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July 2019 Newsletter


On November 6, 2018, voters within the City of Bakersfield approved Measure N, known as Bakersfield Public Safety & Vital City Services Measure. The Measure is a locally controlled one-cent sales tax measure that will provide approximately $58 million annually to the City of Bakersfield to address top community priorities including enhancing public safety, reducing homelessness and bolstering economic development activities. The Measure is effective April 1, 2019, within the City of Bakersfield.

  • Resolution No. 89-18 - Resolution of the City Council placing the Measure on the November 6, 2018 ballot
  • Ordinance No. 4958 - Adds the Bakersfield public safety/vital city services measure transactions and use tax ordinance to the City's Municipal Code

Investment Priorities

The Bakersfield Public Safety & Vital City Services Measure was placed on the ballot to maintain and enhance vital city services. This was done after gathering community feedback about their priorities for vital services in the City, including over 30 community-based meetings and receiving input from over 1,000 residents. The ballot measure contains 13 specific priorities that will be addressed through future implementation plans. The spending priorities include:

Citizens Oversight Committee

The Measure requires that the City Council establish a Citizens Oversight Committee of no more than nine residents of the City to act in an advisory capacity to review the expenditure of revenues generated by the tax imposed by the Measure. The Committee shall provide independent verification that the revenues collected pursuant to the Measure are expended in such a manner that is consistent with the projects, programs and services described within the Measure. Each Committee member is appointed by the majority of the City Council to three-year terms. There is no monetary compensation for serving on the committee. The Committee was established by the City Council in January 2019. 

The Committee meets on an as-needed basis. Oversight Committee agendas can be are available at:

Oversight Committee Members

Beatris Sanders (Chair) 
Barry Hibbard (Vice Chair) 
Connie Perez-Andreesen 
Brian Holt
Ken Keller
Wayland Louie 
Fred Prince
Mitch Rowland 
Jeremy Tobias


The following documents are presentations made by staff to the Committee.

February 28, 2019
Role of the Citizens Oversight Committee
Summary of Ballot Measure and Pre-Election Public Outreach 
Fiscal Year 2018-19 Measure Revenue Allocation Recommendation 

March 11, 2019
Overview of Staff Recommended Spending Proposals 
Police Department Proposal
Fire Department Proposal
Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center Proposal

March 25, 2019 (Meeting Video
Development Services Proposal (Homelessness and Economic Development) 
Recreation and Parks Department Proposal
Support Services - Technology Services

April 1, 2019 (Meeting Video
Support Services - Human Resources
Public Works Department Proposal
Fiscal Year 2019-20 Measure Revenue Allocation

June 26, 2019
Budget Update 

For Consumers 

If you believe you are being charged an incorrect sales and use tax rate, the CDTFA advises consumers to contact the business where you believe the incorrect rate was charged and request a refund. The CDTFA also requests you notify them about the business you believe is charging the incorrect rate by calling the CDTFA Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115.

For Retailers, Sellers and Purchasers 

The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration (CDTFA) administers, collects and distributes transaction use taxes for all applicable jurisdictions within the state. On and after April 1, 2019, the sales and use tax rates charged for applicable transactions will likely change if you conduct business within the incorporated city limits of Bakersfield. The sales and use tax rate of 8.25 percent is the new sales and use tax rate for the City of Bakersfield. 

If you have questions regarding the applicability of this Measure to your place of business or transactions within the City of Bakersfield, please contact the CDTFA  Customer Service Center at 1-800-400-7115 (TTY: 711) or the CDTFA Bakersfield office at (661) 395-2880. More information about sales and use tax is available on the CDTFA web site at: