Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016

The Los Angeles County Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks and Beaches Measure of 2016 (Measure A) supports the protection, enhancement and maintenance of Los Angeles, California’s neighborhood parks, open space, trails, beaches, natural habitat, rivers, streams, and the urban tree canopy - by implementing an annual parcel tax of 1.5 cents per square foot of development. Measure A is expected to generate approximately $94 million per year for local parks, beaches, and open space areas, replacing expiring dedicated funding from Propositions A of 1992 and 1996.

The measure prioritizes parks that reduce the urban heat island effect, especially in “heavily urbanized, tree-poor areas,” through the Safe, Clean Neighborhood Parks, Healthy Communities and Urban Greening Program. Thirteen percent of the fund, on an annual basis, will be allocated to this program for projects in high-need, and very high-need, study areas, as identified in the 2016 Countywide Park Needs Assessment, including the following to mitigate climate impacts:

- greenspace and greenway development; gardens;

- urban canopy development to reduce the heat island effect, especially in heavily urbanized, tree-poor areas of the County;

Under Measure A’s Natural Lands, Open Spaces and Local Beaches, Water Conservation, and Watershed Protection Program - thirteen percent (13%) of the tax revenue will be utilized for multi-benefit park projects that promote, improve, or protect clean local water supplies, habitat improvements, park space, recreation, public access, watershed health, and open space.

The resolution states that of the funds allocated to these programs, "multi-benefit projects should seek to leverage public and private funding from water conservation and supply; water and air quality improvements; flood risk management; climate pollution reduction or adaptation; carbon sequestration; heat-island reduction; habitat protection and biodiversity; public health; and environmental justice benefit programs."

 

Thirteen percent of the fund will be directed to high-need and very high-need study areas, as identified in the 2016 Countywide Park Needs Assessment. This assessment used the following five metrics to identify these high-need areas: 

  1. Acres of parks per 1000 people in the study area
  2. Percentage of population living within a half mile of a park
  3. Park pressure, or how much park land is available per user
  4. Amenities available in each park
  5. Overall park condition

The study recognized that community characteristics including demographic information, health data, and public safety profiles, can affect park needs, but did not include them in the official needs assessment mapping. Instead, this data informed discussions at community meetings in each study area that helped prioritize specific park investments. 

 

Measure A authorizes the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District to levy a special tax annually on improved parcels within the District which encompasses the entire County, including all cities and the unincorporated areas of the County, commencing with fiscal year 2017-18. The Tax will be levied at a rate of 1.5 cents per square foot of structural improvements to property, excluding the square footage of improvements used for parking. For example, the estimated tax for the owner of a 1,500 square foot home will be $22.50 per year, and will be included on the annual property tax bill.

 

 

Publication Date: November 8, 2016

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  • City of Los Angeles, California

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