Here’s how SLO is spending its Measure G sales tax dollars

Posted at 2:56 PM, Apr 09, 2018

The City of San Luis Obispo will present its 2016-17 Local Revenue Measure Annual Report to the public on Thursday.

Measure G, which was first approved by voters in 2006 and extended for another eight years in the 2014 election, established a one-half percent sales tax to be used for essential community services and facilities.

The city reportedly spent $6.1 million of that money during the 2016-17 fiscal year. 

According to city officials, 25 percent was spent on neighborhood street paving. Twenty-three percent of the money was directed toward public safety.

Other expenditures included:

  • Flood protection (18%)
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements (14%)
  • Open space preservation (10%)
  • Code enforcement (4%)
  • Parks and recreation/senior programs and facilities (3%)
  • Traffic congestion relief/safety improvements (3%)

An additional $1.3 million in unspent funds remains assigned to capital improvement projects, according to the city.
Officials say, for every $1 of revenue generated by Measure G, $0.72 is paid by visitors and $0.28 is paid by residents.

Community members are invited to learn more about how the city is spending their sales tax dollars at a presentation to be held from 5:30-8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 12 at City Hall. Those who can’t attend can watch the presentation on the city’s Facebook page. The full report can also be viewed online.