Measure V

Why does the city need Measure V? The answer is simple – we have a critical general fund deficit. Currently, the City of Ridgecrest general fund budget is $12.5 including $2.6 million in Measure L revenue. Without Measure L the city’s general fund would be approximately $9.9 million. This would makes Ridgecrest’s general fund budget one of the lowest in the state for a city our size of 28,600.

What is the cause? Simply put, our largest employer China Lake Naval Weapons Center which employs over 6500 individuals pays no sales tax, vehicle tax or property tax. Additionally, the city in 2012 lost $4 million in revenue from the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency (RDA). These two issues create a significant hole in the city’s budget.

How do we compare to other cities?

1) City of Shafter with a population of 17,000. They currently have a general fund budget of $27.9 million which is nearly triple our general fund budget without Measure L.

2) City of Barstow with a population of 23,000. They currently have a general fund budget of $18.1 million almost double our general fund without Measure L.

3) City of Paso Robles with a population of 30,000. They currently have a general fund budget of $30.6 million triple our general fund budget without Measure L.

It is clear our city has a critical general fund shortfall when compared to other cities with less or equal population who are operating with general funds 2 to 3 times our size. While Measure V (the continuation of Measure L) is not the complete fix to our issue it will help our city maintain public safety and road maintenance. If you listen to the hyperbole of some they would lead you to believe that the city is well funded and does not need this continued funding. They are mistaken. Without this funding the City of Ridgecrest will change for the worse. There will be significantly less police protection and road maintenance.

It is up to us to decide which direction we want our city to go.

VOTE YES ON MEASURE V

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