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Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), also commonly known as in-law units, granny flats, or secondary units, can play an important role in adding cost-effective affordable rental housing, as well as providing a source of income for homeowners. If you are interested in adding an ADU to your property, consider contacting the Napa Sonoma ADU Center for...

A meeting of Sonoma City Council will be held on Monday, September 21st at 6:00 pm. View the full agenda including items on the consent calendar on our CivicWeb Portal.  The items to be considered on the regular calendar are: Policy for Approval and Acceptance of Memorials and Donated Improvements Make an Appointment of the Non-Voting Youth...

En Español The County of Sonoma Department of Health Services is offering FREE Coronavirus testing at Altimira Middle School this Saturday. Getting a test and learning the results help you, your family, your co-workers and the community stay safe. No appointment, no ID, no social security number, no medical insurance required. Test results are confidential...

More information about Measure V, including the ballot materials as well as links to City budget information, can be found on the City’s website at sonomacity.org/ballot-measure-v.  General information about the November 3 election can be found at sonomacity.org/elections.  If you are a member of a community organization that would like to receive a presentation on...

Measure V requires approval by a simple majority of voters in order to pass.

In California cities, under what is known as the “Gann Limit”, a maximum spending amount is established for tax-funded services and adjusted each year. Each year, the City Council adopts a resolution establishing the appropriations limit for the City of Sonoma. This ballot language allows the City to adjust this spending limit in line with...

Measure V would extend the existing local sales tax at the current rate on an ongoing basis until repealed by the voters. This tax could be repealed by voters in the future if placed on the ballot by the City Council or by a citizen initiative.  

All Measure V funds would remain local and be controlled by the City Council.  The primary reason this local sales tax was originally brought to Sonoma voters in 2012 was the State takeaway of millions of dollars in local redevelopment revenue.  By law, locally approved sales taxes cannot be taken away by the State. In...

Most cities in Sonoma County have a local sales tax to support their general city services.  The cities of Cotati and Sebastopol have a full cent local sales tax, and the cities of Santa Rosa, Healdsburg, Rohnert Park, and Sonoma have a half-cent local sales tax.  The City of Petaluma has a full cent sales...

The City’s current local sales tax will expire in September 2022.  By law, the City Council can only place a tax measure on the ballot when Council Members are running for election (which is every two years) without declaring a fiscal emergency.  If the sales tax renewal was delayed until November 2022, the City would...

All of the revenue from the local sales tax is spent locally for the benefit of the Sonoma community.  Measure V revenues go into the City’s General Fund, which provides basic city services including 911 emergency response, fire and ambulance services, police services, emergency preparedness, street and parks maintenance, planning and building services, and service...

Sonoma’s local half-cent sales tax generates approximately $2.5 million annually (in the current fiscal year, projections were lowered to $2.1 million due to the pandemic’s impact on the economy). This makes it one of the major sources for the City’s General Fund, bringing in about 13% of total revenue.  

Measure V was placed on the November 3, 2020 ballot by a unanimous vote of the Sonoma City Council to help maintain the City’s service levels and ensure financial stability and sustainability. Voters approved this local sales tax in 2012 to offset the loss of redevelopment funding and protect essential City services.  Measure V extends...

For 8 years, Sonoma has had a voter-approved half-cent (0.50%) local sales tax that helps fund City services.  This local sales tax was approved by Sonoma voters in 2012, and again in 2016.  Measure V would extend this local tax (officially called a “transactions and use tax”) beyond its current expiration date in 2022, with...

Leer en español Sonoma County is encouraging all residents to complete the 2020 Census by the deadline of Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020. The census is an integral part of the U.S. Constitution, a process for counting the entire population of the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the...

Finding public parking areas in the City of Sonoma just got a little easier. City Public Works staff installed new highly visible parking directional signs to replaced faded signs in the downtown area this week in response to concerns that the existing signs were hard to see.  The new signs are retroreflective and consistent with...

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