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Should sales taxes be increased 1/8th cent for parks and park programs?

Original post made by Richard Hine, editor of The Almanac, on Oct 26, 2006

Measure A on the San Mateo County ballot would raise $16 million a year for parks and park programs in the county. To pass, two-thirds of voters must approve it. To see the Almanac’s Voter Guide story on Measure A, click here: Web Link
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Comments (6)

Posted by The tax man
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2006 at 10:04 am

I'm not a fan of higher taxes, but updating and maintaining our parks is crucial.

Posted by I walk the streets
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Oct 26, 2006 at 10:50 am

To save money and reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, I like to avoid driving my car unless I have to. For me to make a special trip to walk in a park, it has to be a fairly wonderful park.

I tend to relieve stress by walking to the grocery store and carrying my stuff home in a backpack. I try not to use my car on weekends.

I think global warming has to be taken seriously. Biking to a park, great. Driving to a park? I try to avoid it.

I can't recall the last time I've been to a county park. I expect I will vote no on this measure.

Posted by Outdoorswoman
a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Oct 26, 2006 at 3:15 pm

Re: the commments by I walk the streets

This sales tax supports your local municipal parks -- there is doubtlessly one within walking distance of your home.

County parks will certainly benefit, but city parks will share in the largesse. I think we can all agree that a well-maintained park with working facilities benefits us all.

Posted by Wondering
a resident of another community
on Oct 26, 2006 at 5:35 pm

Where does the money come from now to maintain municipal parks?
Why look for new sources? Why add to the sales tax?

Posted by Parksuser
a resident of Woodside: Woodside Hills
on Oct 31, 2006 at 4:25 pm

Measure A will provide for all parks in the County, not to be confused with ONLY County Parks (which will also benefit). Neighborhood parks, country parks and everything in between. A dedicated funding source will ensure nicer parks for our future, and nicer parks mean nicer neighborhoods, better property values, etc. Thank you for reading this.

Posted by MP Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: South of Seminary/Vintage Oaks
on Nov 1, 2006 at 7:32 am

Dedicated funding for our parks is something San Mateo County has needed for years. Various funding sources always seem to get diverted to other uses, and our parks suffer.

As I read it, this Measure would not only provide funding for our county parks, it would also provide funding for city parks - also desperately needed.

At something like $18/household per year, this is a no-brainer. I'm voting YES on A.

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