Larkspur Essential Community Service Needs and Measure C

Dear Neighbors and Business Owners:

On August 7, the City Council acted to place Measure C, the Larkspur Street Repair and Essential City Services Measure, on the November 2013 ballot. Funding from Measure C will address Larkspur’s aging and deteriorating neighborhood streets and roads, pothole repair needs, and help fund essential city services, such as maintaining police and fire protection.

In advance of placing Measure C on the ballot, the City of Larkspur worked diligently soliciting stakeholder input and collecting valuable feedback from the community. Not only were specific needs identified from such dialogue, such as repairing our streets and roads, but input on the details of the funding measure was also solicited.

In response to that feedback, the Council acted to place Measure C on the ballot and made the following changes after community input:

  • Shortened the duration of the Measure from 20 years to 5 years
  • Reduced the proposed amount from a 1-cent Sales Tax to ½-cent Sales Tax
These changes create an opportunity for the City to demonstrate the positive effect that the proper and efficient use of taxpayer funds can create.
Measure C will also require the creation of an Independent Citizen’s Oversight Committee, which will review and report on the spending of funds from Measure C to help ensure that funds are being used effectively to invest in community priorities identified such as:

  • Repairing deteriorating streets, roads and potholes before costs increase in the future;
  • Preparing Larkspur for natural disasters such as fires, floods and earthquakes; and
  • Preserving public safety services and maintaining 9-1-1 emergency response times.
Please see the links below for additional information on Measure C. If you have further questions on Measure C that are not addressed below or you have additional feedback, please do not hesitate to get in touch with me at .


Dan Schwarz
Larkspur City Manager

Measure C Information
Documents Evaluating Essential Service Needs and Revenue Options