Measure A

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

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

In 2012, voters approved a one-quarter of one percent sales tax (County Ordinance 3586) to support parks, open space, and agricultural lands across Marin. In accordance with this law, funds raised by Parks Measure A have been spent on parks and open space, farmland preservation, recreation in Marin's nineteen cities and towns, and land acquisition.

Since 2013, Measure A funds have supported infrastructure repairs, vegetation management, conservation, and public programs. Measure A has funded the development of park master plans, the Inclusive Access plan, and other initiatives that keep parks and open spaces enjoyable, safe, and sustainable. Learn more about Measure A-funded projects by viewing the Comprehensive 2012 Measure A Projects and Service Enhancements List PDF

2022 Measure A

2012 Measure A sunsets on March 31, 2022. Preparations are underway to place a measure on the June 7, 2022 ballot for re-implementation. That process includes evaluating the Parks, Open Space, and Farmland Transactions and Use Tax Expenditure Plan, to ensure any future expenditures will align with the priorities of Marin County residents.

Ranger posing with kids at McNears Beach

Community Feedback Informs Expenditure Priorities

A survey and outreach initiative took place August 5 through October 15, 2021. Parks checked in with Marin residents and visitors to gauge awareness of facilities, services and projects, identify funding priorities, and discuss community issues and needs. This community feedback informed a proposed revised expenditure plan for the possible re-implentation of Measure A in 2022.

The public is invited to provide feedback on the proposed changes to Measure A expenditures. The online feedback form will be open through December 3, 2021.

Family walking in Hal Brown Park

Re-Implementation Timeline

November 18, 2021:
Informational presentation to Parks and Open Space Commission

December 14, 2021:
Informational presentation to Board of Supervisors

January 20, 2022:
Parks and Open Space Commission considers recommending Measure A Expenditure Plan to the Board of Supervisors

February 2022:
Board conducts first reading, conducts merit hearing, and if approved, signed resolution is sent to elections office

March 2022:
Elections Board must receive resolution by March 11, for start of arguments, examinations, and rebuttals periods

2012 Measure A Finance Archive

Measure A revenue and expenditures undergo two annual compliance audits, overseen by the Measure A Citizens Oversight Committee, to ensure funds are managed in accordance with Marin County Ordinance No. 3586 PDF