Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Library and Parks Investment Act?
The Libraries and Park Investment Act of 2024 was developed by a diverse, non-partisan group of San Diego residents who believe that safe, quality, public spaces are essential to the health, safety, and overall quality of life of our community. The citizen-led measure will provide a guaranteed, local funding source for our parks and libraries through a modest parcel fee that is capped at one-acre. It will raise an estimated $45 million per year.
Who is the Measure Sponsored by?
The measure is sponsored by the San Diego Parks Foundation and the San Diego Public Library Foundation. Both organizations have sponsored the creation of a ballot committee named Libraries and Parks For All.
How much money is anticipated to be raised?
Our projections show that the measure will raise between $40 million – $45 million annually.
How will the funding be spent?
The Library and Park Investment Act includes strong provisions for fiscal accountability and citizen oversight. This oversight will ensure the funding raised through the measure will only be spent on the intended purposes and stays local. Funds cannot be taken by the state or spent on other things. The funding is restricted to be spent on library and park projects and priorities outlined in the Parks Master Plan and Library Master Plan. The Library Commission and Parks and Recreation Committee will meet annually to consider project priorities at a public hearing and with community input and provide recommendations to the City Council. An oversight committee will meet quarterly to monitor program expenditures, and the City Auditor will perform an annual audit of the program.
Where can I find more information?
Text of the Libraries and Parks Improvement Act is HERE.
Libraries and Parks Improvement Act statement of reasons is HERE.
The Notice of Intent to Circulate Initiative Petition is HERE.
Official top funders are HERE.
- How much would I expect to pay is HERE.
Will this increase library and park spending or just replace it?
The measure has a strict maintenance of effort provision that will ensure the library and parks department budgets are increased and not supplanted. Funds strictly prohibited from being diverted to other departments.
Is there a sunset provision?
The parcel tax would expire in 30 years.