Join us for a fundraiser in support of YES on T - Protect Hayward's Future.
When: Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018 at 5:30pm-8:00pm
Where: PLAYT, 1036 B St., Hayward CA 94541
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org by September 21st
Protecting Hayward’s quality of life is critical – for our safety, our neighborhoods, our property values, and our future. If you agree, there’s nothing more important on the November ballot than Measure T. Please join us in VOTING YES.
The City of Hayward is working hard to make local government work better, operating with 14% fewer employees today than 15 years ago. City workers are contributing a larger share of their healthcare and retirement benefits than ever before. Despite these and other efficiencies, a structural deficit is expected to exhaust City General Fund reserves by 2022 if not addressed.
Measure T provides an affordable way to help close the gap.
Without increasing the cost of living to local residents, Measure T authorizes adjusting Hayward’s existing Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) to help maintain vital city services, such as:
- Fixing potholes, repairing streets and reducing traffic
- Maintaining 911 emergency response times
- Continuing adequate neighborhood police patrols
- Offering after-school programs and extended library hours
- Providing affordable housing solutions for seniors, families and the homeless.
This is NOT an ongoing property tax or repetitive tax. The RPTT is collected only once in transaction closing costs when Hayward residential and commercial properties are bought/sold. Businesses pay their fair share through the RPTT when they too buy/sell Hayward properties.
Taxpayer Safeguards are REQUIRED. ALL FUNDS MUST STAY LOCAL for City of Hayward purposes. The State can’t take these funds away. Independent financial audits and regular public reporting ensure proper spending.
Hayward’s RPTT is currently the lowest among Alameda County charter cities. Measure T would make ours the second lowest, well below six other cities.
Please join firefighters, police, neighborhood, civic and business leaders, seniors, parents, and residents throughout Hayward uniting behind Measure T to protect Hayward’s future.
Join us - VOTE YES on T.
Hayward voters will be asked this November to consider an increase in the ownership-transfer tax on real estate transactions in the city.
The Real Property Transfer Tax, or RPTT, is assessed once on the purchase or sale of commercial and residential real estate. It generally is paid as part of the transaction closing costs. Responsibility for payment of the tax is shared by buyer and seller.
Currently, the RPTT in Hayward is $4.50 per $1,000 of property value—the lowest among all Alameda County cities that impose a local RPTT. In the Nov. 6 election, Hayward voters will be asked to consider a rate increase of $4 per $1,000 of property value, taking the RPTT to $8.50 per $1,000 of value. Rates elsewhere per $1,000 of value are:
- $15 in Oakland and Berkeley
- $13 in Piedmont
- $12 in Emeryville and Alameda
- $11.50 in Albany
- $6 in San Leandro
An RPTT increase is one of several fiscal strategies under consideration and being implemented by the City Council to close forecasted deficits in the City of Hayward general fund for basic government services.
General fund services include police and fire protection, paramedic response, library and after-school programs, filing potholes, litter pickup and graffiti removal, and administration of affordable housing and paratransit programs.