Information About Measure R

Maintaining and Improving Safety and City Services in Adelanto 

The City of Adelanto’s new leadership is committed to providing quality public services, promoting economic development and supporting local business, keeping our neighborhoods safe and clean and creating a sense of community pride for all our residents in our High Desert community.

However, in the past two decades the County has taken millions in funding and local tax revenue away from our City, and because of the City’s small size, we are not eligible for funding from the State or Federal government. Even now, when we need it most, our local revenues are simply not sufficient to provide the public safety services and recreation opportunities our community needs. Currently, over 70% of the City’s land is vacant, undeveloped and unoccupied by any legal use. These vacant properties, often owned by out of area individuals or corporations, deprive our community of the economic opportunity, housing, and public parks that we need to grow and thrive.

 

However, in the past two decades the County has taken millions in funding and local tax revenue away from our City, and because of the City’s small size, we are not eligible for funding from the State or Federal government. Even now, when we need it most, our local revenues are simply not sufficient to

provide the public safety services and recreation opportunities our community needs. 

 

Currently, over 70% of the City’s land is vacant, undeveloped and unoccupied by any legal use. These vacant properties, often owned by out of area individuals or corporations, deprive our community of the economic opportunity, housing, and public parks that we need to grow and thrive.

 

Preserving Fire and Emergency Response Services 

Property crime continues to rise, impacting the safety of our residents. In an emergency, every second counts. Additional funding is needed to help improve local neighborhood, school and community patrols and ensure the local sheriff substation remains open 24 hours a day to respond to 911 emergencies. 

 

Repairing Streets and Roads 

Over the past 6 months, the City has been proactive in making street maintenance a top priority by repairing sidewalks and potholes where needed. However, several of Adelanto’s streets still have potholes and are in need of repair and maintenance. Damaged roads impact safety for drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists, resulting in costly car related repairs for everyone. Waiting to address these repairs creates them to worsen, costing more to repair in the future.

 

Measure R: Locally Controlled Funding for Adelanto

To address the need for fiscal stability and improved city services, the City Council voted to place Measure R, a Vacant Property Tax Measure on the November 3, 2020 ballot. If approved by voters, the measure would enact a $50 per acre tax (with a max at $600 annually) on vacant parcels used less than 50 days a year. These vacant properties are often owned by out-of-town individuals or corporations, not by local residents. Funds from this measure would raise approximately $6.2 million a year to help:

 

• Increase fire, paramedic and 911 emergency response times

• Support crime prevention and neighborhood safety

• Replace aging drinking water pipes

• Improve streets and keep public areas safe and clean

• Attract and retain local businesses, industry and the jobs our community needs

 

Fiscal Accountability and Transparency Required

Measure R would require strict fiscal accountability protections including:

• Public disclosure of spending, mandatory annual, independent financial audits and citizen oversight

• All funds would stay in Adelanto and none could be taken by San Bernardino County or Sacramento

• A hardship exemption would be available to those who qualify


More resources


Community Mailer 

 

Measure R Frequently Asked Questions

Measure R Fact Sheet

Text of Resolution No. 20-40

Resolution No. 20-40 Staff Report

Resolution No. 20-40 and Ordinance No. 617

City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis

Argument in Favor of Measure R