Measure A to extend funding for Santa Clara County's parks

Fifteen-year extension of park charter fund on the June 7 ballot

Santa Clara County voters will decide whether they want to prolong a park preservation fund on the June 7 ballot.

Measure A would extend the county's park charter fund by taking 1.5 cents for every $100 of assessed property value for 15 years starting July 1, 2017, if it is approved by a majority vote.

The money would help protect parks, enhance access to park spaces, continue operations and maintain clean restrooms and facilities.

The park charter fund, which was established in 1972 and has been renewed six times since then, helps improve more than 50,000 acres of open space in the county, the measure's proponents said.

The most recent renewal was in 2006, when 71 percent of voters approved a similar measure to continue the fund for 12 years beginning in 2009.

Measure A would continue the fund through June 30, 2032, past its current 2021 expiration date, according to an impartial analysis on the measure written by San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Joshua White.

If the measure passes, Santa Clara County must use a minimum 10 percent of the money for park development and use the rest for park operations, White said.

The measure's supporters include Santa Clara County board president Dave Cortese and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, in addition to numerous organizations including the Silicon Valley Leadership Group and Santa Clara Valley Water District.

In an opposition argument against the measure, Milpitas resident W. Dito questioned how the money is being used and how many people go to county parks in a year.

In a rebuttal argument to the opposition, measure supporters said about 3 million people visit county parks annually and the fund is the only secured local source of money to help county parks without increasing taxes.

"Our community has supported and protected local parks for many years. We need to continue this commitment for ourselves, and future generations," measure supporters said.

— Bay City News Service

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Posted by clorinda
a resident of Midtown
on May 25, 2016 at 12:17 pm

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Measure A. The complete text of the County Measure A states that the tax to be transferred will be 0.015 per $100 of assessed value. At least 10% of the funds transferred shall be set aside for for park development purposes and 10% for park acquisition. the remainder or 80 % will be used for County Park operations. The tax will be effective in the 2017-2018 (July 1, 2017) calendar year and run to June 2032. Are there some errors in the County Council's Impartial analysis or am I missing something?

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