Here's what city officials say was avoided because of the passage of Measure V: the library and senior center won't close; a fire company won't be eliminated; and police officers won't be laid off. But not everything has gone as planned. The city council may still have to eliminate the fire company unless it wins some union concessions … and the library won't be open as many hours as originally intended. Woodland City Manager Mark Deven says there just isn't enough money.
Deven: "If we hadn't passed the sales tax measure, the library wouldn't have been open at all. So I think most people understand that having the sales tax measure helped us to avoid the most egregious reductions, such as closing the library altogether."
The quarter-cent increase brings the city's sales tax to nine percent. Measure V is expected to bring in around two million dollars a year. It expires in 2014.