Measure B Open House Information Sessions set for Oct 15 and 16

Updated October 03, 2018
At the request of the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (RCONA), the city will be holding two Measure B Open House Information Sessions.  

These are open to the public and community members can drop in anytime during the open house to get information and ask questions about the city’s budget and Measure B.

The sessions will be from 6 -8 p.m., Monday, October 15 at the Martha Riley Community Library and 6-8 p.m., Tuesday, October 16 at the Maidu Community Center.

There is information about Measure B here.

Here are a few answers to questions we've received over the past few weeks.

Regarding the cost per family of a half-cent sales tax increase:
FACT: The City estimates $5/month is the additional expense a family of four in Roseville will incur if the sales tax increase passes.

Regarding pension costs:
FACT: The outcome of the vote on Measure B does not change the City’s legal obligation to pay pension costs. It doesn’t change the levels of pension benefits either. A change in state law is needed to allow this.

FACT: The City reduced pension benefits for new hires over 5 years ago. As of Jan. 1, 2013, non public-safety employees at the age of 62 receive 2% of their highest average annual compensation over a three-year period times the number of years served. As of Jan. 1, 2013, sworn police and fire employees at the age of 57 receive 2.7% of their highest average annual compensation over a three-year period times the number of years served.

FACT: Employees are now paying 100% of their share of pension costs. Over the past 10 years, the City has renegotiated its labor contracts so that employees are paying 100% of the employees' share of pension costs. Any further changes to the pensions of current retirees or current employees would require a change in state law.

FACT: The City is facing bigger expense issues than pensions. Costs related to infrastructure, deferred maintenance and the cost of doing business (such as minimum wage and healthcare) are higher than pension costs. At the same time, revenue is slowing due to online shopping and to the shift from buying goods such as DVDs and lawn mowers, which are taxed, to services such as online movie streaming and yard maintenance, which are not taxed.

Regarding the City’s commitment to fiscal responsibility:
FACT: The City Council’s policy IS to live within its means. Expenses must align with the revenue the City receives. That means the City will not borrow in order to meet regular ongoing expenses. Less revenue means less services, since many amenities and service levels in Roseville are discretionary—a matter of choice—and not required by law. More revenue means protecting the service levels in place and some increases in both service levels and fiscal stabilization. The City Council discussed this at its budget workshop. You can see an article about that here. https://roseville.ca.us/news/what_s_happening_in_roseville/city_begins_preparation_of_two_budget_scenarios

FACT: This is not the first year the City is cutting expenses. In 2007, the City began cutting costs and reducing service levels. To see a summary of cuts, go to Roseville.ca.us/reductions For the past decade, we’ve been addressing the issue of slowing revenues and rising costs. The difference now is that the ways in which we’ve been doing it—such as employee compensation—haven’t been as noticeable to the public until recently. The City has minimized the impact of cuts to the public for as long as we could.

FACT: The City reviews contracts to ensure it is a cost savings versus hiring staff. Costs of contracts will still continue to rise since employers in the private-sector face the same costs pressures as the City including increasing minimum wage and healthcare costs.

FACT: Police and Fire ARE part of City government. Police and Fire receive 53% of the $95 million in sales and property tax revenues the City receives. The other 47% pays for streets, libraries, park, recreation programs, code enforcement, and general government. This reflects the priority the City Council’s places on Public Safety.

FACT: The City has taken significant steps to address labor costs. As a service organization, labor is our biggest expense. Since 2007, the City’s workforce has been reduced 30% per capita while the population has grown. We reduced salaries to middle of the market. We reduced overall medical and retirement benefits. We use contract services.

FACT: Roseville’s electric, water, wastewater, and solid waste utilities do not receive sales tax revenue and will not be affected by the outcome of the vote on Measure B. They generate revenue from customers they serve.

Regarding sales tax
FACT: The City receives just one penny of the 7.25 cents collected in sales tax on every dollar. FACT: Roseville’s 7.25% sales tax rate is the lowest allowed by state law. If Measure B passes, the sales tax rate of 7.75% will still be among the lowest in the region.

FACT: A half-cent sales tax increase is an extra $5/month for a family of four. It’s an extra 5 cents on the cost of a $10 purchase.

FACT: 60% of Roseville’s sales tax revenues are paid by visitors and businesses. Residents account for just 40% of the sales tax revenue. FACT: The City receives about 15% of the property taxes you pay. That’s $615 of the average Roseville property tax bill of $4,100. The rest goes to the state and federal government.

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