MEASURE F Shall the appropriations limit under California Article XIII-B for County Service Area R-7A (Alamo Parks and Recreation) be increased to $1,650,000 and adjusted for changes in the cost-of-living and population, with the increase effective for the Fiscal Years 2010/2011 through 2013/2014 (inclusive) to provide for the expenditure of funds that will be available to the County Service Area during the stated fiscal years?”
This measure to be decided by Alamo’s mail-in ballots in the next few weeks has gathered discussion among Alamo neighborhoods. Neighbors are considering voting NO to send a message to the county concerning the lack of voice in current and future uses of R-7A funding. With neighbors wanting funds for protection of natural open space, walkways & trails and even municipal wifi, county organizations continue formal parks and recreation programs not used by Alamo residents (reference: CC LAFCO report). Further, neighbors are questioning proposed uses of funds to beautify 680 interchanges that will only invite more commute traffic onto Danville Blvd. A proposed tree lighting project in Alamo’s business district also is seen as “semi-rural hokum” when immediate rejuvenation and renewal is needed to provide a modern business district for Alamo.
Alamo neighbors should consider this appropriations increase carefully and realize that it is not a tax increase. It simply insures that R-7A parcel taxes will remain in Alamo for current and future parks and recreation programming. Further, neighbors should consider separating this appropriation measure from the issues of representation of the majority’s will and interests in operating and planning Alamo parks and recreation programs. Legitimately, there is little interactive discussion, consideration and mitigation available to Alamo residents provided by the county, but protection our R-7A parcel tax fund for Alamo use should be a considered priority by Alamo residents.