Measure E

Measure E: Elk Grove’s Public Safety and Quality of Life

Sales Tax Change

The local sales tax rate increased from 7.75% to 8.75% on April 1, 2023.

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About Measure E

On November 8, 2022, Elk Grove voters approved Measure E with 30,434 (54.3%) yes votes and 25,611 (45.7%) no votes, enacting a one-cent local sales tax to help address services the community identified as important including reducing crime, addressing homelessness, improving 911, police, fire, and emergency disaster and medical response, enhancing programs to combat youth crime and gang prevention, maintaining streets, improving traffic, maintaining parks, clean and safe public areas, and economic development.

Funds will be shared between the City of Elk Grove and Cosumnes CSD as defined by an approved Tax Sharing Agreement between the agencies.

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Citizens’ Oversight Committee

The City Council created the Measure E Citizens' Oversight Committee to review the revenue and expenditures of funds from the general Transactions and Use (“Sales”) Tax known as Elk Grove’s Safety and Quality of Life Measure E.

Learn more about the Measure E Citizens’ Oversight Committee

Community Identified Needs And Priorities

City of Elk Grove

Reducing Crime and Improving Emergency Response

Provide additional public safety resources to keep our neighborhoods safe and reduce crime. Increase neighborhood police patrols, ensure the Police Department is attracting, retaining, and adequately equipping public safety professionals and pursue new, innovative approaches to reducing crime.

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Addressing Homelessness

Provide resources to address mental health, substance abuse, and job training needs while ensuring our local businesses, residential neighborhoods, and public areas are safe and secure for everyone.

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Enhancing Programs to Combat Youth Crime and Gang Prevention

Fund property and violent crime investigation and prevention, and address crimes related to youth and gangs including supporting after school recreational and enrichment programs to keep youth actively engaged and supported for a bright future.

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Maintaining Streets and Improving Traffic

Maintain pothole repair and enhance major roads to improve traffic flow and reduce congestion for the safety of all drivers, bikers, and pedestrians, including safe routes for school kids walking or biking.

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Clean and Safe Public Areas

Keep public areas safe and clean for community members as well as visitors. Implement programs that directly impact visual blight as well as ensuring a safe community for all.

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Economic Development

Attract and retain local businesses and jobs to ensure a robust local economy

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Cosumnes Community Services District

Fire Protection Services

Improve 911 emergency response times to ensure that calls for service meet national response time standards.

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Maintaining Parks

Maintain and repair public bathrooms, landscaping, sports fields, deteriorating playgrounds and equipment, including security lighting to keep play spaces clean and safe for children and families.

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The Budget Explained

Twenty percent (20%) of the funds generated annually will be saved in a reserve to fund future priority projects. The 80% remaining will be split between the City and Cosumnes CSD (CCSD). The agreement also specifies the CSD’s share, with two-thirds for fire protection services and one-third for parks and recreation services. While the agreement does not specify the City’s allocation, the City intends to allocate its share as indicated below.

Measure E Tax Sharing Method
Total Estimated Year One Revenue   $22,500,000
Future Priority Projects/Reserve 20% $4,500,000
Remaining Funds (Community Services Funds) 80% $18,000,000
Community Services Funds Allocation 
City of Elk Grove 62.5%  $11,250,000
Crime Reduction/Rapid Response    $4,500,000
Homelessness   $2,025,000
Maintaining Streets and Improving Traffic   $2,700,000
Youth Gang/Crime Prevention   $225,000
Clean and safe public areas (also included in homelessness/parks)   $225,000
CCSD 37.5% $6,750,000
Fire Protection Services   $4,500,000
Parks and Recreation Services   $2,250,000
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Funding by Organization


Funding by Priorities

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City of Elk Grove Funding

Expenditures By Priority  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
Reducing Crime  $4,802,999 
Addressing Homelessness  $2,035,553 
Youth Crime and Gang Prevention  $293,555 
Maintaining Streets and Improving Traffic $2,738,044 
Clean and Safe Public Areas  $225,000
Economic Development  $1,275,000 
Total  $11,370,151 
Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget
Compensation  $2,149,032
Operating Expenses  $4,732,357
Internal Services  $570,531 
Capital Equipment  $2,082,559 
Capital Improvements  $1,590,000 
Transfers  $245,672
Total  $11,370,151 

Note: The Internal Services portion of the budget pays for ongoing goods and services provided by the Information Technology Department, Facilities and Fleet Division, and Risk Management Division. Examples of such goods and services include software subscriptions and updates; vehicle fuel and maintenance; and insurance premiums. Internal Services costs are shown in each Priority if applicable. 

Note: The Transfers portion of the budget pays for ongoing services provided by central support departments such as Finance, Human Resources, and City Attorney’s Office. Examples of such services include payroll administration; budgeting and purchasing administration and assistance; personnel salary and benefits administration and assistance; reviewing contracts and staff reports. Transfers costs are shown in each Priority if applicable. 

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Cosumnes CSD Funding

Expenditures by Priority Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Fiscal Year 2025 Budget
Fire Protection Services $4,500,000 $4,637,300
Parks and Recreation Services $2,250,000 $2,315,200
Total $6,750,000 $6,952,500
Expenditures by Category Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Fiscal Year 2025 Budget
Personnel Services $1,206,545 $2,735,544
Services and Supplies $1,126,324 $1,131,210
Capital Outlay and Contingency $2,508,111 $639,500
Transfers Out $730,765 $766,572
Total $5,571,745 $5,272,826

View more details about Cosumnes CSD's Measure E Funding

Measure E funding is creating new opportunities to address community needs and priorities

  • Adding 19 new positions that enhance public safety including a Youth Services Team, mental health clinicians, additional patrol officers and emergency dispatchers; and
  • Increased funding for street pavement maintenance and projects to reduce traffic congestion; and
  • Funding to address homelessness including interim shelter options, improved access to mental health services, and prevention programs like utility assistance; and
  • Increased funding to remove graffiti and keep public areas clean and safe; and
  • Economic development projects and programs that support local businesses, beautify existing storefronts, and attract visitors to enhance the local economy.

Reducing Crime and Improving Emergency Response

Budget Summary

Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 
Compensation  $1,812,954 
Operating Expenses  $435,722 
Internal Services  $489,431 
Capital Equipment  $1,865,315 
Transfers  $199,577
Total  $4,802,999 


Budget Initiatives 

Add 3 Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Positions ($919,753)

Current POP staffing consists of 4 officers for the entire city. Retaining only 4 officers limits the availability to dedicate time to the numerous services provided by the Unit. Current POP Officers manage and staff no less than 28 special events annually; manage open POP cases that are lengthy, time-consuming, and unique community- focused/harm-based issues; and handle loss-prevention and Intelligence Led Policing. Adding POP personnel will allow the City to have two teams to serve Elk Grove; one will focus on the East and the other on the West. The teams will focus on the specific issues in their area related to quality of life, long-term problems, homelessness, and youth services. 

  • Youth Services: 
    • Explorer program 
    • Volunteer program for youths ages 14-18; 
    • serves as an introduction to a public safety career/recruiting pipeline) 
    • engages youth in after-school and community-based activities. 
  • Juvenile Diversion 
  • ABC and Tobacco Grant management (reducing/impacting the illegal sales of tobacco and alcohol to minors) Investing in programs that build connections and support systems for at-risk youth is the greatest long-term positive impact on their success in life. 
  • Homelessness- POP officers work with the Homeless Outreach Team, Homeless Navigator, Mobile Crisis Support Team, and Code Enforcement to provide resources to address mental health, substance abuse, community safety, and blight associated with homelessness.  
Add 2 Motor Officer Positions ($547,794)

2022 saw a 200% increase in fatal collisions (9) over 2021 (3) and 2022 (3) and a 350% increase over the low of 2 fatal crashes in 2017. The City contracted with Citygate Associates, LLC for a police staffing and efficiency study, completed in February 2022. Part of those findings included a recommendation for the traffic unit to include four additional motor officers to increase coverage to include weekends and evenings. This increased coverage would allow for traffic enforcement in high-collision areas, increased special enforcement activities in and around schools, and addressing speed and other traffic complaints. In addition, it would help to reduce the increased number of fatal pedestrian collisions and fatal collisions overall. Two additional officers are planned to be added in future years.

Real-Time Information Center Video Wall Replacement ($500,000)

The video wall is integral to operating the Real-Time Information Center (RTIC). This wall has ingested video and static intelligence displayed from multiple client inputs during all operational hours. When RTIC staff assist with routine calls for service, critical events, or disasters, the wall is utilized as a primary intelligence viewing platform for RTIC staff, Watch Commanders, and executive staff. The existing wall is made of Mitsubishi monitors, which are no longer supported. The monitors need to be replaced with a product that will be supported, given the critical nature of the system.

Add 3 Dispatcher Positions ($465,667)

Increasing the number of dispatchers (from 19 to 22) would allow the dispatch center to modify the current shift schedule and increase the number of dispatchers working on each shift. By increasing shift staffing, the dispatch center would likely reduce 911 answer times leading to more efficient dispatching of 911 events and meeting the national response time standards. In addition, this would allow for quicker patrol response times and a reduction in crime. Improved employee wellness would be an additional benefit to increasing the number of dispatchers because working as a police dispatcher can be one of the most stressful positions in the department. The need to address dispatcher wellness is essential now due to the extreme difficulty in recruiting and retaining police dispatchers.

Add 2 Patrol Officers ($459,546)

The City's current patrol allocation for police officers is 59 (with 4-5 vacancies). This number for patrol staffing is inadequate, given Elk Grove’s population and expected growth. Calls for service have increased dramatically over the last two years. With significant entertainment-related infrastructure being built and planned in the City, i.e., Sky River Casino, Zoo, Project Elevate, etc., the City will see increased crime and need law enforcement dedicated to these areas to ensure a safe environment for patrons. With additional resources, the response time for patrol will likely decrease, allowing our officers to serve the community proactively.

Add Special Operations Lieutenant Position ($358,096)

The new Special Operations Lieutenant would oversee the Crisis Response Unit (CRU), which encompasses the Special Weapons and Tactics Team, the Hostage Negotiations Team, Tactical Dispatcher Team, and the Unmanned Aerial Surveillance Team. In 2022, the CRU was called to approximately 30 preplanned or call-out events. Currently, the CRU is overseen but a combination of Sergeants, Managers, and Lieutenants, many of whom are tasked with being the Tactical Commander or an Incident Commander simply due to their availability. The Lieutenant would be the designated Incident Commander for all CRU-related events and take the initiative in the operational planning, be present for all CRU-related events, and facilitate debriefs and training exercises.

Add 2 Mental Health Clinician Positions ($351,826)

Calls for service often involve a mental health component. Police officers have been increasingly tasked with responding to crises involving individuals with behavioral health conditions or intellectual and developmental disabilities. These situations are often complex and present significant challenges which require a high level of training and expertise to serve these populations effectively. The Police Department currently has one Mobile Crisis Support Team (MCST) that consists of a police officer partnered with a Mental Health Counselor. The MCST co-responds to calls involving mental health crises. The current Mental Health Counselor is a Sacramento County employee placed with the Police Department through an agreement. The Police Department is allocated two Counselors; however, the County has been unable to provide a second Counselor for more than two years due to staffing issues and may no longer be able to give the City even one Counselor at the end of the current agreement's term. Hiring two City Mental Health Clinicians would ensure the Police Department could operate two MCST units, allowing the unit to expand the days/hours the MCST is available.

Drone as a First Responder Program ($300,000)

The Drone as a First Responder (DFR) Program is designed to augment police field response to calls for service with real-time actionable video intelligence. The DFR program includes pre-positioned unmanned aerial system (drone) assets and is ready to launch and fly to locations of calls for service. The pilot will be remotely positioned and control flight with a visual observer. By leveraging technology already existing in the Real-Time Information Center, DFR drones can launch and be on station overhead of a call for service, typically before ground resources arrive in vehicles. The DFR program will provide real-time video intelligence overhead calls for service, typically before ground resources arrive on the scene. It can locate, report, and follow suspects and suspected vehicles involved in crimes that have just occurred while ground resources respond to the location. In addition, DFR drone missions can check the validity of certain calls and can mitigate those calls in place of having police officers on the ground to respond. The funding would cover the cost of 4 Unmanned Aerial Systems, docking stations, and the associated software.

Add Recruitment Team Officer Position ($292,070)

A Police Department recruitment team will help with crime reduction efforts by allowing the department to have adequate staff dedicated to recruiting viable candidates to fill vacancies, which in return allows the department to allocate more resources to proactive policing, community policing, and better investigatory follow-up and case closures. The recruitment team will aid in improving response times as this team’s primary responsibility would be to recruit personnel to fill current and future vacancies to ensure positions in operations are adequately staffed to respond to calls for service without delay. The recruitment team’s efforts in reducing organizational vacancies will allow the department to create programs such as youth and gang services that are more difficult to fill with inadequate staffing.

Add Training Team Officer Position ($275,818)

The Police Department’s training team would alleviate the current responsibilities shared by many staff members throughout the organization. A dedicated training team responsible for all department training would allow the current large pool of employees who handle training as an ancillary assignment to be more present in their patrol duties, community policing duties, and investigations duties and would assist with reducing crime by allowing officers to focus on their primary responsibilities. This would also allow for a potential decrease in response times to calls for service by having more resources in the field focused solely on their primary duty, which is responding to calls.

Add Community Service Officer (Parking) ($229,929)

No staff is currently dedicated to addressing complaints regarding abandoned or illegally parked vehicles. The Traffic Unit receives approximately 150 traffic complaints a month involving abandoned and illegally parked vehicles. Because the Traffic Unit doesn’t have anyone dedicated to these complaints, these calls are routed to dispatch, and calls for service are created. These calls are shared by patrol officers, Patrol Community Service Officers (CSOs), Traffic Officers, and POP Officers. While abandoned or illegally parked vehicles don’t require a sworn officer response, Patrol CSOs also respond to traffic collisions and missing person reports and obtain cold (not in progress) crime reports. Therefore, they cannot handle all abandoned or illegally parked vehicle calls. On average, the Police Department takes approximately 300+ abandoned or illegally parked vehicle calls monthly. In 2021 the Traffic Unit had a CSO temporarily assigned to handle abandoned or illegally parked vehicle complaints for eight months. This was a temporary and unique assignment due to an administrative staffing assignment involving another employee. However, this temporary position was very beneficial in handling the massive call and complaint load. Currently, the Traffic Unit has one full-time CSO assigned to Red Light Camera Program. This CSO is also responsible for the weekly Preliminary Alcohol Screening Device (PAS) calibrations. When the Traffic Unit CSO is sick, or on vacation, sworn traffic officers are pulled from their primary duties to complete the PAS calibrations and work on the Red Light Camera program. With a second CSO in the traffic unit, they would assist the current Traffic Unit CSO and act as a “backup” for PAS calibrations and the Red Light Camera program, preventing a sworn traffic officer from being pulled from their primary duties. Assigning a full-time CSO dedicated to abandoned or illegally parked vehicle calls would significantly free up patrol officers, patrol CSOs, traffic enforcement officers, and POP officers to focus on their primary duties.

Cobwebs Software ($74,000)

Purchase a deep search intelligence platform to perform public internet and dark web searches, linking people, property, and data together. The software will assist with criminal investigations and human trafficking.

Additional Flock Cameras ($28,500)

Purchase 10 additional Flock Safety License Plate Readers. These devices alert the Real-Time Information Center whenever a wanted vehicle enters an area where a camera is installed. These cameras assist with crimes in progress, investigating crimes, and locating missing persons and vehicles. An additional ten cameras will allow for further coverage throughout Elk Grove.

Addressing Homelessness

Budget Summary

Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 
Compensation  $91,559 
Operating Expenses  $1,856,500 
Internal Services  $23,959  
Capital Equipment  $50,000 
Transfers  $13,535 
Total  $2,035,553 


Budget Initiatives 

Interim Shelter Options ($1.55 million)

Provide interim shelter options to people experiencing homelessness. Based on community feedback and potential partnerships with Sacramento County and local/regional nonprofits, this may include the following first-year programs: 

  • Emergency overnight shelter (during winter months) 
  • Motel vouchers 
  • New navigation or transitional housing 
Add Homeless Navigator Position ($184,553)

Add a new Homeless Outreach Navigator to further establish relationships and build trust with people experiencing homelessness and help them access resources. Navigators complete assessments for housing opportunities, make referrals for shelters and temporary and permanent housing, help people to obtain documents needed for housing (such as IDs and birth certificates), and connect people with social services, including mental health and substance abuse resources. The City's existing Navigator coordinates with the Police Department and holds office hours at Elk Grove United Methodist Church three days a week. Expanded navigation services will offer more opportunities for collaboration (e.g., with CSD and the Food Bank).

Mental Health Access Improvements ($115,000)

Explore options to improve access to existing County and privately-funded mental health and substance abuse interventions. More research is needed, but this could include peer counseling in the community, expanded services at the Wellness Center opening in Elk Grove this year, transportation to appointments, new beds at treatment facilities, and harm reduction strategies.

Ongoing Case Management and Life Skills Training ($115,000)

Provide support, including case management and life skills training, to people exiting homelessness to help them maintain their housing. Such case management would include assistance with budgeting, independent living, service referrals to healthcare, and other resources. It would also include informal landlord/tenant mediation and an attempt to address potential problems before the tenancy is lost. If feasible, a mentoring component would also be included.

Transitional Housing Support ($40,000)

Provide case management in two of the City's transitional housing options (Grace House and Meadow House). Provide operations support to Waking the Village for its Elk Grove- based transitional housing and emergency shelter programs for transition-age youth (ages 18-25).

Utility Assistance ($25,000)

Provide utility assistance for lower-income households whose electricity or gas is in danger of being shut off due to nonpayment. Funding would be granted to the Elk Grove Food Bank, which would qualify households to receive funding and make payments directly to utility providers.

Encampment Cleanup Incentives ($6,000)

Provide small gift cards to people living in encampments who bag their trash. These costs are the gift card cost only-PD homeless outreach officers currently manage the program.

Youth Crime and Gang Prevention

Budget Summary

Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 
Compensation  $115,233 
Operating Expenses  $40,136 
Internal Services  $32,367
Capital Equipment  $92,244 
Transfers  $13,575 
Total  $293,555 


Budget Initiatives 

Add Youth Services Team Officer Position ($293,555)

The creation of a Youth Services Team would serve to meet the needs of the community to target issues with youth in Elk Grove. The Youth Services Unit would organize, coordinate, collaborate, and assist with developing and running various youth programs to build positive relationships with youth in our community. Some of the programs will include sports, education, and gang/crime prevention. The position will also pursue opportunities to partner with the Cosumnes CSD and the Elk Grove Unified School District.

Maintaining Streets and Improving Traffic

Budget Summary

Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 
Compensation  $129,285
Operating Expenses  $900,000 
Internal Services  $24,774 
Capital Equipment  $75,000 
Capital Improvements  $1,590,000
Transfers   $18,985
Total  $2,738,044 


Budget Initiatives 

Pavement Maintenance ($1.59 million)

The increased funding will be used primarily for arterial road rehabilitation (overlay), pothole repairs, and spot paving repairs. Other likely applications include resurfacing additional streets and using funds as a local match for potential grants. Better pavement condition reduces wear and tear on vehicles and improves fuel efficiency. A fix-it-first approach also results in cost savings over time as more costly and intensive repairs are avoided.

Pavement Management Position ($248,044)

Add a Public Works Inspector to help manage the additional pavement work. The Inspector would inspect construction activities on assigned public works projects; ensure conformance with approved plans, specifications, and City standards; maintain records and prepare reports on projects inspected.

Traffic Congestion Management Plan ($900,000)

Implement a variety of projects and initiatives identified in the City's Traffic Congestion Management Plan, including, but not limited to: 

  • Convert traffic signal communications infrastructure from legacy copper to fiber or cellular. Install fiber optic lines and connect to signals and City network throughout the City. 
  • Add video vehicle detection at traffic signals to replace existing inductive loops. 
  • Install remote traffic monitoring tools on major corridors. 
  • Add CCTV at traffic signals. 
  • Evaluate signal synchronization/travel times and update signal timing plans. 
  • Install remote traffic monitoring tools on major corridors. 

Clean and Safe Public Areas

Budget Summary

Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 
Operating Expenses  $225,000  
Total  $225,000 


Budget Initiatives 

Keep Elk Grove Clean - Pilot Project ($160,000)

Joint venture with Public Works and Public Affairs to implement the Keep Elk Grove Clean and Safe Campaign. Ongoing campaigns will include education and promotion, and increased native tree planting, trash receptacles, and mutt mitt stations along trails/creeks/channels/roadsides. This would consist of servicing the trash receptacles, mutt mitt stations, and additional litter pickup. The project also includes funding for an expected increase in homeless camp cleanup demands. The project aligns with the beautification efforts from the Elk Grove Anti-Trash group and a request from the City Council for an anti-litter campaign.

Graffiti Abatement ($65,000)

Contract with a professional graffiti removal company to quickly remove graffiti on private property visible to the public, keeping the community beautiful and deterring additional graffiti and other criminal activity.

Economic Development

Budget Summary

Expenditures By Category  Fiscal Year 2024 Budget 
Operating Expenses  $1,275,000 
Total  $1,275,000 


Budget Initiatives 

Elk Grove Tech Hub ($250,000)

Design and construct building improvements to create tenant spaces in a shared building for technology startups.

Grant Line Business Park Infrastructure ($250,000)

Design and construct critical sewer, water, roadway, and signage facilities in the Grant Line Business Park.

Project Elevate Pre-Development ($250,000)

Fund planning and design pre-development costs related to Project Elevate.

Brewery, Winery, Restaurant Incentive Program ($200,000)

Create and implement a brewery, restaurant, and winery incentive program to assist businesses with tenant improvements and City-related startup costs, including impact fees.

Facade Improvement Program ($100,000)

Create and implement a façade improvement program to fund the construction of façade improvements (lighting, signage, paint, awnings) to buildings in older business districts and shopping centers throughout the city.

Startup Main Street Program ($100,000)

Create and implement a Startup Main Street Program to assist Main Street businesses with launching their venture.

Historical Downtown District ($75,000)

Form a Property Business Improvement District, or PBID, in the City’s Old Town commercial district to facilitate the marketing and management of Old Town as a local and regional destination.

Event Attraction Grant Program ($50,000)

Create and implement an event attraction grant program for purposes of partnering with Visit Elk Grove, the City’s tourism marketing district manager, to provide incentive grants to attract high-impact events and conferences to the City.

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