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The Grassroots Working Group (GWG) will be back before the County Board of Supervisors at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, August 9th, in the supervisor’s chambers at 700 H Street, Sacramento. For Grassroots, this will be the most important Board decision of the year.
The Board is considering whether to sponsor state legislation this year that would give the county the authority to place before the voters a 1/10 % sales tax for parks purposes (one penny for every $10 spent). The county is already authorized to place a sales tax before the voters, but not one this small. Save the American River Association supports this.
The revenue from a sales tax must to go to a governmental agency. SARA believes that the county should have the OPTION of having the revenue go to a new Regional Park District.
State legislative changes would be needed if the county were to have this option. SARA thinks this option is important because polling shows that voters are more likely to support the sales tax for parks if the money goes to a Regional Park District.
Please show your support of the GWG effort to Rescue Our Regional Parks and Open Space, by attending the August 9th session.
Tuesday, August 9th at 4:00 p.m.
700 H Street, Sacramento
E-MAIL OR CALL
If you are unable to attend, please call or e-mail all 5 supervisors asking them to add the Regional Park District changes to the 1/10th of a cent sales tax legislation they are preparing -- to allow citizens to vote on the best opportunity to rescue Parks.
Supervisors - 700 H Street, Suite 2450 Sacramento, CA 95814
General Info: 916-874-5411 Fax for all members: 916-874-7593
(D-1) Phil Serna 916-874-5485 SupervisorSerna@saccounty.net
(D-2) Jimmy Yee 916-874-5481 firstname.lastname@example.org
(D-3) Susan Peters 916-874-5471 email@example.com
(D-4) Roberta MacGlashan 916-874-5491 firstname.lastname@example.org
(D-5) Don Nottoli 916-874-5465 email@example.com
"The Save The American River Association (SARA) had concluded that the best way to preserve the American River Parkway is to look at the bigger picture.
"In response to devastating budget cuts and the possible dismantling of the Sacramento County Regional Parks and Open Space System by the County Board of Supervisors, SARA formed the Grassroots Working Group (GWG) in mid-2010.
"The Group’s goal is to secure adequate, stable, long-term funding for operations, maintenance and expansion of the Regional Parks and Open Space System, which includes the American River Parkway, Cosumnes River Preserve, Deer Creek Hills, Dry Creek Parkway, Sacramento Delta Facilities and the Regional Parks at Mather, Elk Grove and Gibson Ranch.
"According to SARA President, Warren V. Truitt, "The popularity of the American River Parkway – some 8,000,000 visits per year – now stresses Parkway capacity, especially during the warmer months. Therefore, SARA is supporting the effort to rescue our entire Regional Parks and Open Space System.”
"The guiding vision of the Grassroots Working Group is a safe, accessible, well-maintained system of regional parks, farmland, open space and wild lands, linked by a non-motorized transportation network.
"GWG's mission is to identify an appropriate structure to manage our regional parks and open space, coupled with a reliable funding stream for operations, maintenance, and expansion of the system."