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Roseville, Rocklin measures approved by voters

By: Steve Archer, Reporter
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A Roseville sales tax increase measure and a Rocklin parcel tax measure both passed Tuesday night.

Measure B, a half-cent sales tax increase to raise revenues to the city of Roseville’s General Fund, passed with 19,510 yes votes (61.41 percent). The measure received 12,259 no votes (38.59 percent). The measure, which needed a simple majority of votes for approval, was not designed to fund any particular service.

Roseville City Councilman Scott Alvord was relieved that Measure B was “overwhelmingly approved.”

“City residents educated themselves on the issues and learned as much as they could,” Alvord said. “Quality of life issues are becoming noticeable to the public now.”

The half-cent sales tax increase will go into effect April 1 and the first money will arrive July 1 at the beginning of the next fiscal year, according to Alvord. A list of priorities was generated at a September workshop, according to the councilman. First priority was establishing a police department beat seven on the city’s west side, second priority was restoring a police officer to the traffic unit and third priority was maintenance costs for new city parks.

Roseville City Manager Dominick Casey was “excited with the opportunity to protect the city’s General Fund.”

“I am humbled by the support and trust the community has shown by the large support of the measure,” Casey said. “It will be tangible in the next budget.”

In addition to the top three workshop priorities, Casey said library hours might be restored and parks finished.

“There are two city-wide parks that remain unfinished, Central Park and Harry Crabb Park,” Casey said. “Those should be built and constructed in 18 months. The recession fund will also likely be rebuilt and liabilities, like pensions, paid down.”

Casey said all of the identified projects are subject first to City Council approval. Measure B also establishes a citizen’s advisory board appointed by City Council.

Rocklin’s Measure A, a parcel tax designed to fund city parks and the maintenance of parks, passed with 11,298 yes votes (77.43 percent) to 3,294 no votes (22.57 percent).

Karen Garner, Rocklin’s director of parks and recreation, “was thrilled” that the measure passed with 77 percent. The measure will generate $600,000 per year for 10 years, Garner said, and is a renewal of an existing tax that has been around for 30 years in one form or another. Most residents will pay $30 per parcel on their property tax bill, with some paying less for mobile homes or senior discounts.

“That level of support shows parks are important to our residents,” Garner said. “We know we can rely on the money every year for 10 years. The money is very flexible as to how it can be used.”

Garner said the money will mostly be used for existing parks’ ongoing maintenance.

“In 2001, we had 12 parks and now we have 36 parks,” Garner said. “We have more to maintain and we like to keep the same level of service people have come to expect. We also have to look at replacing some items in the parks, for example, play structures, which have a life of about 20 years.”