If two-thirds of Davis voters approve Measure D on , the Parks Maintenance Tax will be renewed.
The tax costs 49 dollars per year for residential homes and 40 dollars per 1,000 square feet for non-residential parcels, with a maximum of 10,000 square feet.
It was originally passed in 1998 and renewed in 2002 (79% vote) and 2006 (70% vote). If it gets approved this year, it will last another six. Here are the specifics of Measure D, along with some Frequently Asked Questions, courtesy of the City of Davis.
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Shall Ordinance No. 2387 which extends for six years the existing Parks Maintenance Tax of $49 per year of residential units and on non-residential units in amounts specified in the Ordinance, to fund maintenance of parks, street trees, greenbelts, bike paths, medians, public landscaping, urban wildlife and habitat, swimming pools, and recreational facilities, be adopted?
Is this a new tax and how much is it?
No, this is not a new tax. It has appeared on property tax bills since 1998. Measure D would renew the existing Parks Maintenance Tax at the same rate of $49 per residential parcel and $40 per 1,000 sq. ft. for non-residential parcels.
What will happen if the Parks Maintenance Tax is not renewed?
If the Parks Maintenance Tax is not renewed in 2012, the City will need to determine how to reduce services and costs in response to the loss of approximately $1.3 million. Although the $1.3 million is dedicated to assisting with the maintenance of parks, greenbelts, open space, street trees, and pool complexes, reductions could come from any City service or program that is funded by the General Fund, including parks, greenbelts, pools, police, fire, and other recreation and community services and programs. The City Council is currently reviewing budget reduction options should Measure D fail. Such program reductions could be implemented as early as July of 2012.