Why Santa Clara County shouldn’t reduce the benefits of the Parks Charter Fund

(Below is a display we used in a so-far-unsuccessful effort to get the County Roads Department to keep its hands off of the Parks Charter fund. -Brian)

Reasons why the Roads Fund, not the Parks Charter Fund, should pay for roads impacts

1. Parks Fund meant to be a net benefit, but used as a mitigation means the environment is no better off

2. Better management principle is to reduce cross-subsidies, in this case using Parks funding to subsidize road development.

3. Using Parks funding may interfere with the future selection of parkland in order to maximize mitigation of roads impacts.


Parks Dept. pays for park impacts

Roads Dept. pays for road impacts

Parks can purchase recreational use on lands bought by Roads Dept.

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