Parcel Tax Loses

By Post Staff

Oakland voters on Tuesday overwhelmingly defeated three ballot measures, including Measure I, which would have provided $60 million in parcel taxes to preserve city services.
Sixty-two percent of voters voted against Measure I, an $80 per single-family home parcel tax that was put on the ballot by the City Council to stabilize the city’s budget.
Seventy-three percent of voters defeated Measure H, which would have given the City Council to choose a city attorney instead of voters.
Measure J, which would have allowed the city to change the deadline for fully funding a police and fire retirement plan for employees hired before June 30, 1976, was voted down by fifty-three percent of voters.
Mayor Jean Quan said in a prepared statement that the failure of Measure I means that Oakland will have more difficulty maintaining current level of police staff and will not not be able to restore senior centers to full day services, add tree and road crews, improve internet access at public libraries or upgrade police technology.
“The city finances remain very fragile,” Quan wrote. “Fortunately the city has for the first time in many years the required $30 million in reserves. I will continue to work with the community to find new ways to generate revenue including economic development projects and attracting new businesses to Oakland.”