On 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.
Measure Z Citizen Committee
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, 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
- District 2: Edwin Castro, Term through December 31, 2023
- District 3: Ric Greenwood
- District 4: Raquell Lall, Term through December 31, 2023
- District 5: Jimmy Gist, Term through December 31, 2023
- City Treasurer: Allen Baldwin, Ex-Officio Non-Voting Member
Citizen Committee Meetings
- Thursday, May 13, 2021 at 6 pm - Agenda (PDF)
- Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 6 pm - Special Meeting: Agenda (PDF), Addendum (PDF)
- Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 6 pm - Agenda (PDF)
- Thursday, February 24, 2022 - Agenda (PDF)
- Thursday, May 31, 2023 at 6 pm - Agenda (PDF)
For questions about applying for this committee in the future, please contact the City Clerk's Office.
Measure Z Community-Identified Priorities
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 911 emergencies
- Provide fire protection and paramedic services
- Fix streets and 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 emergencies
Measure Z Updates
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.
- Collier Avenue Pavement Rehabilitation and Striping Project - Complete
- The Avenues Pavement Rehabilitation Project - Complete
- Additional Deputies and 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 and First Medic Squad - Staffing Complete, Awaiting New Truck
- Downtown Active Transportation - Urban Greening (partially funded by Measure Z) - Underway
- Pavement Rehab, Curb, Gutter and Sidewalk - Peck and Chestnut - Underway
- Diamond Drive Pavement Rehab and 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 or call 951-674-3124.
- What is the Housing Element?
The Housing Element is one of the mandatory elements that must be included in a city’s General Plan. The Housing Element provides goals, polices, and actions that help the City of Lake Elsinore plan for existing and future housing needs for all segments of its population and expresses community goals about housing in Lake Elsinore.
- When was Lake Elsinore’s current 2014 to 2021 Housing Element prepared?
The City Council adopted the 2014 to 2021 Housing Element (PDF) on August 27, 2013 by Resolution Number 2013-057 (PDF). Through policies, procedures, and incentives, it provides an action plan for maintaining and expanding the housing supply in the City of Lake Elsinore. On September 16, 2003, HCD issued a letter of certification for the adopted Housing Element.
- What are the items that the Housing Element covers?
The Housing Element must cover the following topics:
- An evaluation of a city's demographic and housing characteristics and trends including an analysis of existing and projected housing needs, the number of people living in overcrowded housing, residents paying more for their homes than they can sustainably afford, people with special housing needs and affordable units at risk of converting to market rate;
- A review of potential market, governmental, and environmental constraints to meet a city's identified housing need;
- An evaluation of land, administrative, and financial resources available to address the housing goals (developed by the Southern California Association of Governments, SCAG);
- A review of a city's past accomplishments under the previous Housing Element; and,
- A Housing Plan including goals, policies, and programs that the City will adopt to assist the development of housing for different income and special needs groups, ensure equal housing opportunity, and preserve and improve the existing housing stock.