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Parks Funding Measure One Step Closer to November Ballot

Selected highlights from the Board of Supervisors' agenda

Previews (upcoming items) and Reviews (a wrap-up) of the last Board meeting posted every Thursday on Patch.

Previews

There is no board meeting on July 31

Reviews

What happened at the Board meeting on July 24

  1. Parks Funding Measure One Step Closer to November Ballot
  2. Agreement with Ag Institute Regarding County “Christmas Tree Lot” Adopted
  3. $2 Million in Additional Appropriation Towards Civic Center Campus Improvements Authorized
  4. Changes to Immunization Fees One Step Closer to Adoption
  5. Garbage Collection Rates to Increase for Portions of Southern Marin
  6. Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council Established
  7. Rush Creek District will Continue
  8. Interviews and/or Appointments Considered for Several Boards & Commissions

Reviews

1. Parks Funding Measure One Step Closer to November Ballot

On Wednesday, July 25, the Board held a special meeting and OK'd revisions to an ordinance and spending plan that will place a countywide quarter-cent sales tax increase on the November ballot to fund parks, open space and agricultural land preservation. On July 24, after hearing public commentary, the Board postponed the first reading of the ordinance to July 25 so that additional revisions could be made. A final hearing on the merits of the proposal will take place on August 7, which will be the final go-ahead before bringing the measure to the voters.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Parks Funding Measure

Contact: Katherine Jones, External Affairs Coordinator of Marin County Parks at kmjones@marincounty.org

2. Agreement with Ag Institute Regarding County “Christmas Tree Lot” Adopted

Following up on the July 10th workshop discussing various proposals around the Civic Center campus, the Board adopted a memorandum of understanding with the Agricultural Institute of Marin and set aside $1 Million towards the costs of potential improvements to the “Christmas tree lot” on the northwest end of the Civic Center campus.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Agricultural Institute of Marin Regarding the Christmas Tree Lot

Contact: David Speer, Facilities Planning & Development Manager at dspeer@marincounty.org

3. $2 Million in Additional Appropriation Toward Civic Center Campus Improvements Authorized

Following up on a July 10th workshop, the Board set aside $2 million towards the costs of various capital and infrastructure improvements, including accessibility upgrades, pedestrian and bicycle connections, and various other projects designed to improve the entire Civic Center Campus and surrounding areas.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Civic Center Campus Capital Improvements

Contact: David Speer, Facilities Planning & Development Manager at dspeer@marincounty.org

4. Changes to Immunization Fees One Step Closer to Adoption

The Board took the first step in authorizing a change in the fee that is charged for immunizations to ensure they are consistent with Medi-Cal reimbursement rates. Federal law prohibits clinics from charging clients less than the amount paid by Medi-Cal for that service. The current fee to administer a vaccine to those with an ability to pay is $10, and staff proposes to increase that fee to $17. A hearing on the merits of the proposal has been scheduled for August 7th.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Revised Immunization Fee Schedule

Contact: Karen Wuopio, Public Health Program Manager at kwupio@marincounty.org

5. Garbage Collection Rates to Increase for Portions of Southern Marin

The Board authorized a 4.8 percent rate increase for garbage collection in portions of southern Marin in unincorporated areas near Mill Valley and Tiburon known as Shoreline and Gibson, Paradise Cay, Paradise and Mar East. Disposal expenses, zero-waste fees, and employee benefit costs are the primary factors driving the requested increase. A 4.8 percent increase would bring the average cost of a 32-gallon garbage can to $39.82 per month, which is in line with the Bay Area average and equates to an average $1.83 per month in additional cost for residential customers.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Garbage Rate Increase

Contact: Steve Devine, Public Works Program Manager, at sdevine@marincounty.org

6. Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council Established

After making revisions, the Board adopted a resolution establishing the Bolinas Lagoon Advisory Council (BLAC), which will replace the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Committee. The BLAC will advise Marin County Parks and the Board on matters related to implementation of the Bolinas Lagoon Ecosystem Restoration Project, and in so doing will act as liaison between lead government agencies, including the County, and the communities surrounding Bolinas Lagoon.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Council

Contact: Ron Miska, Deputy Parks Director at rmiska@marincounty.org

7. Rush Creek District Will Continue to Exist

On June 12th, the Board adopted a resolution declaring its intent to continue the maintenance and operation of the Rush Creek Landscaping and Lighting District in Novato. Per the requirements of state law, the Board conducted a public hearing and determined that it is appropriate to continue operation of the District.

Need more info? See the Full Report on Rush Creek Landscaping and Lighting District

Contact: Ron Miska, Deputy Parks Director at rmiska@marincounty.org

8. Interviews and/or Appointments Considered for Several Boards & Commissions

Need more info?

Contact: Clerk of the Board staff at BOS@marincounty.org

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Tina McMillan July 31, 2012 at 03:09 AM
http://www.marinij.com/sanrafael/ci_21148823/marin-open-space-tax-bid-moves-ahead-officials "Plans for a new countywide sales tax raising $10 million a year for parks, open space and farm programs moved ahead Tuesday after officials made the measure more politically palatable by dropping provisions giving a helping hand to Marin's state parks. ...Board of Supervisors bowed to requests by environmental groups that roughly $1.3 million a year be set aside for open space acquisition despite a consultant's survey indicating voters are interested in taking care of existing facilities, not buying more open space... The board also agreed to provide about $1.5 million of the annual proceeds to park projects proposed by local cities and special districts. Arnold urged a $2 million city allocation to pay for parks "where the people live," twice as much as staff proposed… ...Parks chief Linda Dahl, calling the state scandal "pretty disturbing," said that even though sales tax revenue will not be used, the county could dip into its existing $12 million parks and open space budget to shift money to keep China Camp or other state park operations open... ... Dave Coury of San Rafael, who argued that the county measure "touches a lot of bases" in order to woo voters, but fails to make a case for a "central" need. "There are a lot of needs in Marin, and $10 million a year could do a lot" to provide child care, take care of health concerns and fund other programs, he noted..."
Tina McMillan July 31, 2012 at 04:44 AM
If I understood correctly, Linda Dahl, the Marin parks chief, will shift funds so that the money budgeted for city and county can instead support state parks here in Marin, while the incoming $10 million in revenue can cover the existing expenditures and more. It seems to me that Dahl is proposing an end run around the "politically palatable" provisions created by Supervisors. So the answer to your question is yes and no; yes the money will go to support state parks but no, not because the measure was written to provide the money in that manner, but because the county parks chief is willing to divert funds to make it so.
Victoria Castro July 31, 2012 at 07:22 AM
The only problem I have with our parks is that there are not enough mirrors. I mean, in order to savor my beauty, my hotness, I have to find a pool of water. Last time I did this I almost drowned after falling into said pool of water after falling in love with my own reflection. This is dangerous folks! Save our parks, but also save our narcissits!
Kevin Moore August 01, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Death of the tax payer by a thousand slashes, or in our case, many many 0.25% sales tax increases. No doubt there will be a pension tax soon or a tax to complete the SMART train. Until they fix the spending problem, there is going to be a problem raising taxes.
Kevin Moore August 01, 2012 at 07:10 PM
In my view, the $54 million is stolen money. Imagine having the license fee for your car double on the pretense it was for repairing streets and highways. Then every year, you are told there is no money to repair the potholes in your area. Then you find over $31 million has been hidden over the last 12 years. This is exactly what has happened the OHV fund. Registration fees doubled and we have been told there is no more money in the fund.

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