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 well on its way to 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:
Following is some of the work that has been accomplished with Measure A funds since July 2013.
Measure A Committee Oversight Committee:
Breathe/Respira Community Grant Program:
Marin County Park and Open Space Program:
Farmland Preservation Program:
City, Town, and Special District Program:
Visit the Marin County Parks Overview of Proposed Budgets for Fiscal Year 2013-2014 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.
Throughout the year, community members will have the opportunity 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. The annual report will include a roadmap of completed projects so you can give yourself a tour of all 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 and preserves. 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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