Measure S Sales Tax Fiscal Accountability


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Measure S is a general sales tax measure approved by the South Lake Tahoe voters during the November 3, 2020 election. This one percent sales tax took effect on April 1, 2021 increasing South Lake Tahoe's sales tax rate from 7.75 percent to 8.75 percent. 

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration issued a Special Notice with information regarding the new Sales and Use Tax rates operative April 1, 2021.

FISCAL ACCOUNTABILITY AND FINANCIAL REPORTING

To ensure that Measure S funds are being spent as promised, the City of South Lake Tahoe provides fiscal accountability measures including public disclosure of all spending, annual independent financial audits and performance reports. All money is exclusively used by the City in South Lake Tahoe and cannot be taken by the county, state, or federal government. Measure S sales tax is projected to generate between $5.9M and $6.2M annually for the next five years.

View '2021-22 Measure S Sales Tax Collection Report' here.


How are Measure S funds contributing to the community?

In March 2021, City Council passed a motion adopting the 2021-2026 Strategic Plan. The Measure S funded projects listed below are in accordance with the Strategic Plan and serve the purpose of improving the community of South Lake Tahoe. 

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PRIORITY - FIRE PREVENTION

Project #1 Fire Station II Rehabilitation &Staffing  
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $500K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for Fire Station II Rehabilitation and $396K for Fire Station II Staffing.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $2.3M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted on an annual basis for additional 7 firefighters funded previously by the three-year SAFER grant and for Fire Station II Rehabilitation.

Project #2 Fire Marshall Position (50%) & Vehicle Purchase   
Fiscal Year 2021-22: At the November 2nd, 2021 City Council meeting $171K of Measure S funds were appropriated to pay for 50% of the newly created Fire Marshall position and one-time vehicle purchase.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $135K of Measure S revenue will budgeted annually to pay for 50% of the Fire Marshall position.

PRIORITY - EMERGENCY RESPONSE

Project #1 Public Safety Radio System Replacement 
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $2.4M of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the purchase and financing of an emergency communications system for Police, Fire, and Public Works.  

Fiscal Years 2023-27: $1.9M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted over the course of the next five fiscal years to pay for the remainder of equipment purchase and financing.   

PRIORITY - Infrastructure Repair and Equipment Replacement

Project #1 Road Rehabilitation
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $2.5M of Measure S revenue is budgeted for the 2022 Road Rehabilitation Project.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: $3.0M of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for Road Rehabilitation projects.

Project #2 Vehicle and Equipment Replacement
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $500K of Measure S revenue is budgeted for vehicle & equipment replacement used for essential services such as snow removal and street repair.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: Approximately $850K of Measure S revenue will be budgeted annually for vehicle & equipment replacement.

Project #3 Stormwater Management Program
Fiscal Year 2021-22: $50K of Measure S revenue is budgeted to help fund the City's Stormwater Management Program.

Fiscal Years 2023-27: $50K of Measure S revenue will be budgeted on an annual basis to support the Stormwater Program.