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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 Measure A Expenditure Plan, 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:

Final Narrative Report of the 2016 Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment

Final Local Parks Funding Measure Resolution

Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Follow-up Polling Results

Potential Local Parks Funding Measure Presentation Slides

 

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.

 

 

7/5/16 - REPORT BACK TO THE BOARD OF SUPERVISORS

On August 11, 2015, the Board instructed the Director of the Department of Parks and Recreation,
through the Regional Park and Open Space District (RPOSD) to analyze potential funding
mechanisms and report back with a recommended revenue model and expenditure plan for funding
future park projects. On May 3, 2016, the Director presented the following in his report back
regarding the Potential Local Parks Funding Measure.

Memo from the Director

Expenditure Plan

Final Draft Local Parks Funding Measure Resolution

The Board then further instructed the Director to report back on July 5, 2016 with the final narrative
report of the 2016 Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment, the final draft local parks
funding measure resolution, and additional polling. The information presented to the Board can be
found at the links below.

Final Narrative Report of the 2016 Countywide Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment

Final Draft Local Parks Funding Measure Resolution

Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District Follow-up Polling Results

Potential Local Parks Funding Measure Presentation Slides

 

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.

Memo from the Director regarding the Needs Assessment Report

Countywide Comprehensive Parks and Recreation Needs Assessment Report

LA County Park Funding and Needs Informational Meeting Presentation

Dates and Places of Next Steps Meetings

 

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.

Memo from the Director

Feasibility Study

Polling Memo

Draft Parks Funding Measure 

RPOSD Potential Parks Measure Presentation

 

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.

Our Neighborhood Parks Flyer provides information about the need for open space in our
neighborhoods. Our Neighborhood Parks Flyer: English, Spanish, Chinese.

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 Revenue Expenditure and Implementation 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 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.