Measure O Overview
The City of Campbell has identified the Police Department and Campbell Library as high priorities, and is funding improvements to their facilities through a $50 million Bond Measure (Measure O).
The primary goals of Measure O are to build a new police operations building with 9-1-1 dispatch and Emergency Operations Center (EOC) that would withstand natural disasters, and a safe, energy-efficient library that would meet earthquake and fire building codes.
The general scope of the project was identified through the following Civic Center Master Plan efforts:
- Reviewing existing plans and studies for the Civic Center, Library, Historical Museum, and City Hall
- Assessing community needs for space in these facilities
- Developing a vision for the Civic Center complex
- Identifying guiding principles for development
- Analyzing options for relocating the Historical Museum or constructing an annex within the new library building
- Assessing parking needs and feasibility of providing additional parking
- Addressing the need to replace the City's Emergency Operations Center
- Holding a community meeting to solicit input from stakeholders
- Developing conceptual layouts for the Civic Center complex
- Recommending a development plan, financing plan, and estimated costs for each phase
- Identifying revenue options for funding construction
Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee
The Citizens' Bond Oversight Committee was established are to review expenditure reports to verify that bond proceeds are used only for the purposes set forth in Measure O.
- What is Measure O?
Measure O authorized the City of Campbell to issue a $50 million general obligation bond to fund a police emergency operations center that would remain fully operational during a disaster and an innovative library in seismically safe, accessible, and energy-efficient facilities meeting current safety codes.
- How was Measure O placed on the ballot?
In July 2018 City Council voted to place Measure O on the ballot and in November 2018 Measure O was approved by the voters by 69.5%. Measure O established funding to provide police facilities that are seismically safe and fully operational during a disaster, as well as an energy-efficient library that meets earthquake and fire codes.
- What Improvements is Measure O intended to fund?
Currently, most of Campbell’s police officers are working out of a portable temporary building that does not provide modern policing technology such as sufficient evidence processing, interview rooms, holding cells, and operational briefing area(s). Similarly, the Campbell Library was built over 40 years ago, does not meet current seismic standards and has limited space for books, seating and programs for all ages. Measure O addressed these challenges by providing funding for new or improved facilities.
- How is Measure O funded?
Measure O established $50 million in general obligation bonds with projected levies of $0.019 per $100 ($19 per $100,000) of assessed value of real property in Campbell, generating roughly $3 million annually to repay bonds.
- How are the use of the funds overseen?
Measure O established a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and mandatory annual financial audits. All of the funds are spent on Campbell facilities.