What would Measure F-20 funds address that our cannabis tax does not?

The City’s cannabis tax is a new revenue that began in 2018 once the first cannabis businesses opened. It is estimated to generate $1.5 million this fiscal year (FY 2020-21). Because it is a new revenue source, and given uncertainties in the statewide cannabis market, the City has been cautious with these revenues to focus on one-time uses and sufficient reserves rather than significantly expanding General Fund costs to meet community needs. The City has made some initial investments with the cannabis tax revenue, including increasing the City’s funding for fire and emergency medical services by over $500,000 annually over the past two years. This allowed the conversion of temporary reserve firefighters to permanent positions given increased service demands. Other initial investments include partial funding for adding a Police Sergeant position and adding funding increases for maintaining parks and City facilities. The cannabis tax revenues have also helped the City avoid budget shortfalls and service reductions with revenue losses due to COVID-19. However, the cannabis tax revenues do not provide funding to address the long-term community needs identified by the public given the scale of these needs.

For additional information on the City’s current budget, you can review and download the FY 2020-21 Adopted Budget.

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1. Why is Measure F-20 on the November 2020 ballot?
2. What are some of the financial challenges facing Grover Beach?
3. What may happen if Measure F-20 doesn’t pass?
4. How will Measure F-20 appear on the November 2020 ballot?
5. Is Measure F-20 a general tax or a special tax?
6. How will Measure F-20 impact me?
7. Will there be any safeguards in place to ensure Measure F-20 revenues are appropriately spent?
8. How is the revenue estimate calculated?
9. Is Measure F-20 intended to address budget shortfalls related to fiscal impacts of COVID-19?
10. Why does the City need additional funding for street repairs? Doesn't Measure K-14 cover these projects?
11. What would Measure F-20 funds address that our cannabis tax does not?
12. Can’t property tax revenues cover unmet community needs?
13. What are transient occupancy tax (TOT) revenues being used for?
14. What could Measure F-20 help fund?
15. How is the City informing the Grover Beach community about Measure F-20?