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Petaluma parks tax measure qualifies for November ballot

A proposed parcel tax to fund Petaluma parks and athletic field refurbishments has qualified for the November ballot.

Sonoma County elections workers notified Petaluma officials this week that more than the 3,100 required signatures have been certified as valid, Deputy City Clerk Allison Mattioli said.

The next step will be for the Petaluma City Council to formally place the initiative on the November ballot, which likely will happen at the July 16 meeting.

The initiative, sponsored by Petaluma Friends of Recreation, will ask voters to approve a $52 annual parcel tax for 15 years on single-family residences and more for other types of parcels. An exemption for senior citizens will be available.

The group says $12 million will be generated over the life of the tax. Proceeds would be earmarked for several specific parks projects throughout town and leveraged with bond proceeds that would pay for longer term maintenance.

An appointed committee would oversee the spending.


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