Measure F: Parks Tax
Measure F provides funding to maintain public parks in Berkeley.
About Measure F
Starting in FY 2015, Measure F provided an additional 17% of annual funding to the Parks Tax, a parcel tax that pays for park maintenance. Berkeley voters passed Measure F in November 2014 with 75% approval. The original ballot question read:
Shall the parks special tax be amended to sustain community parks like the Rose Garden, children’s playgrounds, tennis, basketball courts, and ball fields, by increasing the per square foot tax rate from $0.1256 to $0.1466 and adding an inflation factor?
The Measure F increase to the Parks Tax helps ensure that staffing and funding are in place to keep Berkeley’s public parks safe, clean, and enjoyable for all. Through the Parks Tax, the City generates over $1 million annually to pay for park maintenance.
With this funding, staff have been able to do a variety of maintenance projects such as replacing failed retaining walls, play equipment, and parks elements including benches, garbage cans, and picnic tables. Over 60 capital projects in the City’s parks have been completed since the onset of this increase, many of which could not be possible without these funds.
View a memo listing recent projects from the Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Department. Projects funded by the Parks Tax (Measure F) are marked with “PT.”
Management and oversight
The PRW Department manages the park projects funded by the Parks Tax (Measure F). The Parks, Recreation, and Waterfront Commission and City Council review and approve projects assigned to this fund.