Information About Measure U
On July 25th, 2018, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District Board of Directors voted unanimously to place Measure U, the SMFPD Local Emergency Medical Response and Fire Protection Measure, on the 2018 November ballot. If enacted by voters, Measure U would provide a locally-controlled source of revenue for Southern Marin’s fire and emergency medical protection services.
As you know, the Southern Marin Fire Protection District provides among the best emergency protection services in Northern California, and we are a leader in meeting cardiac and stroke survivability standards. Unfortunately, over the last twenty years, Sacramento has taken more than $5.5 million in our locally controlled funds, and our funding has remained at 2006 levels for the last 12 years. Although the District has worked hard to reform pensions and live within our means, further cuts would compromise the District's ability to continue to provide quality services over the long term.
The SMFPD Board of Directors placed Measure U on the local ballot to address these historic state takeaways and secure a reliable, locally-controlled funding source for local priorities identified by the public, including:
- Maintaining local emergency medical services
- Attracting and retaining qualified professional paramedics
- Maintaining high cardiac and stroke survivability standards
- Maintaining rapid 9-1-1 emergency response times
- Improving the District’s ability to react to and contain wildland fires
Fast response times to 9-1-1 calls are critical to saving lives. The American Heart Association says brain deterioration starts four to six minutes after a person stops breathing. If enacted by voters, Measure U would provide funding to maintain our rapid fire and emergency medical response times, which saves lives.
As we saw last October, our region is at risk for earthquakes and wildfires and we are in danger if we are not prepared. If enacted by voters, Measure U will help the district prevent wildland fires by clearing vegetation and staying prepared.
Measure U includes strict accountability standards, including citizen’s oversight, annual independent audits, and yearly reports back to the community. Measure U funds cannot be taken by the State or used for other purposes and can only be used for our local fire and emergency medical services.
Registration and Vote-By-Mail Information
If you are not yet registered to vote and you wish to do so, you may do so securely by visiting: www.registertovote.ca.gov.You must register to vote by October 22nd, 2018 in order to participate in the election.
Ballots for Vote-By-Mail voters will be sent out starting October 8th. If you have not received your ballot by October 15th, please call the Marin County Elections Department at: (415) 473-6456
If you are voting by mail, your ballot must be postmarked on or by Election Day (November 6th). Your Ballot must be received by November 9thin order to be counted.
Your completed mail ballot may be returned to any Marin County Polling Place on Election Day from 7am to 8pm.
If you are not a Vote-By-Mail voter, and you wish to become one, you may request a Vote-By-Mail ballot by visiting: https://www.marincounty.org/depts/rv/voting-information/voting-by-mail/apply/browserdetect You must request your Vote-By-Mail ballot on or by October 30th, 2018.For more information, please call the Marin County Elections Department at: (415) 473-6456.
Voting & Polling Place Information
You may vote in person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6 from 7AM – 8PM
For your polling place and sample ballot, Visit the Marin County Voter Registration at: