Codornices Park in North Berkeley. A bond measure is being considered to fund maintenance and improvements for Berkeley parks. Photo: scarlatti2004

At its meeting tomorrow night, the Berkeley City Council will consider again how to raise funds for Berkeley’s parks.

In an Opinionator op-ed published today on Berkeleyside, parks advocate Marc Beyeler argues that the best path for the Council — and for the city and its residents — will be to place a Mello-Roos combined funding measure on the November ballot. A Mello-Roos measure would provide both capital and continued operating funding, but it also demands a two-thirds vote for passage.

Beyeler argues that two secure the two-thirds support the City Council should consider creating a citizen’s oversight committee to ensure the money is spent wisely and efficiently. Further, Beyeler writes that support will be forthcoming from the community if the Council provides a “big vision” for the parks, rather than try to get a small measure through with limited goals.

Read the op-ed in our Opinionator section and join the conversation there by leaving a comment.

Read more about Berkeley’s parks on Berkeleyside.

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