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:
Measure A provides funding to a range of community partners to care for Marin’s local parks and preserves, protect working family farms, and improve visitor services. The Marin County Department of Finance is responsible for auditing these subrecipients and has completed their first audit of Fiscal Year (FY) 2013-14 subrecipient Measure A expenditures.
The certified public accounting firm Badawi and Associates has completed a second annual independent compliance audit of Measure A expenditures.
Measure A Community Oversight Committee:
The seven-member Measure A Community Oversight Committee, tasked with overseeing Measure A expenditures including annual audits and creation of an annual report, continues to meet the second Thursday in February and November each year. Meetings are publicly noticed and all are welcome to attend. Recordings of previous meetings are available on the web.
Each November, in addition to reports on audits and the draft annual report, staff compiles a presentation reviewing Measure A programs, policies, budgeting and expenditures in detail.
Breathe/Respira Community Grant Program:
The Breathe/Respira Community Grant Program provides grants to support projects, programs, and initiatives of varying scope and size that increase the capacity of community organizations to partner with Marin County Parks to improve our visitor services to Marin’s communities with limited access to or knowledge of our public lands. Marin County Parks is focused on building relationships with and serving all of Marin’s communities in an equitable manner. Through this grant program, we are excited to dramatically enhance our community partnerships and the opportunities Marin communities have to enjoy our parks, preserves, and programs. The next window to apply for these grants will open in Spring 2016. The Grant Program Overview includes additional information about the grant application and selection process.
Marin County Park and Open Space Program:
Visit the Marin County Parks Overview of Proposed Budgets for Fiscal Year 2015-2016 Presentation for information on the Measure A budget.
Measure A will be funding other large park and open space restoration projects. Due to the size of these projects, they will be budgeted, 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 independent compliance audits, 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. 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 (415) 473-2129 with questions.
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