Measure A Placed Onto November Ballot Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Protection Measure of 2016
Voter Approval of Measure A Will Continue Funding for Parks,Open Space and Natural Local Water Resources
For more than 20 years, our communities have relied on local, voter-approved funding from the Los Angeles County Safe Neighborhood Parks Acts of 1992 and 1996 (Proposition A) to protect and maintain our neighborhood parks, outdoor areas and water resources. However, funding from the 1992 Proposition A ended in 2015 and funding from the 1996 Proposition will end in 2019.
The Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016 (Measure A) asks voters to continue their support for local parks, beaches, open space, and water resources by approving an annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents per square foot of development.
If approved, the estimated tax for the owner of a 1,500 square foot home will be $22.50 per year, and will be included on the annual property tax bill. Generating approximately $94 million per year for our local parks, beaches, and open space areas, Measure A will replace expiring dedicated funding from the voter-approved Propositions A of 1992 and 1996.
Measure A was developed with extensive stakeholder input from throughout Los Angeles County and designed to meet the Countywide Comprehensive Parks & Recreation Needs Assessment of 2016. The Needs Assessment was an 18-month process which provided detailed information from all 88 cities and unincorporated areas within Los Angeles County about the quality of their local parks, their current access to parks and recreation facilities and overall park needs, including public meetings and project lists developed and prioritized by members of each community.
PLACEMENT OF THE SAFE, CLEAN NEIGHBORHOOD PARKS AND BEACHES MEASURE ON THE NOVEMBER 2016 BALLOT
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, July 5, 2016, to place a parks funding measure onto the November ballot. The Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks & Beaches Measure of 2016 would replace funding under Proposition A passed more than 20 years ago and that is set to expire in 2019. The measure would add a parcel tax of one-and-a-half cent per square foot of developed property. An average homeowner with a 1,500 square foot home would pay approximately $22.50 a year.
If approved by voters, the measure would raise $94 million annually. The funds would then go directly to cities and local communities to protect, enhance and maintain our neighborhood parks, open space, trails, beaches, natural habitat and rivers, creeks and streams. Please see the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks & Beaches Measure of 2016 flyer (Spanish / Chinese), the Briefing Points and a Comparison of Measure A and Prop A for more information. The information presented to the Board of Supervisors on July 5, 2016 can be found at the links below:
For a side-by-side comparison of the Parks Funding Measure and the Prop A funds, take a look at the City Funds Distribution Comparison Chart.
POTENTIAL LOS ANGELES COUNTY PARK FUNDING MEASURE 2016
The Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) has primarily been funded by two benefit assessments which generated approximately $80 million annually. The 1992 assessment expired in FY 2014-15, and the 1996 assessment will end in FY 2018-19, leading to an urgent need for funding to provide safe, well-maintained parks for the growing population of Los Angeles County.
With the current funding due to expire in 2019, the Board of Supervisors directed RPOSD to develop an information and education program for RPOSD to ensure that various communities understand where their tax dollars have been expended, research the feasibility of a taxing mechanism that could fund park and recreation projects into the future and draft a funding measure to meet the needs identified in the 2016 Countywide Park and Recreation Needs Assessment Final Report
RPOSD INFORMATION AND EDUCATION PROGRAM
Earlier this year, RPOSD launched a comprehensive outreach program to engage LA County in the efforts and successes of RPOSD and provide education on both the Needs Assessment and a potential funding measure.
Local Community Sheets provide information about local parks and recreation facilities that have received grants funds from RPOSD, to date.
The Potential Parks Funding Measure Expenditure Plan shows how the District proposes to divide and allocate the local funding collected from the potential ballot measure for the development and maintenance of parks in our communities.
POTENTIAL BALLOT MEASURE DOCUMENTS
The following is the report back to the Board of Supervisors from the Director of Los Angeles Country Parks and Recreation regarding the Potential Local Parks Funding Measure.
COUNTYWIDE COMPREHENSIVE PARKS AND RECREATION NEEDS ASSESSMENT REPORT AND NEXT STEPS MEETING SCHEDULE
In 2015, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to initiate the Countywide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment. The Needs Assessment engaged all communities within Los Angeles County to gather data and input for future decision making on parks and recreation. The primary goal of the Needs Assessment was to determine the need for parks and recreational facilities and the potential costs of those needs. The Parks Needs Assessment is complete and the results will help local officials, park agencies, and residents understand the future steps that need to be taken to ensure all communities have adequate access to parks.
PROPOSITION A 1992
Passage of the Safe Neighborhood Parks Proposition of 1992, Proposition A, on November 3, 1992, created the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District. The District’s boundaries are coterminous with the boundaries of Los Angeles County. The 1992 Proposition funded $540 million dollars for the acquisition, development, rehabilitation, protection and restoration of beach, wildlife, park and natural lands within the County, tree-planting, gang prevention and intervention, and improvement of recreation facilities for youth and senior citizens. For the full text of the 1992 Proposition, click here.
The Engineer’s Report approved by the voters in 1992, with the Proposition, is the engineering analysis for the formation of the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District. The report includes the various formulas used to determine the District’s method of levying assessments against the parcels of land in Los Angeles County. For the full text of the 1992 Engineer’s Report, click here.
Passage of the Safe Neighborhood Parks Proposition of 1996, Proposition A, on November 5, 1996, provided an additional $319 million dollars in funding for the development, acquisition, improvement, restoration and maintenance of parks, recreational, cultural and community facilities and open space lands within the County of Los Angeles. For the full text of the 1996 Proposition, click here.
The Engineer’s Report approved by the voters in 1996 modifies the formulas in the 1992 Engineer’s Report. For the full text of the 1996 Engineer’s Report, click here.