The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to place a one-eighth cent sales tax measure on the June 3 ballot to raise money for parks and recreation programs.
The tax would provide about $16 million a year for the operation, improvement and maintenance of city parks and recreation departments and county parks, county staff said.
The tax, which requires approval by two-thirds of the voters for passage, would cost the average person $18 a year, staff estimated.
A handful of people praised the measure during the Board of Supervisors meeting. Julie Bott, executive director of the San Mateo County Parks Foundation, discussed how well maintained parks raise the value of homes in the area. Parks are "invaluable to the fabric of our community," she said.
A previous attempt to pass the tax in 2006 failed, but Ms. Bott said the proponents are much more organized this time.