Wildomar Parcel Tax for Parks, Measure Z (November 2012)
Measure Z levied a parcel tax of $28 per parcel per year on parcels in the city. The tax will result in annual new revenues to the city of about $350,000 per year. The city will use this money to operate 15 acres of park space.
In June 2011, voters in the city rejected Measure D, a similar measure. Measure D was placed on the ballot after a state court struck down a $28 parcel tax that the city's voters had approved in 2006; the court said that tax was unconstitutional.
Wildomar closed its two smallest parks after the June 2011 defeat of Measure D. A non-profit (Friends of Wildomar Parks) took over operation of the Marna O'Brien park; that's the only park in the city with sports fields. The non-profit, however, is struggling to raise enough money to allow for adequate upkeep of the park.
A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for passage.
- Final certified results from the Riverside County elections office.
- Ray Addington, a member of the group "Friends for Wildomar Parks", said, "Kids in our neighborhood still don't have a decent place to play...They're forced to play in the streets or stay at home."
- Resident James Bush said, "Let's work on our yard."
- Sample ballot with Measure Z text
- Website of the City of Wildomar
- Website of "Friends for Wildomar Parks"
- The "Yes on Z" website