A year ago the supervisors empowered a coalition of conservation groups called the grassroots working group to study the issue of dwindling county park funding. The working group came back with a proposal that would fully fund parks with a sales tax. The tax would generate seventeen million dollars in revenue
There seems to be a consensus on the board of supervisors to approve the proposal.
PHIL SERNA: "The reason that is important to focus on a new funding paradigm for parks is that unlike cities, the county of Sacramento and all other counties in California have some very restrictive funding mandates."
Democrat Phil Serna is one of the five supervisors.
SERNA: In the context of very challenging fiscal environment, unfortunately parks tend to fall to the bottom of that priority list.
While the supervisors are expected to give the go ahead later today, don't look for more rangers on the American River Parkway anytime soon. The state legislature has to approve the plan, and county voters would have the final say in a referendum in 2012.