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Parks tax increase could be on ballot

Posted: Monday, Feb 17th, 2014

SANTA CRUZ — County supervisors are expected to decide next week whether to place a tax measure on the June ballot to fund park maintenance, calling for a modest increase to an expiring tax of a different form.

Residential property owners in most county unincorporated areas have been paying an annual $6.58 “service fee” for park maintenance for about 20 years, as part of a county service area, said Betsey Lynberg, who heads parks as the county’s assistant public works director.

The proposed new measure requires two-thirds voter approval and would create an annual tax of less than $10 per year per commercial or residential parcel, Lynberg said.

“The funding has been used for things like cleaning restrooms, fixing leaky roofs and picking up garbage as well as assisting with after-school and summer youth programs,” Lynberg said. “We have a mounting list of deferred maintenance ... This really does make a big difference.”

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