Silicon Valley Leadership Group Poll: San Jose Voters Strongly Favor Measure B to Help Fund Essential City Services
San Jose, CA – May 17, 2016 – A new Silicon Valley Leadership Group poll reveals that 64 percent of San Jose voters would support Measure B in the June 7 election, versus 30 percent who would oppose the measure. Measure B requires a vote of 50 percent plus one vote to pass.
The proponents of Measure B say it would help fund essential city services; such as improving police and medical emergency response times, strengthening police and firefighter resources and helping fund road and infrastructure repairs; by enacting a ¼ percent sales tax for 15 years, which is projected to generate about $40 million annually.
“Each year the Leadership Group polls Santa Clara County residents to take a pulse on some of the key measures that would most impact the well-being of our communities and economy,” said Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. “While the Leadership Group doesn’t have an official position on Measure B, we commend our community members for continuously looking for ways to improve and strengthen our quality of life.”
“The City of San Jose needs Measure B to help improve police response times, emergency services and gang suppression and prevention programs,” said Rob Davis, retired City of San Jose Police Chief. “Measure B is a common sense initiative to restore SJPD staffing and to improve vital city services.”
“This measure will fund basic city services that will keep San Jose safe, fiscally-strong and at the forefront of the innovation economy,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “Now that we’ve tightened our belt through fiscal reforms, it is time to invest in public safety, road maintenance and other essential services.”
Measure B – Ballot Language
To fund essential City services such as: improving police response to reduce violent crimes and burglaries; improving 911/emergency medical/fire response times; repairing potholes and streets; expanding gang prevention; and maintaining the City’s long-term financial stability, shall the City of San Jose enact a 1/4 percent sales tax for 15 years, providing about $40 million annually, requiring Independent Citizens Oversight with public review of spending, and all revenues controlled locally?
Would you likely vote “yes” or “no” on this measure?
Yes. ……………. 64%
No. …………….. 30%
No Opinion. ….. 6%
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Annual Poll
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group conducts an annual poll with pollster J. Moore Methods of 600 likely voters in Santa Clara County. The poll was conducted from April 23, 2016 to May 1, 2016 and has a +/- 4.2 percent margin of error.
About the Silicon Valley Leadership Group
The Silicon Valley Leadership Group, founded in 1978 by David Packard of Hewlett-Packard, represents more than 400 of Silicon Valley’s most respected employers on issues, programs and campaigns that affect the economic health and quality of life in Silicon Valley, including energy, transportation, education, housing, health care, tax policies, economic vitality and the environment. Leadership Group members collectively provide nearly one of every three private sector jobs in Silicon Valley and generate more than $3 trillion in annual revenue.
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