G, we will keep thousands of Sacramento’s most vulnerable children from falling through the cracks.

Measure G does not raise taxes. It simply requires the City to set aside a modest amount of existing funding each year, 2.5% of its growing general budget, to support Sacramento youth.

Sacramento currently does not have a stable funding source for children and youth. Funding fluctuates based on the politics of the moment and is often in response to an out of control problem. Measure G will change that by consistently funding services to prevent kids from getting off track, which will save taxpayers millions down the road.

The measure will require the Council to appoint a volunteer Planning and Oversight Commission - with public health experts, educators, parents and youth - responsible for developing a 3-year strategic plan.

The measure requires the City to annually evaluate programs for impact and effectiveness. In 12 years, voters will have the opportunity to review the measure’s success and determine whether or not they want to renew it.

Through Measure G, Sacramento will become known around the country as a community that has taken a stand for children and youth.

Vote for Sacramento’s kids and our future.

Please join teachers, pediatricians, youth and community leaders and law enforcement in voting YES on Measure G.

More info at www.sackidsfirst.org

s/ Kevin McCarty
Member, California State Assembly, District 7

s/ Staci Anderson
President and CEO, PRO Youth and Families

s/ David Fisher
President, Sac City Teachers Association

s/ Isra Uz-Zaman
Executive Director, American Academy of Pediatrics California Chapter 1

s/ Derrell Roberts
CoFounder, Roberts Family Development Center

Arguments AGAINST

Measure G is an attempt to fund nonprofit organizations with tax dollars collected to provide essential city services. The measure seeks to give city funds to nonprofits selected by a committee comprised of nonelected youth and adults. The process circumvents standard oversights. In times of emergency or recession, this tax “lockbox” would make 2.5% of our general fund inaccessible to the elected City Council and could lead to the closure of fire stations, pools, libraries, community centers, or parks programs. It could reduce ambulance service or lead to the layoff of city employees – while continuing to foot the bill for nonprofit organizations.

Is Measure G necessary? No. Currently, 7.5% of city funds are spent on youth services and nonprofits that support after-school programming, workforce development, youth employment, gang prevention programs, gun violence reduction programs, recreation, community centers, libraries, public safety academies and more. This measure would change our city charter and can only be undone by another costly general ballot measure.

Measure G sets a terrible precedent, paving the way for any special interest group to float an initiative to secure funding with your tax dollars. It is ballot box budgeting at its worst. It ties the hands of the city and gives authority to a committee with no budget expertise and no accountability to voters. Should Measure G pass, it would negate our ability to increase essential city services like traffic enforcement, street repairs, parks programming, library hours, ambulance and fire service, or to invest in our animal shelter. It would leave no resources available for addressing homelessness or affordable housing, which are our greatest needs.

Budgets are a balancing act. Funding nonprofits in perpetuity is not in the best interest of anyone in our city, including our youth.

Please vote NO on Measure G.

s/ Larry Carr
Councilmember, City of Sacramento

s/ Jeff Harris
Councilmember, City of Sacramento

s/ Angelique Ashby
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Sacramento

s/ Rivkah Sass
Director, Sacramento Public Library

s/ Gary Loesch
Chief, Sacramento Fire Department

Replies to Arguments FOR

Measure G is a cynical money grab by some nonprofits which will blow a hole in the city’s budget. Contrary to the proponents’ statement, the city already funds millions of dollars for youth programs.

Currently nonprofits must annually prove the effectiveness of their programs to continue receiving funds. Measure G eliminates that accountability. The city council would be asked to approve three-year spending plans and would have no control over which nonprofits are selected for funding.

Throwing money at nonprofit organizations does not equate to positive outcomes for youth. While Measure G does not raise taxes today, it will take money away from other critical city services like police, fire, libraries, parks and recreation - all of which benefit youth.

In an economic downturn Measure G would mean layoffs to city employees and closure of city programs including those that benefit kids, while we use protected tax dollars to pay for nonprofit organizations selected by political appointees with no accountability to taxpayers.

Measure G creates a new burden to our city budget, is bad policy, will not improve the lives of children, reduces accountability and places nonprofit organizations’ financial needs above core city services. We need to focus on our greatest problems - homelessness, affordable housing and public safety. We need financial control to do so. Measure G would remove that control.

Please vote NO on Measure G

s/ Larry Carr
Councilmember, City of Sacramento

s/ Jeff Harris
Councilmember, City of Sacramento

s/ Angelique Ashby
Mayor Pro Tem, City of Sacramento

s/ Heather Fargo
Mayor, City of Sacramento (Ret.)

s/ Jimmie Yee
Mayor, City of Sacramento (Ret.)

Replies to Arguments AGAINST

Measure G is about investing in Sacramento’s youth by funding afterschool and summer programs, job training, and mental health supports so that our kids will have a better chance of succeeding in school, career, and beyond. Measure G will reach thousands of youth annually.

Too many Sacramento kids are not getting the opportunities they deserve, and our City must do better. The funding the City currently spends on youth doesn’t mean much if kids are still failing in school, homeless, or contemplating suicide, particularly when young people account for more than 25% of Sacramento’s population

Opponents are trying to scare you by distorting the facts. The City’s general fund has grown by 44% or $189 million since 2014. Just as we have found money for a basketball arena and a soccer stadium, the City can set aside a modest 2.5% of its general fund to invest in our kids.

Measure G increases accountability. The Mayor and Council appoint the Oversight Commission and have the ultimate say on the spending plan. The Commission drafts the plan and an annual evaluation that will be posted online.

Without raising taxes, it’s time to invest in our own future by supporting young people through prevention programs that will clearly save us money in the long run. It’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do – both for the present and our City’s future.

Please vote for our City’s future by voting Yes on G.

s/ Jay Schenirer
Councilmember, City of Sacramento

s/ Eric Guerra
Vice Mayor, City of Sacramento

s/ Allen Warren
Councilmember, City of Sacramento

s/Dee Khang
Youth Leader, EBAYC Sacramento

s/ Mary Cervantez
Treasurer, United Latinos

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