Measure U

In November 2018, Placentia voters overwhelmingly approved Measure U, a 1% sales tax increase to help fund the cost of much-needed infrastructure repairs and maintenance as well as public safety and other critical services. Measure U sales tax increase began collection on April 1, 2019. 

Use of Measure U

Measure U allows the City to fund services at levels consistent with the community’s priorities and the public’s desired quality of life and would prevent the need for further significant cuts to vital City services and programs. To ensure the Measure U funds are spent accordingly, the Placentia City Council voted unanimously (5-0) to update the Reserve Policy to include guidelines for appropriating new ongoing or one-time unrestricted revenues to be used for specific purposes, as shown in the table below. “New Ongoing Revenues” are defined as a new general tax, an increase in the rate of an existing general tax (such as Measure U), a new lease of City property, or other new, clearly identifiable unrestricted revenue source not previously included in the City’s budget at the time of adoption of this policy, which generates at least $100,000 per year in revenue and is expected to continue for at least a period of 20 years.

FINAL Placentias Measure U Logo

General Fund Reserve Policy (Policy 460)

Reserve Account

New Ongoing Revenues

New One-time Revenues

Before GF Reserve Target Met

After GF Reserve Target Met

Before GF Reserve Target Met

After GF Reserve Target Met

Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Equipment Reserve

40%

50%

40%

80%

Post-Employment Benefits Sustainability Reserve

10%

10%

10%

20%

Employee Recruitment and Retention Reserve (including additional staff)

30%

30%

0%

0%

General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance

20%

10%

50%

0%


The purpose of this funding allocation is to ensure that the new reserve areas are prioritized long-term and ultimately improve the City’s fiscal health. To ensure that the policy is applied consistently by future City administrations and Councils, any modification to this policy requires a supermajority or 4/5ths vote of the City Council.

Lastly, Measure U also established an independent Citizens Oversight Committee. The Committee reviews and reports on all Measure U expenditure plans and financial reports to ensure spending is consistent with General Fund Reserve Policy No. 460, as outlined in the above table.  The Citizens Oversight Committee will meet regularly at meetings that are open to the public.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for the Measure U logo to see Placentia’s tax dollars at work throughout the City.

Measure U Annual Report

Measure U Improvement Projects

Current Street Improvement Projects:

Project NameDescriptionStatusBudget 
FY 2022-23 Roadway Rehabilitation ProjectThis project repaved more than 1.4 million square feet of arterial, collector and residential streets including Orangethorpe Ave, Crowther Ave, Bradford Ave, and Kraemer Blvd. Damaged sidewalk panels and curb and gutter were also replaced as part of this project.  Under Construction
Timeline: 
Winter 2023 - Spring 2024 
$6 Million
 (Measure U, SB/1 Gas Tax, Measure M)
FY 2023-24 Street Resurfacing and Slurry Seal ProjectThis project repaved more than 2.5 million square feet of arterial, collector and residential streets including Chapman Ave and Placentia Ave. Damaged sidewalk panels and curb and gutter were also replaced as part of this project.  Under Design
Timeline: 
Winter 2024 - Fall 2024
Design Phase Only:
$400,000 
(SB/1 Gas Tax)


 Project Maps:

Current Park Improvement Projects:

Project NameDescriptionStatusBudget

Parque del Arroyo Verde Renovation Project 

This park renovation project will provide new playground equipment and expanded play areas, new park furnishings and security lighting, shade structures for play, and picnic areas. It will also remove and replace broken concrete sidewalk panels and provide Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility improvements to ensure the park and playgrounds are fully accessible and provide minor cosmetic improvements to the restroom building.Under Construction
Timeline: 
June 2023- December 2023 
$2,668,000 
(Measure U, Park & Rec Impact Fees, and City Quimby In-Lieu Fees)
Koch Park Playground Renovations, Phase II ProjectThis project will include the installation of new playground equipment and will substantially increase the play area at the park. Phase II of the project will complement the recently installed Placentia Fire and Life Safety Department play structure by adding two (2) new structures to complete the “First Responders” theme. The new structures will be themed to represent the City’s Police Department and the Public Works Department. Under Production
Timeline: 
Winter 2024 
$600,000
(Measure U)

Wagner Park Playground Renovation Project 

This project will include the installation of new playground equipment and will substantially increase the play area at the park.Under Production
Timeline: 
Fall 2023 
$300,000
(Measure U)


Completed Measure U Improvement Projects 

  • FY 2019-20 Residential Slurry Seal Project (Completed October 2020) 
  • FY 2019-20 Arterial Roadway Rehabilitation Project (Completed November 2020) 
  • FY 2020-21 Roadway Rehabilitation Project (Completed May 2022)
  • FY 2021-22 Slurry Seal Project (Completed May 2022) 
  • Santa Fe Playground Replacement Project (Completed April 2023)

Pavement Management Program:

Citywide Pavement Maintenance Schedule (Updated June 2023)

2022 Pavement Management Report

2022 Pavement Condition Index (PCI) Map

2022 Pavement Management Presentation 

Links:

Spring 2020 Measure U Update

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF)

Citizens Oversight Committee Agendas

City Council Resolution Placing Measure U on the Ballot (PDF)

General Fund Reserve Policy No.460

Ordinance O-2018-08 (PDF)

Measure U Presentation (PDF)