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YES on MEASURE A
Investing in the Future of Atherton
10 Things You Should Know
What is Measure A?
Measure A is an Atherton ballot measure for the June 6, 2017 election. It allows the Town to use limited, non-restricted and unallocated public funds to supplement existing and future private donations to construct the New Atherton Town Center.
Why do we need a New Town Center?
Atherton’s existing Town Center buildings are falling apart and past the end of their useful lives. Watch this video to see the current condition of our Town’s facilities.
Why do we need Measure A approval?
$7 million has been privately donated to date. However, $15.3 million more is needed to construct the New Town Center. Approving Measure A allows Atherton to move forward with construction of the completed design that is already paid for with private donations.
The design is now complete and has been paid for by private donations. Construction bids will be received by the end of the year. We cannot proceed without all of the funds identified to complete construction. Measure A allows Atherton to prudently use available non–dedicated, unrestricted, and unallocated public funds to supplement private donations.
Can Atherton afford it?
Yes. Atherton’s financial condition is very strong. Sufficient non-dedicated, unrestricted, and unallocated public funds have been identified to prudently invest now, and throughout completion of the project, without sacrificing other critical projects.
Will Measure A cut funding for currently approved Atherton capital projects?
No. All existing approved capital projects will continue to be 100% funded.
Will Measure A lead to higher taxes or resident fees?
No. Measure A will not increase resident taxes or fees in any way.
Who supports Measure A?
100% of the Atherton City Council. 100% of the Atherton Civic Center Advisory Committee, numerous other Atherton Civic Leaders, and hundreds of your fellow Atherton residents.
How do I vote?
Measure A is a vote-by-mail ballot. You will receive your ballot in your mailbox the week of May 8, and the final date to return it is June 6, 2017. Measure A will be the only item on your mail-in ballot. Please make sure to open, review, vote YES, and return ballot by mail or drop it off in the Atherton Post Office ballot box before June 6, 2017.
Where can I get more information about the New Atherton Town Center?