Measure AA is a $300 million general obligation bond approved in June 2014 by over two-thirds of Midpen voters. Proceeds from bonds, which will be sold in a series over approximately the next 20-30 years, will be used to:
- protect natural open space lands
- open preserves or areas of preserves that are currently closed
- construct public access improvements such as new trails and staging areas
- restore and enhance open space land, which includes forests, streams, watersheds, and coastal ranch areas.
During this transition year 2014-15, Midpen is focused on preparing for the first bond issue and implementing Measure AA projects that were approved by the board of directors at its public meeting in October 2014.
We’ll be highlighting our Measure AA funded projects throughout the year with signage, special events, and information though our newsletters, email, website, and social media. We encourage the public to stay involved in and aware of our project accomplishments by signing up for email notifications, attending our board meetings, and making comments. We look forward to this wonderful opportunity to expand our beautiful open spaces with outdoor recreation opportunities for all.
As promised, Measure AA funds will ONLY be used for the 25 key project portfolios listed below. During the Vision Plan process these were called priority actions. They have been renamed portfolios, because each one contains multiple projects that will be prioritized separately. Download the Top 25 Future Open Space Project Portfolios.
Midpen is already working on a number of Measure AA projects as part of the Fiscal Year 2014-15. These capital projects include: public access to Mt. Umunhum at Sierra Azul and new trail connections, such as Ancient Oaks Trail in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve and the Bay Trail gap between East Palo Alto and Menlo Park.
Members of the public are invited to submit comments with their views on project priorities.
Measure AA requires the formation of an independent oversight committee. The Citizen Oversight Committee will consist of seven at-large members who reside within the District. The Citizen Oversight Committee is expected to meet at least once a year to review annual Measure AA expenditures and review the District’s Annual Audit and Accountability report. Each year, the Committee’s findings will be presented to the Board at a public meeting. We encourage members of the public who are interested in learning more about the oversight committee to join the notification mailing list for the formation of this committee.
Ballot Language, as approved by the voters
To improve access to hiking and biking opportunities, protect and preserve redwood forests, natural open spaces, the scenic beauty of our region and coastline, critical wildlife habitat, restore creeks to protect water quality, and reduce forest fire risk; shall Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District be authorized to issue up to $300 million in bonds, at a tax rate not to exceed $3.18 per $100,000 of assessed value of property owned, with expenditures verified by an independent citizen oversight committee?