Frequently Asked Questions

What is Measure T?

Measure T is the City of Hayward’s responsibility to provide public services and facilities essential to community safety and quality of life. The City is working hard to maintain the quality of life that residents tell us they value—safe neighborhoods, help in an emergency, decent roads and more. However, as our population and demand for services continue to grow, we as a city continue to confront expenses that are growing faster than revenues. If approved by local voters, Measure T will adjust the Real Property Transfer Tax (RPTT) to provide funds without increasing the annual cost of living for Hayward residents.

What are the City’s vital needs that make Measure T necessary?

  • Fix potholes, repair streets and reduce traffic;
  • Maintain 911 emergency response times;
  • Continue adequate neighborhood police patrols;
  • Offer after-school programs and extended library hours;
  • Provide affordable housing solutions for seniors, families and the homeless.

How is the City managing its finances responsibly?

The City has made significant changes to its personnel structure, compensation guidelines and operating strategies in an effort to keep Hayward financially stable. As the population of Hayward grows, we are providing services with a lower number of city employees. For example, we have 14% fewer city employees than 15 years ago. City employees, executives and elected officials have all made substantial sacrifices to aid in this effort by contributing more towards the costs of benefits, all while maintaining a high level of service to the community.

What is the RPTT, and how would Measure T change it?

The RPTT generates $6-8 million annually to support city services. It is collected only when real estate is bought or sold, as part of the transaction’s closing costs, at a rate of $4.50 per $1,000 of property value. All funds generated by the RPTT are locally controlled and stay in Hayward to provide essential city services and facility improvements. By law, the State cannot take this funding away. Measure T would change the RPTT rate to $8.50 per $1,000 of property value, which would generate an additional $6 million annually for city services.

When is the RPTT collected?

The RPTT is collected only when real estate is bought or sold. It is paid by either the buyer, the seller, or a combination of buyer and seller.

How does the City use funds raised by the RPTT?

Funds from the RPTT go to the City’s General Fund for use on essential Hayward services.  In recent years, the City has built positive momentum in a number of areas.  You see it with the new businesses, housing and parks being developed and improved City services.  If Measure T passes, the City will be able to keep that momentum going while expanding library hours and maintaining other core services.

How do we know that Hayward will keep its promise to spend the RPTT money on expanding library hours and maintaining core services?

The City of Hayward and its Council has a strong track record of keeping past promises.  During the Great Recession in 2008, the Council proposed Measure A and promised that if it passed, then no police or fire personnel would be laid off despite the deep recession.  Measure A did pass and the City kept its promise by maintaining police and fire staffing levels without layoffs.  In 2014, the City proposed Measure C to fund a new library, repair roads, renovate every fire station, build a new fire training center and to hire more police and maintenance personnel.  Measure C passed and the City Council kept its promise when it hired more police, 911 call takers and maintenance workers in 2015/16; performed the largest road repair in its history in 2016/17; renovated all its fire stations in 2017/18; will break ground on the new fire training center in 2019; and will open the new library this October 27th.

Would Measure T affect my annual property taxes?

No. The RPTT is not part of a homeowner’s annual property taxes, and it is only assessed when a property is bought or sold.

How does Hayward’s RPTT compare to that of nearby cities?

Currently, Hayward has one of the lowest RPTTs among cities in Alameda County. If voters approve Measure T and adjust the RPTT to $8.50 per $1,000, Hayward’s will still be among the lowest rates in Alameda. 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

Are there any exemptions to the RPTT?

Yes. State law allows exemptions in some cases, such as when a property is gifted, donated or inherited.

What accountability features are built into Measure T?

  • ALL Measure T funds (100%) must be used for City of Hayward services and facilities only.
  • These funds must stay locally controlled in Hayward – for
  • By law, the State CANNOT take Measure T funding away.
  • NO Measure T funds can be used for city administrators’ salaries.
  • Independent financial audits and regular public reporting ensure proper spending as voters intended.

What kind of affordable housing solutions will the City pursue if Measure T passes?

The City of Hayward is active in the effort to help ease the Bay Area's current housing crisis. Passage of Measure T will help.  If voters approve the measure, the City Council will take the lead making decisions about Measure T funding and allocations. The Council could choose to allocate funds to continue the City's newly created Housing Manager, who is working to access State and County matching funds to build more affordable housing in Hayward.  Or, the Council could use Measure T funds to increase the City's investment in social service agencies that provide direct services to the homeless or individuals at high risk of becoming homeless, e.g.  temporary shelter, food access, and job training through programs like the Downtown Streets Team.  Measure T funds could also go towards supporting agencies that are providing legal advice and support on housing issues to community members.  Of course, no Measure T funds can be allocated unless or until the voters of Hayward have approved Measure T.  Once that happens, the City Council can make decisions on how best to continue addressing homelessness and affordable housing in the Hayward community. 

Who supports Measure T?

Who Supports Measure T?

For a complete list of supporters, click on the ENDORSEMENTS button.  Major supporters include:

Measure T Signatories: 

  • Michael Sweeney, Mayor, City of Hayward, Retired
  • Margaret Mary (Mimi) Bauer, President,Fairway Park Neighborhood Association
  • Joseph A. Ochoa, 35-year Hayward Resident, Southgate Neighborhood
  • Freddye M. Davis, President, Hayward South Alameda County NAACP
  • Joan E. Sieber, Retired Professor, Cal State University East Bay
  • Judith Harrison, President, Friends of Hayward Library 
  • Julius C. Willis, Board Member, Eden Shores Homeowners Association
  • Minane Jameson, Vice President, Fairway Park Neighborhood Association, HARD Director
  • Randy J. Wright, Block Captain, Neighborhood Alert - Hayward Hills
  • Elisa Márquez, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Hayward, Lifelong Resident

Elected Officials

  • Bill Quirk, Assemblymember District 20
  • Richard Valle, Alameda County Board of Supervisor District 2
  • Barbara Halliday, Mayor, City of Hayward
  • Elisa Márquez, Mayor Pro Tem, City of Hayward
  • Francisco Zermeño, Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Marvin Peixoto, Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Al Mendall, Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Sara Lamnin, Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Mike Sweeney, former Mayor, City of Hayward
  • Kevin Dowling, former Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Greg Jones, former Councilmember, City of Hayward
  • Minane Jameson, HARD Director; Vice-President, Fairway Park Neighborhood Association
  • Rick Hatcher, HARD Director
  • Dennis Waespi,Board Member Ward 3, East Bay Regional Parks District