Measure U

In November 2018, Placentia voters overwhelmingly approved Measure U, a 1% sales tax increase to help fund the cost of much-needed infrastructure repairs and maintenance as well as public safety and other critical services. Measure U sales tax increase began collection on April 1, 2019. For the first time in many years, the City will be able to fund much-needed road and infrastructure repairs. The City Council has allocated a total of $3.2 million in Measure U, SB 1 Gas Tax, and Measure M proceeds to continue funding street repairs and maintenance for the Fiscal Year 2019-2020. Projects over the next year include repaving more than 1 million square feet of pavement and slurry sealing more than 4.3 million square feet of residential streets and sidewalk/curb improvements. 

Measure U will allow the City to fund services at levels consistent with the community’s priorities and the public’s desired quality of life and would prevent the need for further significant cuts to vital City services and programs. To ensure the Measure U funds are spent accordingly, the Placentia City Council voted unanimously (5-0) to update the Reserve Policy to include guidelines for appropriating new ongoing or one-time unrestricted revenues to be used for specific purposes, as shown in the table below. “New Ongoing Revenues” are defined as a new general tax, an increase in the rate of an existing general tax (such as Measure U), a new lease of City property, or other new, clearly identifiable unrestricted revenue source not previously included in the City’s budget at the time of adoption of this policy, which generates at least $100,000 per year in revenue and is expected to continue for at least a period of 20 years.

FINAL Placentias Measure U Logo

Reserve Account

New Ongoing Revenues

New One-time Revenues

Before GF Reserve Target Met

After GF Reserve Target Met

Before GF Reserve Target Met

After GF Reserve Target Met

Infrastructure, Vehicles, and Equipment Reserve





Post-Employment Benefits Sustainability Reserve





Employee Recruitment and Retention Reserve (including additional staff)





General Fund Unassigned Fund Balance





The purpose of these funding allocations is to ensure that the new reserve areas are prioritized long-term and ultimately improve the City’s fiscal health. To ensure that the policy is applied consistently by future City administrations and Councils, any modification to this policy requires a supermajority or 4/5ths vote of the City Council.

Lastly, Measure U also established an independent Citizens Oversight Committee. The Committee reviews and reports on all Measure U expenditure plans and financial reports to ensure spending is consistent with General Fund Reserve Policy No. 460, as outlined in the above table.  The Citizens Oversight Committee will meet regularly at meetings that are open to the public.

Thank you for your continued support and keep an eye out for the Measure U logo to see Placentia’s tax dollars at work throughout the City.

Measure U Annual Report

Measure U Improvement Projects

Completed Measure U Improvement Projects 

  • FY 2019-20 Residential Slurry Seal Project (Completed October 2020) 
  • FY 2019-20 Arterial Roadway Rehabilitation Project (Completed November 2020) 
  • FY 2020-21 Roadway Rehabilitation Project (Completed May 2022)
  • FY 2021-22 Slurry Seal Project (Completed May 2022) 

Current Street Improvement Projects:

Project NameDescriptionStausBudget 
FY 2021-22 Roadway Rehabilitation ProjectThis project will repave more than 1.3 million square feet of arterial/collector streets including Orangethorpe Avenue and residential streets in the Atwood neighborhood. Damaged sidewalk panels and curb and gutter will also be replaced as part of this project.  

Under Construction 

Estimated Completed Date
January 2023
$6.1 Million
 (Measure U, SB/1 Gas Tax, Measure M, Sewer Enterprise Fund and City of Anaheim Cost-Share)

Upcoming Park Improvement Projects:

  • Parque del Arroyo Verde Renovation Project 
  • Kraemer Memorial Park Fountain Rehabilitation Project
  • Wagner Park Playground Replacement Project
  • Santa Fe Playground Replacement
  • Oberle Gym Court Resurfacing 
  • Painting of Backs Building Youth Rooms
  • Replacement of park amenities including benches, BBQs, and tables at various City parks 

Project Maps:

FY 2020-21 Roadway Rehabilitation Project

FY 2021-22 Slurry Seal Project

FY 2021-22 Roadway Rehabilitation Project

Pavement Management Program:

Citywide Pavement Maintenance Schedule (Updated June 2022)

2022 Pavement Management Report

2022 Pavement Condition Index (PCI) Map

2022 Pavement Management Presentation 


Spring 2020 Measure U Update

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) (PDF)

Citizens Oversight Committee Agendas

City Council Resolution Placing Measure U on the Ballot (PDF)

General Fund Reserve Policy No.460

Ordinance O-2018-08 (PDF)

Measure U Presentation (PDF)