This page highlights and reports how Oakland Public Works is putting Measure Q funding to work improving Oakland parks. Future updates to the page will include all service areas funded by Measure Q.
Oakland voters passed Measure Q in March 2020. Measure Q collects parcel tax funding to support City of Oakland services in these categories:
64% for parks, landscape maintenance, and recreational services. Includes costs associated with maintaining, protecting, and improving parks, open space, and recreational facilities and services throughout Oakland.
30% for services to address homelessness. Includes costs associated with alleviating homelessness or its impacts within Oakland.
5% for services to address water quality and related litter reduction. Includes costs associated with meeting the City’s water quality objectives.
1% for administrative expenses. Includes costs associated with Measure Q and the provision of the above-listed services.
In Fiscal Year 2021-2022, Measure Q is budgeted to provide more than $27.5 million in ongoing revenue for these services.
Oakland Public Works is responsible for implementing many of these services. This page is maintained by OPW to provide information about how we are putting the parks and water funding to work. For information about the City of Oakland's services related to homelessness, please follow this link:
The text of Measure Q states, "The City Council shall assign to one or more existing Boards or Commissions the responsibility for citizen oversight of this measure. [They] shall review reports related to the expenditure of revenue collected by the City from the special tax imposed by [Measure Q] and provide reports to the City Council when requested, and perform other functions as assigned by the City Council."
With respect to funding for services to address homelessness the City Council has assigned this oversight function to the Commission on Homelessness. Follow the link to find meeting times, agendas, and more.
With respect to funding for parks, landscape maintenance, and recreational services, and services to address water quality and related litter reduction, the City Council has assigned this oversight function to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Commission (PRAC). Follow the link to find meeting times, agendas, and more. This section of this page shares ongoing documentation the City provides to PRAC to support this work, as well as other documents providing basic information about Measure Q.
Find the Council legislation assigning this function to the PRAC here. The City of Oakland Legistar records for Council discussion and adoption of the legislation is online here.
For more general information about these services -- not specific to Measure Q -- please follow the below links.