Roads, mental health and public safety salaries top Measure A spending

Turlock City Council received an annual Measure A report on Tuesday, informing the public exactly where the city is spending the voter-approved sales tax measure in 2020.

It was estimated that the sales tax measure would provide $11 million in revenue annually to fund services for the town of Turlock. During the last fiscal year, Measure A brought in $13,236,824 into city coffers.

There were eight areas listed in the Measure A order – “protecting the long-term financial stability of Turlock, maintaining and restoring public safety services, rapid emergency and medical response to 911, fire protection, repair streets and potholes, support local businesses, address the challenges of homelessness and vagrancy, and protect Turlock’s ability to respond to emergencies and natural disasters.

In 2021, the Council split Measure A funds into two separate accounts – one for road repairs and maintenance and the other for everything else.

City Council has allocated $6,618,412 for road projects.

Over $1.3 million was transferred to the general reserve fund.

The majority of other funds were spent on salaries for firefighters and police officers and mental wellness services for City staff ($417,994).

Another $250,000 was spent on general plan implementation and growth.

More than $649,000 was spent on firefighter salaries and benefits and $204,691 on police salaries and benefits.

“The sales tax here is only valid until April, because the May sales tax we expect to receive at the end of July and the June sales tax at the end of August. So these have not yet been published,” said the city’s chief accountant, Nadine Correia, during the report’s presentation on Tuesday. “They have a lag of about seven weeks. Most expenses are here, unless there are overdue bills that may not have been paid, but most bills are already accounted for. »

Chris Nichols represented the Measure A Citizens’ Oversight Committee. He said the committee met quarterly. Meeting agendas are posted on the City’s website and the general public is welcome to attend.

“You did a phenomenal job,” Nichols told the Council. “I’ve looked at those numbers quite thoroughly, and I think you’re on the right track.”