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{{tnr}}An '''Oakland Zoo parcel tax''' ballot question is on the {{nov06ca2012}} for voters in {{alameda}}.<ref name=tax>[http://www.ebcitizen.com/2012/07/bos-roundup-special-tax-for-oakland-zoo.html ''East Bay Citizen'', "Special Tax for Oakland Zoo Heading to Ballot", July 24, 2012]</ref>
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{{tnr}}An '''Oakland Zoo parcel tax, Measure A1''' ballot question is on the {{nov06ca2012}} for voters in {{alameda}}.<ref name=tax>[http://www.ebcitizen.com/2012/07/bos-roundup-special-tax-for-oakland-zoo.html ''East Bay Citizen'', "Special Tax for Oakland Zoo Heading to Ballot", July 24, 2012]</ref>
  
 
If the measure is approved, a parcel tax of $12 per parcel per year will be levied. This will result in new tax revenues of about $4.5 million a year.<ref name=tax/>
 
If the measure is approved, a parcel tax of $12 per parcel per year will be levied. This will result in new tax revenues of about $4.5 million a year.<ref name=tax/>
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Ruth Malone, a resident of Oakland, says, "To even ask for more at a time when cities and counties are struggling to provide basic services, when schools and libraries are struggling to manage with limited funds, roads and streets are deteriorating, people all over the county are hurting and Oakland’s police radios reportedly don’t even work half the time when they are trying to stop crimes, just shows the complete arrogance of zoo executives. They think we should all add more to the public trough so they can build  their bay view offices, gift shop, restaurant and visitor center. The zoo has great programs and some great people working for it. But zoo executives seem completely out of touch. This plan is so wrong in SO many ways."<ref>[http://www.saveknowland.org/2012/07/27/public-cost-for-grandiose-zoo-expansion-rising-now-alameda-supervisors-want-to-add-to-your-parcel-tax/#more-3062 ''Save Knowland'', "Public cost for grandiose Zoo expansion rising – Now Alameda Supervisors want to add to your parcel tax", July 27, 2012]</ref>
 
Ruth Malone, a resident of Oakland, says, "To even ask for more at a time when cities and counties are struggling to provide basic services, when schools and libraries are struggling to manage with limited funds, roads and streets are deteriorating, people all over the county are hurting and Oakland’s police radios reportedly don’t even work half the time when they are trying to stop crimes, just shows the complete arrogance of zoo executives. They think we should all add more to the public trough so they can build  their bay view offices, gift shop, restaurant and visitor center. The zoo has great programs and some great people working for it. But zoo executives seem completely out of touch. This plan is so wrong in SO many ways."<ref>[http://www.saveknowland.org/2012/07/27/public-cost-for-grandiose-zoo-expansion-rising-now-alameda-supervisors-want-to-add-to-your-parcel-tax/#more-3062 ''Save Knowland'', "Public cost for grandiose Zoo expansion rising – Now Alameda Supervisors want to add to your parcel tax", July 27, 2012]</ref>
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  text = '''MEASURE A1:''' "To maintain/upgrade humane animal care and basic needs (food, medical, heating, cooling, safe enclosures); retain veterinarians/animal specialists; care for wounded/endangered animals; support wildlife conservation; maintain children's educational, nature/science programs, field trips; and keep entrance fees affordable; shall Alameda County levy a tax of $12/parcel annually for residential parcels and comparable commercial/industrial rates, with low-income senior exemptions, mandatory audits, and citizens' oversight?"
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Revision as of 04:04, 13 September 2012

An Oakland Zoo parcel tax, Measure A1 ballot question is on the November 6, 2012, ballot for voters in Alameda County.[1]

If the measure is approved, a parcel tax of $12 per parcel per year will be levied. This will result in new tax revenues of about $4.5 million a year.[1]

A 2/3rds supermajority vote is required for passage.

Opposition

Ruth Malone, a resident of Oakland, says, "To even ask for more at a time when cities and counties are struggling to provide basic services, when schools and libraries are struggling to manage with limited funds, roads and streets are deteriorating, people all over the county are hurting and Oakland’s police radios reportedly don’t even work half the time when they are trying to stop crimes, just shows the complete arrogance of zoo executives. They think we should all add more to the public trough so they can build their bay view offices, gift shop, restaurant and visitor center. The zoo has great programs and some great people working for it. But zoo executives seem completely out of touch. This plan is so wrong in SO many ways."[2]

Ballot text

The question on the ballot:

MEASURE A1: "To maintain/upgrade humane animal care and basic needs (food, medical, heating, cooling, safe enclosures); retain veterinarians/animal specialists; care for wounded/endangered animals; support wildlife conservation; maintain children's educational, nature/science programs, field trips; and keep entrance fees affordable; shall Alameda County levy a tax of $12/parcel annually for residential parcels and comparable commercial/industrial rates, with low-income senior exemptions, mandatory audits, and citizens' oversight?"[3]

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