In November 2018, Measure X proposed to raise the sales tax in Oceanside by 1/2 cent for a period of seven years to fund public safety programs, infrastructure improvements, road repairs, and aid for homelessness. Measure X passed on November 6, 2018 by 55.7% of Oceanside voters. Starting April 1, 2019, the sales tax rate in Oceanside is 8.25% for seven years.
Measure X History and More Information
This page highlights public safety-related items funded by Measure X revenue.
In Year One, the Measure X Public Safety related budget included:
The Enhanced Emergency Service Delivery Model hired EMTs to provide both Basic and Advanced Life Support. The EMTs also handle Basic Life Support medical aid calls and transports. This funding also includes the purchase of an additional ambulance. This provides Oceanside residents with a higher level of service, reduces response times, and reshapes Emergency Services —$1,381,89
New Fire Station 1 and Emergency Operations Center — $1,600,00
Police Headquarters Expansion and Relocation Study — $100,000
An additional Police Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) along with a vehicle specifically for HOT purposes— $376,357
The Police Department deployment of additional Crime Suppression Teams —$650,000
In Year Two, the Measure X Public Safety related budget includes:
- The continuation of the Enhanced Emergency Service Delivery Model uses EMTs to provide both Basic and Advanced Life Support. The EMTs also handle Basic Life Support medical aid calls and transports. This provides Oceanside residents with a higher level of service, reduces response times, and reshapes Emergency Services —$1,218,682
- Downtown I.T. Enhancements - This project provides for a combination of cameras and storage systems around the downtown area to help prevent crime and help identify criminal activity. A one-time allocation of $500,000 is included in the Year Two Spending Plan for this purpose.
- Fire equipment for emergency response: Specific equipment needs will enhance emergency response for lifeguards and firefighter/paramedics. This includes items like underwater handheld sonar, automatic compression devices, drone for ocean rescues and fire overviews, equipment fort the new drafting pit at Training Center, and more - $300,000
- The continuation of the Homeless Outreach Team - $396,234
- The continuation of the Crime Suppression Team - $650,000
- One additional Social Worker to travel with the Homeless Outreach Team - $77,000
Year Two Spending Plan was approved in June 2020