Measure M – Parks for All – Funding for County, City Parks
Sonoma County voters on Nov. 6, 2018 approved Measure M, a one-eighth cent sales tax that supports Sonoma County’s regional and city parks. Approved by 72.6 percent of voters, the “Sonoma County Parks Improvement, Water Quality and Fire Safety Measure” went into effect in April 2019 and will provide funding for parks for 10 years.
Measure M Details
Measure M will support long-term needs to maintain, protect and operate parks. The tax will generate an estimated $11.5 million annually, with an estimated $7.6 million a year going to Regional Parks and an estimated $3.8 million a year total going to the nine cities.
The measure’s expenditure plan details how the revenue is spent. The county and cities each determines how best to prioritize their funding, and a citizen oversight committee ensures funds are used as intended.
With Measure M funding, the county and cities can:
- Invest in maintenance of parks, trails, signs, buildings and other infrastructure
- Improve playgrounds, sports fields, restrooms, picnic areas, and visitor centers
- Improve park access by extending or building trails, bike paths, coastal trails, and river trails
- Reduce wildfire risks through vegetation management
- Open new parkland to the public
- Protect natural resources, including waterways and wildlife habitat
- Offer recreation, education, and health programs in parks
Additional details about the measure: