November 2, 2021 - Special Municipal Election - Charter Amendment
On August 3, 2021, the City Council called a Special Election to be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021, for the proposed Charter amendment to be placed on the ballot:
City of Riverside Services Protection Measure. To maintain such general city services as 911 response, fire, paramedic, police, street repairs, parks, senior services; address homelessness; shall the measure amending City of Riverside’s Charter to continue collecting in electric rates and maintain the voter-approved fund transfer (established 1968), limited to 11.5% of gross revenue, providing approximately $40,000,000 annually to City of Riverside’s General Fund not increasing tax or utility rates, until ended by voters, requiring audits/all funds controlled locally, be adopted?
The full text of the proposed measure will be mailed with ballot materials to each voter as shown below:
Sec. 1204.2 Electric Utility Revenue
The revenue of the electric public utility for each fiscal year shall be kept separate and apart from all other moneys of the City by deposit in the appropriate revenue fund and shall be used for the purposes and in the order set forth in Section 1204 and for the annual payment by the electric utility into the general fund in twelve equal monthly installments during each fiscal year, an amount not to exceed 11.5 percent of the gross operating revenues, exclusive of surcharges, of the electric utility for the last fiscal year ended and reported upon by independent public auditors. The proceeds shall be used to maintain local general purposes as the City Council may by budget or other appropriation direct such as 9-1-1 response, fire, paramedic, police, street repairs, parks, senior services, homelessness and other general services.
El 3 de agosto de 2021, el Concejo Municipal convocó una Elección Especial que se llevará a cabo el martes 2 de noviembre de 2021, para que la enmienda propuesta a los Estatutos se coloque en la boleta electoral:
Medida de Protección de Servicios de la Ciudad de Riverside.
Para mantener los servicios generales de la ciudad como respuesta al 911, bomberos, paramédico, policía, reparaciones de calles, parques, servicios para personas mayores; abordar la falta de vivienda; ¿Deberá la medida que enmienda los Estatutos de la Carta Constitutiva de la Ciudad de Riverside para continuar recaudando tarifas eléctricas y mantener la transferencia de fondos aprobada por los votantes (establecida en 1968), limitada al 11.5% de los ingresos brutos, proporcionando aproximadamente $40,000,000 anuales al Fondo General de la Ciudad de Riverside sin aumentar las tarifas de impuestos o servicios públicos, hasta que sea terminado por los votantes, requiriendo auditorías/todos los fondos controlados localmente, sea adoptada?
El texto completo de la medida propuesta se enviará por correo con los materiales de la boleta electoral a cada votante como se muestra a continuación:
Sec. 1204.2 Ingresos de Servicios Eléctricos
Los ingresos de la empresa de servicios públicos de electricidad para cada año fiscal se mantendrán separados y aparte de todos los demás dineros de la Ciudad mediante depósito en el fondo de ingresos correspondiente y se utilizarán para los fines y en el orden establecido en la Sección 1204 y para el pago anual por parte de la empresa eléctrica al fondo general en doce cuotas mensuales iguales durante cada año fiscal, un monto que no excederá el 11.5 por ciento de los ingresos operativos brutos, sin incluir recargos, de la empresa eléctrica para el último año fiscal terminado y reportado sobre por auditores públicos independientes. Las ganancias se utilizarán para mantener los propósitos generales locales, según lo haga el Concejo Municipal por presupuesto u otra asignación directa, como respuesta al 9-1-1, bomberos, paramédicos, policía, reparaciones de calles, parques, servicios para personas mayores, personas sin hogar y otros servicios generales.
For further election information, contact the City Clerk’s Office at 951-826-5557.
What’s on the November 2nd Ballot?
As all the City Council races were decided in June, Measure C is the only item on the Municipal Election ballot.
What is Measure C?
If enacted, Measure C maintains existing levels of local funding that by law cannot be taken by the county, state or federal government. This maintains services such as firefighting, paramedics, police, street repair, and senior and youth programs.
Why are we doing this now?
Particularly in times like this, the City faces tremendous pressure on its budget from the economic impacts of the Coronavirus. Riverside has a responsibility to maintain its local funding and financial stability -- and continue providing essential local services like firefighting, paramedics, police, street repair, and senior and youth services that are more important than ever. Measure C maintains existing levels of local funding that by law cannot be taken by the county, state or federal governments.
Does Measure C raise taxes or fees?
Measure C does not change electricity rates or raise City taxes. It simply renews permission for the City to continue paying for the services Riverside residents currently receive, such as police and firefighter services and road repairs, through a transfer of revenue from the electric utility to the general fund that has been in place locally since 1968 and approved by voters on four previous occasions.
Why doesn’t the City combine this election with the State Recall in September?
Unfortunately, the State called the election in a manner which did not allow time for any county or city with a municipal election, to consolidate.
How do I vote?
Vote by mail ballots will be mailed to registered voters the week of October 4th. Vote by mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received within three days of Election Day to be counted.
Where can I get more information?
On July 20th, the Riverside City Council placed the Riverside Services Protection Measure – Measure C—on the November 2nd ballot.
Measure C does not change electricity rates or raise City taxes. It renews permission for the City to continue paying for the services Riverside residents currently receive, such as police and firefighter services and road repairs, through a continued revenue transfer from the City’s electric utility to the general fund. This practice has been in place locally since 1968 and approved by voters on three previous occasions.
Measure C will help maintaining local funding that is important for City service needs and priorities including:
- Addressing homelessness
- Maintaining City streets/street repairs
- Maintaining police and fire/paramedic services
- Investigating and preventing property crimes
- Preparing for and recovering from public health emergencies
- Retaining local businesses
- Keeping public areas and parks clean and safe
- Preventing and preparing for wildfires
With nearly three in every four calls made to the City of Riverside dispatch for medical emergencies or rescues. Measure C can help ensure Riverside maintains the needed firefighters-paramedics, infrastructure, lifesaving equipment, personal protective equipment and communications technology to save lives in any type of natural disaster or health emergency. As there are no City Council district runoff needs, Measure C is the only item on your November 2nd Municipal Election ballot.