Greenbrae considers doubling median parcel tax – California News

Greenbrae considers doubling median parcel tax – California News

Greenbrae residents are being asked whether an annual parcel tax should double to $300 to improve and maintain landscaped medians.

Measure A affects more than 2,300 residents north of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard who are part of County Service Area No. 16. Ballots for the special vote-by-mail election are due May 2.

“The short end of it is without additional funds, due to increased maintenance and improvement costs over time, and a static revenue since 1993, we can’t make the needed capital improvements that we ballparked will cost in excess of $1.25 million,” said Jack Valinoti, president of the Greenbrae Property Owners Association, the driving force behind the measure along with CSA No. 16.

Two-thirds support is needed for the tax to increase from $150 to $300 per developed parcel in the next fiscal year. The tax was last increased in 1993, when it jumped from $75 to $150 per parcel.

CSA No. 16, which advises parks and open space staff and the Marin County Board of Supervisors, reported $271,000 in revenue in the 2015-16 fiscal year. Of that, $180,000 was from the parcel tax.

If Measure A passes, revenue is expected to increase to $450,000 annually, said Greg Shaughnessy, vice chairman of the CSA No. 16 advisory board.

Shaughnessy said $225,000 is spent yearly on rising maintenance costs, leaving only $45,000 for capital improvement projects.

“When looking at costs of improvements, some are in the $100,000 to $200,000 range. We would have to postpone improvements for years to do improvements,” Valinoti said.

The tax would help fund improvements to medians on Via…

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