(By Supervisor Antonovich) Our County parks are a vital resource that improves the quality of life for all of our residents. However, Proposition P is a flawed initiative and another excessive tax on our residents.
Proposition P was pushed onto the ballot without any public outreach, input, or discussion – with little research or engagement with our cities and communities.
Proponents of Proposition P assert that this is a necessary to fund parks and recreational programs – however they fail to mention that the County currently has $150 million in unallocated park funds and our park system will not face any budget cuts without this tax. In addition, we are already funding parks under separate tax measures passed in 1992 and 1996 still in existence.
Before saddling taxpayers with yet another new tax, we need a comprehensive plan to spend existing unallocated revenues and a proposal to specify the need for new revenue.
Furthermore, Proposition P will not help reduce crime or make our neighborhoods safer -- the funds generated from Proposition P can only be used for capital projects and cannot be spent on community program or operations that can have a positive impact on our communities.
Proposition P is an conceived and unnecessary measure and deserves a no vote this November.