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Obscure Agency Puts Nine-County $12 Parcel Tax On June Ballot

Crab Cove shoreline restoration, after this maintenance yard is moved, is one of two Alameda projects promised by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. (Google Street View)

Crab Cove shoreline restoration, after this maintenance yard is moved, is one of two Alameda projects promised by the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority. (Google Street View)

On Wednesday, the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (SFBRA) unanimously voted to place a special parcel tax on the June 7, 2016 ballot in all nine Bay area counties.

The $12 per year tax would run for twenty years, generating roughly $25 million per year for projects intended to protect and restore San Francisco Bay.

The authority’s website lists two Alameda projects among the dozens promised all around the bay shoreline:

Alameda Point Restoration
Management of endangered least tern colony, restoration of shoreline areas, including wetland, beach and dune, and extension of trail to restored shoreline areas.

Crown Beach – Neptune Point
Restoration of the shoreline area to improve wildlife habitat at the upland edge of the beach, after the maintenance facility is moved away from the shoreline.

According to a statement from the authority today, “projects would be prioritized based on their positive impact on the San Francisco Bay as a whole, with provisions to ensure that projects would be funded in each of the Bay Area’s nine counties. Half of the funds would be allocated geographically among the North Bay, the East Bay, the South Bay, and the West Bay proportional to the size of their populations, and the remainder would be allocated without regard to county.”

Administrative expenses would be limited to no more than 5 percent of the measure’s revenue.

SFBRA Chair, San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, said, “the Clean and Healthy Bay Ballot Measure will reduce pollution of bay waters, expand wildlife habitat, increase bayside recreation opportunities, and protect shoreline communities from flooding. It is a critically important investment in our region’s future.”

State law requires that funds raised by the agency be spent on tidal marsh restoration and associated flood protection and public access projects.

A spokesperson told Action Alameda News today that Santa Clara County will act as a facilitator to get ballot language finalized for all nine counties.

The authority’s governing board is comprised of seven seats, one of which, the South Bay seat, is currently empty; all six sitting board members voted in favor of placing the tax on the ballot.

The East Bay seat is held by John Gioia, a supervisor with the County of Contra Costa.

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