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Everyone agrees LA County needs more parks, but we’re divided on who should pay for them




A new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation shows great disparities when it comes to the location of the county’s parks.
A new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation shows great disparities when it comes to the location of the county’s parks.
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A new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation shows great disparities when it comes to the location of the county’s parks.

The LA County Board of Supervisors is meeting today to consider asking voters to approve a parcel tax to pay for parks. If the Supervisors approve, we'll see it on the November ballot, The measure requires two-thirds approval.

Supervisors are also looking at whether the tax should be three-cents per square foot of a house or five-cents. The smaller tax would be about $45 a year for a 15-hundred square foot house and raise $191 million annually. The larger one would cost $75 a year for that home and bring in $309 million a year. But how will projects be prioritized? And is this the best way to fund the parks?

Guest:

Zev Yaroslavsky, former Los Angeles County Supervisor, and is now affiliated with the UCLA’s history department, and the Luskin School of Public Affairs; he tweets from @ZevYaroslavsky

Jack Humphreville, a columnist with the CityWatch blog; he tweets from @Jack90020