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Measure T – The Disaster Preparedness, Public Safety and Infrastructure Bond

Fact Sheet

The City of San José is proposing a $650 million general obligation bond measure for the November 2018 ballot to:

  • Upgrade 911 communications, police, fire, and paramedics facilities to improve emergency and disaster response;
  • Repair deteriorating bridges vulnerable to earthquakes;
  • Repave streets and potholes in the worst condition;
  • Prevent flooding and water quality contamination; and
  • Repair critical infrastructure.

The City Council has also adopted an allocation plan that provides more specificity as to the projects eligible for bond funding.

What the Bond Could Do

Public Safety

Bond funding could be used for firefighter, police officer, and paramedic emergency response by:

  • Upgrading the 911 communications center for fire, police, and medical emergency 9-1-1 calls to improve response times and prepare for new technologies like text-to-911 and video-to-911.
  • Upgrading fire stations to improve emergency fire and medical response, as well as building Fire Station 37.
  • Providing a police cadet and officer training facility.

Emergency/Disaster Response

Bond funds could be used for earthquake, wildfire, flood, or major disaster preparation by:

  • Providing an Emergency Operations Center to respond to earthquakes, fires, floods, and other disasters.
  • Upgrading facilities designated as emergency shelters to house residents in the event of a major disaster.
  • Funding flood prevention improvements.
  • Setting aside land that could be used for flood control and environmental protection.

Roads and Bridges

Assuming the $650 million principal amount in Bonds authorized by Measure T is issued, at least $300 million in bond funds will be issued to repave streets and potholes rated to be in the worst condition.  Additional funding could be used to:

  • Repair old and deteriorating bridges and overpasses that could be vulnerable in an earthquake.
  • Upgrade streetlights with LED technology to improve lighting conditions and save money on electricity costs.

Why now?

Many city services, such as public safety, disaster response, and transportation, rely on physical infrastructure.  As the City has grown and technology has changed, many of our public safety and emergency response facilities have become outdated and undersized.  The 2017 Coyote Creek floods revealed that many of our facilities are not ready for a citywide emergency.

Measure T would allow the City to invest in critical public safety, disaster response, and flood control infrastructure.  It would also provide $300 million to repave streets in the worst condition.

How will it work?

Measure T would authorize the City to issue General Obligation Bonds.  Projects in this bond measure would be constructed over the next decade, using proceeds from the bond sale.
The bonds would be repaid through an ad valorem property tax levied each year in an amount sufficient to pay interest and principal on the bonds.  The City estimates that repayment of Measure T would result in an average levy of 11¢ per $1000 of assessed value for properties located in San José, averaging $34,208,000 annually until repaid.  (More information on the cost of the bonds can be found in the Tax Rate Statement.  The bond program would be required to undergo an annual audit and be subject to a Citizen’s Oversight Committee. 

Read the Measure T FAQ
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