Speak Your Piece: Measures D and E

Those who have lived in Redding for many years are acutely aware of some of the negative changes that have occurred in our town during the past decade. The combination of Prop. 47, AB 109, meth and heroin usage, declining tax revenues caused by the Great Recession, and decreases in state funding for vital programs have all severely impacted the agencies whose mission is to ensure public safety. The passage of Measures D and E this November will greatly contribute to restoring citizen safety and quality of life.

How much will Measure D cost? The extra 1/2 cent sales tax will add a mere nickel to a $10.00 taxable purchase, and because grocery food, prescription drugs, rent/mortgage payments, insurance payments, utilities and fuel, and medical devices and services are exempt from sales tax (https://www.salestaxhandbook.com/california/sales-tax-exemptions), the average Redding household will see a monthly cost increase of less than $4.25 per month. Single retirees will likely pay less than an additional $1.50 per month.

What do Redding citizens receive in return? The projected $11,000,000 in annual revenue will provide:

1. Seed money for a much-needed sobering center which will decrease the burden on the jail and the E.R.s of our two hospitals which have long struggled in treating individuals with problems of drug and alcohol intoxication.

2. $1,000,000 to match Shasta County’s $1,000,000 for a mental health crisis stabilization unit.

3. Funding through 2019 for additional out-of-county jail space to house the repeat offenders who are now subject to the infamous “catch and release” because of our woefully inadequate number of jail beds.

4. Funding for the Redding Fire Department to provide increased staffing and conversion of all City of Redding fire stations from 2-person engine companies to the national standard of 3-person engine companies.

5. Funding for the Sheriff’s Department to create and staff additional jail space to house offenders who now are booked and released through the jail’s “revolving door.” Ensuring that those arrested for criminal acts are held accountable will compel many offenders to take advantage of rehab programs which will improve their lives and assist them in becoming productive members of society.

6. Funding to restore a portion of the 26% reduction in sworn Police Officers and Community Service Officers that has occurred since 2008. APD Chief Michael Johnson attributes his city’s significant reduction in crime to an increase in staffing and pro-active policing made possible by Anderson’s passage of its own 1/2 cent sales tax measure in 2014. Here in Redding, with over 600 arrests since its inception at the beginning of this year, RPD’s Neighborhood Policing Unit demonstrates what pro-active policing can accomplish, but without revenue from Measure D, it will be disbanded next July. And with increased RPD staffing from Measure D, officer response times which have nearly doubled since 2008 will be reduced considerably.

Measure D will provide the funds to address Redding’s public safety problems, and Measure E will ensure that the funds are spent as intended by the voters. The Citizens’ Advisory Committee and the annual audit of revenues and expenditures by the Pun Group C.P.A.s will provide the transparency voters require. These measures will provide a great benefit to Redding residents at a very minimal cost. On November 8, please vote “YES” on Measures D and E.

Richard Christoph and Theresa Moravec,
Neighborhood Watch Block Captains

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7 Responses

  1. Jeff Avery says:

    Well written and timely. We cannot continue with the current status quo. Thank you for your time and efforts in getting this passed.

  2. Grammy says:

    Mmmm you mean if the monies all go down as planned.  Once put in play the funds often go astray.  Retirement for all these lofty goals will be a continuing issue.

    We on a fixed income have to budget to make sure the bills are paid.  Sure a few bucks here a few bucks there. isn’t that big a deal but when added up, becomes unmanageable.  Retires have not had an increase in pay for many a year.  This year there will be an increase BUT Medicare goes up more than that.  Part D is going up monthly.  Prescriptions are shockingly going up.

    Federal road tax, state road tax and then sales tax was suppose to take care of our deteriorating roads.  It is still in play today but the roads are in horrible shape (this is just a case in point of when funds are voted on then the lofty goals get lost somewhere).  The public pays huge amounts of money but we all know that it isn’t making it to the point of these taxes.  Where is it and what happened to it?  My guess is retirement for the past workers because the currant sign-ons have a far less beneficial package.

    Sure $3.00 isn’t a lot of money but considering the average couple do not have $1000 in savings (statistics quoted in last night’s presidential hopeful speeches),  That is $997 in savings the first month,  $994 the second month.  This $3.00 will come from people who are living on the edge right now.

  3. Barbara Stone says:

    I, too, question the way the measure was written: if the money goes to the General Fund, there is no guarantee that any of the above plans for the money will happen. And correct me if I’m wrong about this, the accompanying measure for an oversight committee is ADVISORY only? So what is the point of that! They can advise all they want, but the Redding City Council can apparently spend the money any way they see fit. the question is whether or not we can trust the council to distribute the funds to the intended places.

  4. Frank Treadway says:

    Hey Granny, cut out any of the following, if you indulge in such of course: the cigs, Starbucks, candy for one year and you’ll be in the clear. And you’ll feel safer from criminal activity and safer in your home. Think forward and tighten your belts, whatever you may crave, outside of basic foods.  Redding likes to think of itself as the Capitol of the North in so many ways, but our vagrant, transient and AB109er problem erases all those positive aspects of Redding.  Our Council & Supervisors are on a ‘turn down all the ideas’ jag; so hopefully our Yes votes on D&E  will put some of these problems in motion.

    Further, I invite Mr. Baugh to take an early morning walk in the Downtown sector, talk to folks in Library Park, he’ll be texting for his wife to come and pick him up pronto.

    • Grammy says:

      Do not eat out, do not ever never have a coffee (even from McDs).  Do not consume sugar of any kind.  Do not smoke (anything!) or drink anything but water or tea.  Go to town once a week to ten days.  Use the Safeway on the east side of I-5 (because shopping at the Cyprus and Pine has homeless begging) when I have to go to Safeway.  Other wise Winco is as wild as my shopping gets.  I splurge on ice every week.  Are you going to begrudge me my bag of ice?

      Yes the homeless situation in Redding is bad but no one seems to have an answer beside bussing them to some where else.  Building rooms for them will only encourage more to arrive.  There isn’t enough housing for HUD qualifying people now.

      Drugs are the #1 problem (I feel) here in Shasta county.  Heroin is cheap.  Crack and pot easily gotten.  People are getting rich running dispensaries.  Tweakers are scary and unpredictable and all over the place.  Most neighborhoods have the sell of drugs going down daily.  Money handed over.  Car or bike takes the money to another location.  Drugs are given then given to customer.  Money, drugs and  customer are never together.

      Police are so busy dealing with pulling up pot plants they are not giving out tickets for traffic violations.  Loud thumping music, loud mufflers, jacked up 4 X 4s, running red lights, and speeding tickets could make up these funds and allow the hiring of more officers.  This county is lawless when it comes to road issues.

      Someone needs to invent a shot that makes all these drugs useless and a total waste of use.  Mandatory injection when arrested.  Instead Redding is opening a methadone clinic so that there isn’t the rush to Chico every day.  Horrible solution to the problem.  Why don’t these people just move to Chico?!

      Three dollars might not seem so much to you Mr.  Treadway but that is a minimum of $3 a month (probably more!).  That is $36 a year only if you do not buy a car, large appliance, new rug for the house……

  5. Russell K. Hunt says:

    It provides no jail space.The jail basement is already ready for conversion. Courtrooms 1 and 2 cannot be converted as the new courthouse is dead. The money gone. The Board of Supervisors voted against a  state funded  new jail because it did not have the funds to run it. The BOS voted against a Level 2 prison on Clear Creek Rd. Now they want our money ? Exactly for what ? We have no need for more fireman, just lower priced ones. Privatize the FD. Crimes are one of opportunity. More cops do not mean less crime. According to the State statistics, crime went up with more cops in Anderson. It’s a lack of jobs and economic opportunity caused by excessive taxes and regulations. Putting a patch on a rubber raft made of rubber patches is a never the solution. The core problems are not being addressed. More money for mental health doesn’t mean more people will seek help.  A sobering center can be created now in the old Sheriff’s Office. Both the county and city have significant surpluses have their reserves. Nowhere do you address the problem of getting the homeless off the streets.  The money will back fill the unfunded pension liabilities created by poor city management. See the reality and learn to deal with it.

  6. Richard Christoph says:

     

    Barbara Stone:

    Thank you for your comment.  First, revenue from Measure D will go to a separate bank account where it will be subject to oversight by the Citizens’ Advisory Committee and audited annually by the Pun Accounting Group CPAs to ensure transparency.

    Measure D revenue will NOT be spent on unfunded liabilities which are a separate issue. Redding has already taken steps to pay down those pension obligations, and funds from Measure D will be spent solely on public safety related services.

    The reason that advisory Measure E was included to direct the funds to public safety, is that Measure D can be passed with a simple majority + 1 vote, just as Anderson did in 2014.  Redding’s 1/4 cent sales tax proposal at the same time garnered nearly 57% of the vote, but did not meet the 66.66% + 1   required because of the way the proposal was written. But even though Measure E is not legally binding,  I have full confidence that the funds will be spent as promised, and provide results similar to Anderson’s very significant decrease in both violent and property crime.

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