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California Lawmakers Propose $3 Billion Parks Bond For November Ballot

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California voters could have yet another decision to make on an already-packed November ballot.

The state Assembly voted today to add a three billion dollar bond measure for state and local parks.

Democratic Assemblyman Eduardo Garcia said a lack of funding has caused parks to fall into disrepair.

"It’s been close to 14 years since this body has last approved a substantial funding measure designed to improve and expand park and outdoor infrastructure in the state of California," says Garcia. 

In 2012, a state report found almost five billion dollars of unmet needs for parks in California.

The bond measure splits the three billion dollars roughly evenly. One billion would go to upgrade existing parks and another to build new neighborhood parks in underserved communities. The final third would fund land conservation, water and climate change projects.

The measure must next be approved by the state Senate.