Oakland City Council President Jane Brunner is pushing for a June ballot measure that would raise property taxes to fund police services, the Trib reports. The city is facing a projected $25 million budget shortfall come July 1, and Brunner noted that without more revenue, the city may have to lay off more than 100 cops.
But any police parcel tax measure likely would face an uphill battle, considering that a 2008 initiative that would have paid for 105 police officers fell well short of passage. In addition, council Vice Mayor Ignacio De La Fuente said yesterday that he does not support a parcel tax measure for police services.
Also, putting a measure on the June ballot will be expensive. It will cost the cash-strapped city about $800,000, which could prove to be a waste of much-needed funds if the measure loses. The city is legally required to only hold a November election next year because of ranked choice voting, so any decision to add more elections will harm Oakland’s bottom line.