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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.
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.
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.
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.
Measure O established a Citizens’ Oversight Committee and mandatory annual financial audits. All of the funds are spent on Campbell facilities.