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BLUE RIBBON COMMISSION ON JAIL OVERCROWDING REPORT
"S.B. Council Backs Jail Tax Measure S Receives Unanimous, Enthusiastic Reception"
Santa Barbara Independent
"Santa Barbara supports jail tax"
Santa Barbara Daily Sound
"Sheriff’s Jail Tax Garners Early Support from Goleta Council" Noozhawk
ARGUMENT IN FAVOR OF MEASURE S-2010
Measure S will allow the Sheriff to halt the early release of more than 1,700 jail inmates annually into our neighborhoods, and will provide funds to augment, not supplant, crucial public safety services.
Measure S will increase safety in our communities by:
· Building and operating an additional 304-bed jail facility.
· Implementing proven programs that reduce the rate at which criminals return to jail (currently 70%).
· Strengthening front-line law enforcement throughout the County.
· Bolstering critical front-line fire and life-safety services countywide.
Measure S will be funded by a dedicated ½ percent sales tax beginning July 1, 2011. This new ½ percent tax will coincide with the legislated expiration of the State’s temporary one percent sales tax, for a net ½ percent reduction – from 8.75% to 8.25%.
Measure S is expected to generate approximately $30 million annually:
· In the first four years, approximately $15 million annually goes toward jail construction, after which these funds will be spent on jail operations.
· Starting year 1, approximately $5 million goes to evidence-based repeat offender reduction programs and alternatives to incarceration.
· Starting year 1, approximately $10 million goes to front-line law enforcement and fire protection for the Cities of Buellton, Carpinteria, Goleta, Guadalupe, Lompoc, Santa Barbara, Santa Maria, and Solvang, County unincorporated areas, and all Fire Districts within Santa Barbara County.
Measure S, overseen by independent advisory committees, will sunset in 14 years. All funds will be kept local, must be used as defined in the Measure, and cannot be taken by the State.
Measure S allows the County to accept $56.3 million in State jail construction funding, and boosts the local economy with new construction and new jobs.
Measure S will be funded by those who spend money in Santa Barbara County, including out-of-county shoppers and tourists.
Measure S – For a safer Santa Barbara County.
The undersigned authors of the primary Argument In Favor of ballot proposition Measure S-2010 at the Consolidated General Election for the County of Santa Barbara to be held on November 2, 2010 hereby state that this argument is true and correct to the best of their knowledge and belief.
Board of Supervisors, County of Santa Barbara
Salud Carbajal, 1st District Supervisor
Janet Wolf, 2nd District Supervisor
Doreen Farr, 3rd District Supervisor
Joni Gray, 4th District Supervisor
Joe Centeno, 5th District Supervisor