Friday, February 28, 2014

Ballot measure to increase our Midpeninsula Open Space property tax

Note:  the Midpeninsula regional open space district does not include Pacifica.

We can see Santa Clara/Silicon Valley from here
San Jose Mercury News/Paul Rogers, 2/27/14.  "Silicon Valley open space bond measure placed on June ballot."

By a 7-0 vote Wednesday night, the board of the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, a government agency based in Los Altos, placed a $300 million bond measure on the June 3 ballot in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties.

The measure, which requires a two-thirds majority vote to pass, would increase property tax bills from the current rate of $17 a year per $100,000 assessed value by $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed value. The extra money would add up to 28,000 new acres to the district's total of 62,000 acres, build new trails, restore wildlife habitat and open all of the agency's preserves to the public, including the summit of Mount Umunhum south of San Jose. Currently, because of tight funding, only 54 percent of the district's lands are open to hikers, bicyclists and horse riders.  Read article. 

Reference -  Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District/Funding Measure.  "Overview.  On February 26, the Midpen Board of Directors voted to place a general obligation bond measure on the June 3, 2014 ballot. The decision came after a long public process to help shape the direction and priorities of the District into the future. The resulting vision plan reflects the public’s priorities to expand, enhance, and connect regional trails and open space areas, to preserve open space, and to complete restoration projects. The measure requires a two-thirds vote in Midpen’s jurisdiction in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties and a portion of unincorporated Santa Cruz County."


San Mateo County
Santa Clara County
Portola Valley
Mountain View
East Palo Alto
Redwood City
Los Altos
Palo Alto
Half Moon Bay
San Carlos
Los Altos Hills
Menlo Park
Los Gatos

Monte Sereno

Note:  Photograph from Black Mountain Skyline ridge (Monte Bello Open Space Preserve, Los Gatos) is from the San Francisco Chronicle by Karl Gohl.  

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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