Regional Parks funding measure returns to supervisors in July
On July 10 Sonoma County Regional Parks Department will return to the Board of Supervisors with details on a proposed funding measure for the November 2018 ballot.
The proposal calls for a 1/8-cent sales tax increase over 10 years, expected to raise $11.5 million to be divvied up among city and regional parks around the county.
About $76 million would go to Regional Parks, with about $33 million of that to be used to update park infrastructure. One third of money raised would be shared with Sonoma County’s cities to maintain and improve city parks, but just how $38.3 million would be distributed over nine cities is still to be determined.
Regional Parks has identified about $20 million in deferred maintenance needs, but has about $200,000 in annual funding to address those needs.
With 11,071 acres of parkland, Sonoma County Regional Parks has developed one of the most diverse park systems in California. Future projected acquisitions could potentially double that acreage.
At its June 13 board meeting, supervisors were supportive of the measure – some even zealous. “Count me wildly enthusiastic. There is no better time to move forward with this,” said First District Supervisor Susan Gorin. “Let’s go get ‘em,” said Fifth District Supervisor Lynda Hopkins.