County to look at supporting Prop. 40 |

County to look at supporting Prop. 40

Nevada County’s Board of Supervisors will decide Tuesday whether to throw its support behind Proposition 40, the $2.7 billion Safe Parks, Clean Water, Clean Air Initiative to appear on March’s statewide ballot.

The South Yuba River Citizens League sent a letter to the supervisors urging them to support the measure.

SYRCL Executive Director Janet Cohen wrote that the proposition would provide the following money for area parks and open space: $1.2 million to Nevada County; $220,000 to each of the county’s existing park or recreation districts; and funds to Nevada City, Grass Valley and Truckee.

“At this particular point in history, I think it’d be a really good time to invest in parks,” Cohen said Friday.

She cited a letter in support of Proposition 40 written by state Treasurer Phil Angelides that said interest rates are at historically low levels, so the cost of financing bond measures is lower than at any other time in recent history.

Cohen said a wide range of organizations support the measure, from environmental groups to the California Chamber of Commerce.

Opponents to Proposition 40 include the California Farm Bureau Federation.

“Although it is wrapped in high-sounding prose, Proposition 40 continues excessive land acquisition by government that already owns half the state,” said the federation’s president, Bill Pauli, in a statement.

“And it would give $375 million to private organizations to spend on their favorite projects while allowing them to spend the money on ‘administrative costs,'” Pauli said.

Know and Go

WHAT: Supervisors to consider Proposition 40 endorsement

WHEN: 10:30 a.m. Tuesday

WHERE: Rood Administrative Center, 950 Maidu Ave., Nevada City

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