City of San Rafael bond proposition, Measure G (November 2009)

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A City of San Rafael bond proposition, Measure G ballot question was on the November 3, 2009 ballot for voters in the City of San Rafael in Marin County, where it was approved.[1]

Measure G authorized the City of San Rafael to borrow $89 million. This was undertaken in order to allow the city to build a public-safety building and make repairs to city fire stations. The San Rafael City Council voted unanimously to put the measure on the ballot.[2]

A two-thirds supermajority vote was required for approval.

Repayment of the Measure G debt was set to cost the average homeowner in the city $16 annually at first, eventually rising to $41 per $100,000 of assessed value over the life of the project.

As of 2007, the population of the City of San Rafael was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau at 55,649.

Election results

Measure G
Approveda Yes 6,645 61.01%
These final, certified, results are from the Marin County elections office.


The Marin Independent Journal urged passage of the bond, citing concerns that the "city's police station and its firehouses are cramped and not up to modern workplace standards, let alone today's seismic-safety codes."[3]

Ballot question

The question on the ballot:

Measure G: "To protect the safety of San Rafael residents and maintain rapid emergency response by upgrading/replacing aging police/fire stations and related city facilities to accommodate modern firefighting/lifesaving emergency medical equipment and provide an earthquake-safe dispatch center and police/fire stations so emergency communications and police/fire/paramedic units remain operational in disasters, shall the City of San Rafael issue $88 million in bonds with independent oversight, no money for administrators and all funds staying local?"[4]

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