Our Starved Parks
Badly needed is a dedicated funding source that can't be raided to help cover state-mandated expenses and rising costs of other County programs. Two remedies are being discussed:
A half-percent sales tax assessment, like the one for the Miller Park stadium, and
A separate self-funding parks district.
County voters in the 2008 election gave a rousing YES to a penny boost in the current sales tax to provide more funding for County parks and recreation, the transit system, emergency services and property tax relief. As the referendum was advisory, the measure requires positive action by the State Legislature, the Governor and the County Board (which supported the referendum).
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