The one-quarter cent retail transactions and use tax passed as Measure A in November 2012 to care for Marin’s existing parks and open spaces, support regional community parks projects and programs, and further farmland preservation is creating positive change throughout Marin County. Measure A (Ordinance No. 3586) includes an expenditure plan (pages 7-10 of Ordinance No. 3586, Exhibit A) that guides the use of these funds, as follows:
The first Marin County Parks annual report on Fiscal Year 13-14 Measure A expenditures and other department efforts will be released in late 2014 or early 2015. The report will provide a broad overview of department budgets, expenditures, important planning, acquisition, maintenance and capital improvement projects, staff functions, and will describe Measure A expenditures within the context of department work as a whole. Once released, the report will be widely publicized and be available in print and digital forms.
The certified public accounting firm Badawi and Associates was selected to perform the independent compliance audit of Measure A Fiscal Year 2013-14 expenditures. The audit resulted in an independent opinion of the compliance of use of Measure A revenues with Marin County Ordinance 3586 and its related Expenditure Plan. An ad hoc committee of the Measure A Community Oversight Committee worked with staff to oversee the audit. Outcomes of the FY 2013-14 audit were presented at the November 13, 2014 meeting of the Measure A Community Oversight Committee. The Final Report prepared by the auditor on the compliance of Measure A FY 13-14 expenditures is now available for review.
Measure A Community Oversight Committee:
The seven appointees to the committee that oversees Measure A expenditures met for the first time on May 29, 2014 to review the FY 2013-14 Measure A budget, department progress implementing Measure A-funded projects and programs to date, and to select ad hoc committees to oversee the annual audit and annual reporting required by the Expenditure Plan. The next meeting of the committee was held on November 13, 2014. During this meeting the committee reviewed a near-final draft of the first Measure A annual report, received a report on the FY 13-14 Measure A audit, received a presentation of FY 13-14 Measure A expenditures, and a presentation on expenditures planned in the FY 2014-15 budget.
Breathe/Respira Community Grant Program:
Marin County Park and Open Space Program:
Visit the Marin County Parks Overview of Proposed Budgets for Fiscal Year 2014-2015 Presentation for information on the Measure A budget (begins slide number 10).
Measure A will also fund large park and open space restoration projects. Due to the size of these projects, they will be planned and implemented over multiple years, and much of the on-the-ground features and amenities will not be seen until 2015 or later due to the time required for plan development and, if necessary, environmental review and permitting.
Farmland Preservation Program:
City, Town, and Special District Program:
Throughout the year, community members will have opportunities to attend public meetings of the Marin County Parks and Open Space Commission, the Measure A Community Oversight Committee, and the Marin County Board of Supervisors to learn more about how Measure A funds are being budgeted and spent. After the close of each fiscal year, the Community Oversight Committee will review expenditures to determine whether they complied with the Measure A ordinance, oversee an independent audit, and work with staff to prepare an annual report summarizing how Measure A funds were spent within the greater context of all department budgets and work. The annual report will include a map highlighting a sample of completed projects so you can give yourself a tour of the work that’s been performed.
ALL opportunities to participate in Measure A discussions will be advertised through our website, events calendar, and other media, including Facebook, Twitter, our quarterly newsletter, and the local press. When you attend any of our events, ask one of our staff members about the latest on Measure A projects and programs! We will also be posting signs at locations throughout the county where projects and improvements have been funded by Measure A. Look for the official Measure A seal!
Finally, we want you to know we are developing more complete content for our website to provide you extensive information about how Measure A funds are bringing widespread improvements to Marin County’s parks, preserves, and farmland. Until then, check back here for regular updates and feel free to contact External Affairs Coordinator Kevin Wright at KWright@marincounty.org or (415) 473-2129 with questions.
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