• Shiloh Ranch Regional Park spring 2018

Director's Message

Dear Parks Community,

We at Regional Parks are thrilled to be planning for the implementation of Measure M, the 1/8-cent parks sales tax approved by Sonoma County voters in November.

We see the measure's approval by 72.6 percent of voters as a major vote of confidence, a sign that our community sees county and city parks as essential to our quality of life, our health, and our economy. The 10-year tax will support both Sonoma County’s regional parks and its city parks.

Measure M will help us better maintain parks, improve access to parks, and more fully manage natural resources within parks. We plan to tackle long-overdue repairs, renovate and expand trails, reduce wildfire risks, and stabilize the parks system in many other ways. For more details on how the funding can be spent, I encourage you to look at the measure's expenditure plan(PDF: 133 kB).

The measure goes into effect in April 2019, and the first year of funding will be reflected in our 2019-2020 fiscal year, which begins July 1, 2019. Additional details about the measure are available in the answers to these frequently asked questions.

In the coming months, Regional Parks will identify its initial funding priorities and work plans and bring them to the Board of Supervisors for public review in the spring. Meanwhile, the county and the cities will create a citizens advisory committee to review how Measure M funding is used and to ensure transparency.

We're grateful to the "Parks for All" campaign for delivering a stable source of funding for Sonoma County’s parks and putting us on par with other Bay Area counties that support their parks.

We look forward to showing you what we can achieve.

Bert Whitaker
Director
Sonoma County Regional Parks