Measure A

Measure A protects the parks, open spaces, and agricultural lands that make Marin an extraordinary place to live, work, and play.

Measure A's quarter-cent sales tax supports parks, open space, and sustainable agriculture across Marin. Measure A funds can't be used for any other purpose.

In June 2022, nearly 75% of County voters approved re-implementation of Parks Measure A for the next nine years. Funds raised by this quarter-cent County sales tax will be spent on parks and open space, sustainable agriculture, recreation in Marin's nineteen cities and towns, and land acquisition. 

Measure A FAQ

What is Parks Measure A?

In June 2022, 74.73% of Marin voters approved re-implementation of a nine-year, one-quarter of one percent sales tax that will support parks, open space, and sustainable agriculture. Funds raised by Parks Measure A will be spent on parks and open space, agricultural stewardship, land acquisition, and recreation in Marin’s nineteen cities, towns, and spacial districts. 

In 2012, 74% of Marin voters first approved the quarter-cent sales tax .The 2012 Measure A also had a 9-year term, which ended on March 31, 2022.

How much land does Marin County Parks currently manage?

Marin County Parks currently manages 17,900 acres in 34 Open Space District preserves. In addition, the department operates 4 regional parks and 39 additional neighborhood parks, facilities, and pathways.

What type of work is supported by Measure A?

Measure A substantially funds:

  • Park maintenance and improvements
  • Open space and parks vegetation management and fire fuel reduction
  • Open space road and trail management
  • Public programs and events in parks and open space
  • Wetlands management, including sea-level rise adaptation
  • Science and research for natural resources and biodiversity protection
  • Grants to Marin cities, towns, and special districts to support local parks and recreation
  • Equity-focused initiatives such as community grants, entry fee reductions, and library park pass
  • Marin Resource Conservation District (RCD) implementation of conservation projects on working lands
  • Agricultural sustainability, including matching grants for permanent conservation easements

What did the first nine years of Measure A accomplish?

Since 2012, Measure A has allowed Parks to address long-deferred maintenance, make significant parks and open space improvements that enhance recreation while preserving natural resources, increase the number of rangers and field staff, and better address challenges associated with climate change, including wildfire risk and sea-level rise. Information about the wide range of projects funded by Measure A is available on the Projects & Plans section of this website. Highlights include:

  • Repaving the parking lot and entrance road at McNears Beach park for the first time since the 1970s
  • Evolving shorelines sea level rise adaption studies at Bothin Marsh preserve and the Mill Valley/Sausalito pathway
  • Over 775 entry and wayfinding signs installed in 34 open space preserves
  • The immensely popular new Ponti Ridge Trail, the largest such project in the department’s history
  • Long sought acquisitions of Sky Ranch in Ross Valley, Buck’s Landing in San Rafael, and Bowman Canyon Ranch in Novato
  • Terra Linda/Sleepy Hollow fire fuel reduction project, recurring since 2017
  • New amenities and recreational features at Stafford Lake Park including a playground, hammock village, and zip line

How do we know Measure A funds are spent on community priorities?

Before approving Measure A for the June 2022 ballot, the Marin County Board of Supervisors received substantial feedback on community priorities for the next 9 years. Marin County Parks engaged in community conversations for more than a year prior to bringing this before the Board, including a community survey, taking public comment at commission meetings, and inviting members of the public to meet one-on-one with the Parks Director.

To ensure annual budgets align with community priorities, Parks will continue the same open community engagement approach over the next nine years. Residents will be able to participate in one-on discussions with staff or attend project workshops and large public forums at the Parks & Open Space Commission and the Board of Supervisors.

How many Parks and Open Space staff positions are funded by Measure A?

In 2021, 27 Full time Parks positions and 54 part-time seasonal workers were funded by Measure A. Parks has a total of 145 employees annually.

Is there oversight for Parks Measure A expenditures?

Yes, the Measure A Community Oversight Committee has seven members, monitors Measure A expenditures, assists with audits, and approves each year’s annual report. The Committee holds two public meetings each year. Measure A expenditures also undergo two compliance audits annually. Measure A annual reports and audit information is available on marincountyparks.org.

Parks management also reports regularly at public meetings of the Parks and Open Space Commission and the Marin Open Space District Board, whose directors are the same as the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

How is Measure A funded?

Parks Measure A is funded by a one-quarter of one percent local sales tax.  

How much revenue does Measure A generate?

It is estimated that the Measure A sales tax will generate about $16 million each year.

Measure A Annual Reports

Measure A revenue and expenditures undergo two annual compliance audits, overseen by the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee