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League of California Cities Supports the Water and Parks Bond Slated for June Statewide Ballot

January 16, 2018
The League of California Cities® Board of Directors in December voted to support the California Drought, Water, Parks, Climate, Coastal, and Outdoor Access Act of 2018 that is slated for the June 2018 statewide ballot.
 
The Legislature placed this $4 billion bond on the ballot through the passage of League-supported SB 5 (de León) last September. The League is supporting several ballot measures in 2018 that invest in communities to improve neighborhoods and the quality of life for California city residents.
 
If voters approve the Parks and Water Bond, cities will be eligible for at least $1.69 billion for park improvements, water infrastructure and projects, and climate programs. Every city in the state will benefit from the passage of this bond through a per capita allocation of at least $200,000 for their parks. Also significant is the $750 million grant fund it contains for competitive grants for safe neighborhood parks. Cities will be able to apply for many other grants to fund clean water projects, stormwater upgrades, local parks and coastal and climate resiliency projects.
 
The bond would provide funding in three main areas:
  • Parks ($1.283 billion);
  • Water ($1.19 billion); and
  • Climate and environmental programs ($1.547 billion). 
The Need for a New Parks and Water Bond
 
City parks throughout the state have suffered from a lack of funding. The last true park bond, Proposition 40, passed 15 years ago. Since then, parks have suffered through the Great Recession as cities struggled to shore up shrinking budgets. Many parks departments have not recovered have deferred parks maintenance. Cities will have an opportunity to make improvements in their parks through the per capita allocation and several competitive grant programs in the bond designed to fund safe neighborhood parks, jurisdictions that have passed parks-related revenue measures, infrastructure and urban and open space recreation spaces.
 
Cities will also have access to funding to address water related needs through this bond, which is critical with cycles of drought and flooding that have an impact on water infrastructure, stormwater and more.
 
How to Support the Parks and Water Bond
 
Cities and city officials may consider supporting the Parks and Water Bond on the June 2018 statewide ballot. The League has prepared a toolkit cities can use. Items include: For more information on this measure and others the League has taken a position on, please visit www.cacities.org/2018ballotmeasures.


 
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