Hayward voters passed the utility users tax (UUT) in 2009, in the wake of the Great Recession, to preserve public services for Hayward residents, with particular emphasis on protecting vital police and fire services. Without the UUT, then or now, the City of Hayward would have no choice but to enact severe service cuts in order to maintain fiscal stability.
Although the economy is improving, revenues are lagging behind the demand for (and cost of) services. In recent years, the City of Hayward significantly reduced its budget and the number of positions while maintaining high levels of service. At the same time, employees of all bargaining groups have shouldered more of the cost of their benefits as the City has adjusted its compensation structure.
Today, Measure D is the Hayward's third-largest revenue source, generating approximately $16 million per year for Hayward's general fund. About 75% (roughly $12 million per year) is directly allocated to police and fire services. The remaining $4 million supports other important city services, such as streets and roads maintenance, neighborhood cleanliness, library services, and economic development activities.