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Davis Voters To Decide Fate of Parks Maintenance Tax

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, June 4, 2012

If Measure D passes, people in Davis would continue to pay an annual tax of $49 per residential parcel and $40 per 1,000 square foot for non-residential parcels.

The city would then use that money to maintain parks, swimming pools, greenbelts and other public areas.

Alan Pryor is with the Yes on Measure D campaign. He says they're not asking people in Davis to pay a higher fee…

"All we're doing is asking them to maintain funding at the previous level that they've approved renewal of twice since '98. These parks, and over 20 miles of bike pathways that would also be maintained, are really kind of the jewels of Davis."

Measure D opponent, Coleman Thomas Randall Jr., says putting the fee on property taxes is an involuntary way to collect revenue.

Randall didn't reply to requests for comment by deadline, but on his No on Measure D website he says a better alternative would be contribution programs and user fees.

Measure D needs a two-thirds majority to pass. It would extend the Parks Maintenance Tax in Davis for another six years.  

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