Measure A

Measure A protects the parks, open spaces, and farmland that make Marin an extraordinary place to live, work, and play.

Measure A's quarter-cent sales tax supports parks, open space, and agricultural lands across Marin. Measure A funds can't be used for any other purpose.

Measure A revenue and expenditures undergo two annual compliance audits, overseen by the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee, to ensure funds are managed in accordance with Marin County Ordinance No. 3586 PDF.

Here's how Measure A dollars are spent.

Measure A County Parks and Open Space

County Parks and Open Space: 52%

Since 2013, Measure A funds have supported infrastructure repairs, vegetation management, conservation, and public programs. Measure A has funded the development of park master plans, the Inclusive Access plan, and other initiatives that keep parks and open spaces enjoyable, safe, and sustainable. Learn more about Measure A-funded projects:

Measure A Farmland Preservation

Farmland Preservation: 20%

Measure A has helped protect thousands of acres of farmland. "With the support of the County's Farmland Preservation Program, Marin Agricultural Land Trust (MALT) has been able to protect farms and ranches, as well as nearly 2,000 acres of habitat for common and special status species. This allows both agriculture and nature to thrive in Marin." - Jamison Watts, Executive Director, MALT.

Farmland preservation easements include:

  • Dolcini-Beltrametti Ranch, 326 acres
  • Evans Ranch, 996 acres
  • Furlong Ranch, 609 acres
  • J. McIssac Ranch, 527 acres
  • Stanley Martinelli Ranch, 602 acres
  • Taylor Ranch, 706 acres
Measure A Cities and Towns

Cities and Towns: 15%

Measure A grants are awarded annually to support parks, open spaces, and recreation programs in 19 municipalities, towns, and districts: Bel Marin Keyes, CSD, Belvedere, Corte Madera, Fairfax Firehouse Community Park Agency, Larkspur, Marin City CSD, Marinwood CSD, Mill Valley, Muir Beach CSD, Novato, Ross, San Anselmo, San Rafael, Sausalito, Stawberry Rec District, Tamalpais CSD, Tiburon, and Tomales CSD.

Measure A also funds $100,000 annually in community grants to local non-profit organizations, extending opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy parks, preserves, and programs. Grant recipients include Lifehouse, serving people with developmental disabilities, San Rafael Schools after school STEM education, Trips for Kids, Marin Conservation League, and more. Read the Community Grant Program Overview for information about grant recipients, and the grant application and selection process.

Measure A Land Acquisition

Land Acquisition: 13%

Measure A funds have been put toward these land acquisitions and easements:

  • Bowman addition to Mount Burdell Preserve
  • Corte Madera Baylands (with Marin Audubon Society)
  • Hill Ranch
  • Sky Ranch

Measure A Video