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Vote NO on A; Marin Supervisors Should Donate Their Slush Fund

Tell the supervisors to direct their slush fund money to parks instead of taxing us.

This summer the state found $54 million in funds that are special funds to support state parks. The Marin County Board of Supervisors still put forth a tax measure that is not needed.  "Grow the tax" is the mantra.

Please vote NO on Measure A and also please email the Marin supervisors and tell them to donate their discretionary "slush fund" to the parks and open spaces.

IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE.

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Al Dugan October 27, 2012 at 04:00 PM
This is a copy of the email I sent to the Marin Supervisors: This is a formal request for the Marin County Supervisors to eliminate discretionary funds and transfer these funds annually to parks and open spaces. Please provide a response.
Eleanor Sluis October 27, 2012 at 08:23 PM
Yes to ¼ cent for Measure A to preserve Marin’s parks and open spaces. Yes to Toni Shroyer’s bid for supervisor and to the deletion of the indiscriminate use of a $ 400,000 stockpile reserve without public representation.
Al Dugan October 28, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Eleanor, I certainly respect your Yes on A. Quite frankly if all was right with the Marin Supervisors I would gladly vote yes. The supervisors are gaming us and I don't trust how these extra funds will be used by the crowd in power. I am also a numbers guy and have a problem voting for a rescue problem after $54 million was found, that is scary all in itself, that was for parks and open spaces and the supervisors still put up this measure A. I fear we will need more taxes in the future just to maintain and this is just piling on. The future will require careful allocation of every 1/4 cent. We are lock step on the rest....
Bob Silvestri October 28, 2012 at 03:24 AM
Spot on, Al.
Jennie Garthe October 28, 2012 at 05:01 AM
The IJ on Monday wrote a second editorial about their disapproval of "slush funds". It's not the Supes money, but they throw it around as if it is. The Civil Grand Jury did a couple of reports about it too. The IJ and the Civil Grand Jury are in agreement on this issue.
Eleanor Sluis October 28, 2012 at 06:53 AM
¼-cent tax from passing Measure A is for Marin County only for preservation of our city and county parks, watersheds, wetlands, firebreaks, and farmlands. The 54 million dollars found was in Sacramento not Marin County and only part of that money is to keep State Parks open. Measure A money will not go to Sacramento but remain in Marin. Special Commissions will make sure that Marin’s funds are adequately appropriated for Measure A. Anyone knows that it is more expensive later if property maintenance is not taken care of- Measure A will help maintain Marin’s legacy of preserving natural scenery of oaks, pine, hills and dales, hawks and owls, deer and coyotes in the recreational open spaces we now have. Furthermore, learning about natural sciences is important to our schools from pre-school to graduate trainings and the significance of the natural environment. Many park programs educate scholars. Isn’t that why many of us live in these surroundings? To enjoy and learn while working, volunteering or raising our families. Measure A provides us an equal opportunity to enjoy this great county. http://www.sfgate.com/science/article/State-parks-fund-stash-eyed-for-closures-3729479.php
Tina McMillan October 28, 2012 at 05:00 PM
Eleanor Measure A does not preserve what we have. It is money that will be used to buy more land that they can not manage because they do not have the staff and so you can expect yet another measure and another and another. Sonoma county took a comparable measure off their ballot when the mishandling of public moneys by the CA state Parks Office made news. When needed, individuals in Marin have created their own save the parks groups like Friends of China Camp. None of Measure A is suppose to go to state parks and yet the Marin Parks Chief said in an earlier press release they would simply move the money around and use the existing budget for state parks and the new money for existing services. This measure is not just bad on its face it is a REGRESSIVE TAX in that it hurts the poor more than any other group. Our sales tax will balloon to 9-10% by the time all the feel good measures are voted on. We also have to decide on Prop 30 which according to claims by NUSD chief fiscal officer is the difference between keeping and closing schools. I think it is unconscionable that people will vote to let the county buy property like landed gentry while county services and support for the poor, the elderly and the disabled are slashed to the bone. Let MALT and other non profit groups fund raise and allow private citizens to donate money to this worthy cause but do not let yourself believe that we can afford measure A at this time.
Dave Robertson October 28, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Tina, Increased sales taxes are not only regressive, but they are also simply a waste. Why does California need so much revenue to operate? We already have some of the highest income taxes in the country, but California (i.e - prop 30 and 38) wants more. We have one of the highest sales taxes in the country - and everyone and his mother is trying to add to it for their "feel good" project. I guess it boils down to the following question that is to determine our direction locally, state-wide, and nationwide in the years to come: Why does California need so much money? Maryland doesn't need that much, nor does Massachusetts or Virginia. I have paid taxes in both of those states recently. Yet their schools are rated higher and they have all of the same day-to-day expenses that we do. It is always something in California. What I never see is serious budget cutting and cost-saving. Clearly we must pay all workers far more compensation than other states (which are reducing them - unlike California) - or we must have a lot more of them per taxpayer. Something is really wrong here. All I see are other states cutting back and renegotiating contracts, etc. - and California keeps on doing nothing but ask for more money.
Tina McMillan October 28, 2012 at 08:53 PM
I can't argue with anything you are saying but I know in my heart that my worries about draconian education cuts are valid. It should not be possible for Sacramento to hold Education hostage and then fund a proposition whose revenues still go to the general fund. Where are our legislators at this time of need? What will they do to protect funding to education? Do you know that Novato only receives a third to a quarter of the funding that southern Marin districts have for education? So for example, if our current ADA is $5300 per student, per day then southern Marin districts are collecting taxes that become $15,000 to $20,000 per student per day. Our system of taxation is broken. I agree we need to take a look at the model that was created by Providence RI when they negotiated contracts with unions to prevent the city from going bankrupt. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-30/providence-eying-bankruptcy-cuts-pensions-in-rhode-island.html If only we had legislators intent on achieving the same goals. This is why I will not be voting for Mike Allen for state assembly. Marc Levine is the only democrat running that does not have ties to special interests that include some unions intent on bankrupting the state.
Tina McMillan October 28, 2012 at 09:41 PM
A spite vote, always a good tactic in an election year. Happy trails...
Ventress Dugan October 29, 2012 at 06:40 PM
Mr. Henry, your lose.

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