Santa Rosa, CA – July 10, 2018 – The
Sonoma County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday, July 10, to introduce an ordinance that will place on the Nov. 6 ballot a one-eighth-cent sales tax measure for regional
and local park improvements.
approved by voters, the sales tax would support the county and cities with
their long-term needs to maintain parks, protect natural resources, reduce
wildfire risks, provide health and recreation programs, and open new parks and
Board's action introduced the ordinance that would establish the tax. The Board
is scheduled to consider adopting the ordinance at its Aug. 7 meeting. If
approved in November by two-thirds of voters countywide, the tax measure would
go into effect in April of 2019.
County has assembled one of the most diverse park systems in California, but it
lacks the funding that a network of this size needs. Now we’re at a critical
juncture,” said Board Chairman James Gore. “Either we place this measure before
voters or we consider cutting services, decreasing maintenance even further,
and limiting the growth of the parks system.”
tax would generate an estimated $11.5 annually for 10 years, with $7.6 million
going to Regional Parks and a total of $3.8 million going to the county’s nine
cities. An integral part of the proposed measure is its expenditure plan, which
details how the revenue would be spent, and calls for an oversight committee to
ensure the funds are used for their intended purposes.
of the measure would allow Regional Parks to:
in maintenance of parks, trails, signs, buildings and other
infrastructure, including an estimated $20 million in deferred maintenance
construction of trails and amenities in existing parks
playgrounds, sports fields, restrooms, picnic areas, and visitor centers
access to parks by extending or building regional trails, including bike
paths, coastal trails, and river trails.
publicly owned parklands that are currently not accessible
natural resources, including waterways and wildlife habitat
wildfire risks through vegetation management
successful, the measure would allow cities to invest in similar park needs,
with individual cities determining how best to prioritize their projects.
see the July 10 Board report, proposed ordinance, and expenditure plan, go to http://sonoma-county.granicus.com/MetaViewer.php?view_id=&event_id=949&meta_id=246189.
more information, please contact Regional Parks' Project Manager James Nantell
at (707) 565-2041 or email@example.com.
County Regional Parks
The Regional Parks system includes 56 parks, beaches, and trails throughout
Sonoma County. Regional Parks’ mission is to create healthy communities and
contribute to the county’s economic vitality by acquiring, developing,
managing, maintaining parks. Regional Parks preserves natural and cultural
resources and offers opportunities for recreation and education that enhance
the quality of life and well-being of residents and visitors.