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 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. 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, 2021 ⁠

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

District 4: Raquell Lall, Term thru Dec. 31, 2021 ⁠

District 5: Jimmy Gist, Term thru Dec. 31, 2021 ⁠ 

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: 

  • Providing quick responses to 9-11 emergencies
  • Providing fire protection and paramedic services
  • Fixing streets, sidewalks and repairing potholes
  • Keeping public areas clean, healthy and free of graffiti
  • Reducing gang activity and drug related crimes
  • Preparing for public health crises, wildfires, natural disasters and other large-scale emergencies


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 will not start to receive funding from Measure Z until July. The City is currently identifying Measure Z funded projects based on the priorities identified by the community. These projects will not begin until the new fiscal year, which starts July 1, 2021. 

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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  • What are the community identified spending priorities for Measure Z?
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  • Where can I get more information about Measure Z or the Municipal Election?
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