Assembly Bill 18 places a bond before voters in June 2018 to support local, regional, and state parks. Major categories in the bond include:
Decreases in annual operating funding has resulted in a deferred maintenance backlog that exceeds $1 billion. Critical funds are sorely needed to help increase park access for all Californians and to protect the natural, cultural and historical resources in our state parks. Having quality programming, access to safe areas for play and exploration, preservation of protected lands, and the ability to find places of respite is consistent with Californians’ desire to access the outdoors and use parks as part of their daily lives.
CSPF supports both park bond bills, Assembly Bill 18 (Garcia) and support in concept Senate Bill 5 (de León). CSPF supports the $330 million state parks funding level in AB 18 and that the final funding level for state parks in SB 5 or any negotiated agreement between AB 18 & SB 5 include $330 million for state parks.