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Dedicating a fraction of the 1% County ad-valorem property tax to special districts

Original post made by Jack Hickey, Woodside: Emerald Hills, on Jun 1, 2013

Supporters of Parks and Open-space have sought dedicated funds for their pet projects. Sales taxes were tried and failed to get voter approval. What is generally not understood by the public, is that the Mid-Peninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD) collects a portion of property taxes from residents of South County cities for maintenance and acquisition of open space for use by all comers.

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Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jan 13, 2014 at 11:10 am

Property owners in Portola Valley, Menlo Park, East Palo Alto, Woodside, Atherton, Redwood City, San Carlos and Belmont take note.
The Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District(MROSD)spent $500,000 of your property tax dollars on a "visioning and priority-setting process". They are now conducting a poll to test the waters for a $200,000,000 bond measure to make the collective vision a reality.
Vision this: San Mateo without an open space district.

Originally established as the Midpeninsula Regional Park District,Web Link MROSD takes property taxes which could be supporting San Mateo County Parks and Recreation. It has acquired more than 60,000 acres of open space land. Recreational uses of that land are relatively non-existent.
MROSD should be detached from San Mateo County.