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New Proposal To Help Ailing County Parks



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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Think a tenth of one percent sales tax can't make a big difference? According to the Grassroots Working Group, an alliance of local conservation organizations,  a tax that small would bring county parks back to being fully funded and fully staffed. Sean Donahoe chairs the group and talked about the idea on Capital Public Radio's Insight.

SEAN DONAHOE What you would get for this tenth of a cent sales tax? You would get the restoration of the park ranger force, you would get operations and maintenance for all of the county run regional parks.

All told the new sales tax would bring in 17 million dollars in revenue.  The proposal also contains a provision which would make the county parks a separate entity, insulated from county politics. If the supervisors approve the plan, the issue would go before county voters in the fall of 2012 .  

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