On the November 3rd, 2020, residents of the City of Lake Elsinore voted in favor of Measure Z, a locally controlled one-cent, or one percent, transactions and use tax to generate unrestricted general fund dollars to address City service, public safety and local recovery needs. Measure Z will ensure the City is self-reliant for current public safety needs and is prepared for any health or catastrophic emergency.

Nearly all of the sales tax generated locally goes to the State or the County. Measure Z requires all funds to be used in Lake Elsinore, ensuring that a higher percentage of sales tax dollars stay local for City services. By law, no Measure Z funds can be taken by the state, county or federal government.

View Election Results from November 3, 2020 


With the passing of Measure Z, the City was required to appoint a Measure Z Citizen Committee to review and advise upon the spending and use of Measure Z funding. The committee will provide financial transparency and ensure the funding is being used based on the priorities identified by the community. The committee will meet at least twice in a calendar year and will not receive compensation or stipends. 

The Citizen Committee is comprised of five Lake Elsinore residents, each representing one of the City’s five council districts, and the City Treasurer, Allen Baldwin, which serves in an ex-officio, non-voting position.

Current Members:

On March 23, 2021, the City Council appointed the following five residents for the terms listed:

District 1: Robert Sadlak, Term thru Dec. 31, 2022

District 2: Edwin Castro, Term thru Dec. 31, 2023 ⁠

District 3: Ric Greenwood, Term thru Dec. 31, 2022 ⁠

District 4: Raquell Lall, Term thru Dec. 31, 2023 ⁠

District 5: Jimmy Gist, Term thru Dec. 31, 2023

City Treasurer: Allen Baldwin, Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member

Citizen Committee Meetings: 

Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6 p.m. - Agenda 

Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 6 p.m. - Special Meeting: Agenda, Addendum

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6 p.m. - Agenda

Thursday, February 24, 2022 - Agenda 

Next Meeting: Planned for May 4, 2022 at 6 p.m. 

For questions about applying for this committee in the future, please contact the City Clerk's Office.


In 2020, the City conducted a community satisfaction survey to determine residents' top service priorities. The following priorities were identified and will serve as the basis for all spending related to Measure Z: 

  • Provide quick responses to 9-1-1 emergencies
  • Provide fire protection and paramedic services
  • Fix streets, sidewalks and repair potholes
  • Keep public areas clean, healthy and free of graffiti
  • Reduce gang activity and drug related crimes
  • Prepare for public health crises, wildfires, natural disasters and other large scale


Measure Z officially went into effect on April 1, 2021 updating Lake Elsinore's sales tax rate to 8.75%. All businesses were notified by the State Board of Equalization to change their sales tax rate appropriately.  

The City did not start to receive funding from Measure Z until July. The City identified Measure Z funded projects based on the priorities identified by the community. These projects began at the start of the Fiscal Year, beginning July 1, 2021. 

Key Projects: 

Collier Avenue Pavement Rehabilitation & Striping Project - COMPLETE 
The Avenues Pavement Rehabilitation Project - COMPLETE
Additional Deputies & Patrol Hours - COMPLETE
Additional 0.5 Animal Control Officers - COMPLETE 
New Code Enforcement Officer - COMPLETE 
New Traffic Engineer - COMPLETE 
Supportive Services at The Anchor - COMPLETE
New & First Medic Squad - Staffing COMPLETE, Awaiting New Truck 
Downtown Active Transportation - Urban Greening (partially funded by Measure Z) - Underway
Pavement Rehab, Curb, Gutter & Sidewalk - Peck & Chestnut - Underway
Diamond Drive Pavement Rehab & Landscaping - Underway
Grape Street Pavement Rehab - Underway
Downtown Paving Project - Phase 3 - Starting Soon 

The City will be providing updates on this page regarding planned expenditures and projects funded by Measure Z. Stay tuned for future updates.

If you have questions or concerns related to Measure Z, you may email the City at pio@lake-elsinore.org or call (951) 674-3124. 



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