December 18, 2001
CSUS study shows support for
regionalism among elected officials
A survey of Sacramento-region elected
officials finds that 93 percent support endorsing a "regional
compact" among local governments, and nearly two-thirds
support using fees on new development to fund open space acquisition.
Robert Waste, a public policy and administration professor
at California State University, Sacramento, conducted the
survey of officials in the six-county capital region. The
survey of elected officials in El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento,
Sutter, Yolo and Yuba counties is part of the CSUS Regional
Development Initiative. It shows strong support among elected
officials for efforts to address region-wide challenges and
Slightly more than half - 52 percent - support sharing sales
taxes among all the jurisdictions within the six-county region.
Finally, 90 percent of elected officials in Sacramento County
expressed a willingness to explore the creation of a Sacramento
Regional Open Space District to purchase open space and parks
within Sacramento County. Funded at a maximum of $1 per household
per year, the Open Space District would be required by law
to spend 75 percent of its funds on annual capital outlays,
and no more than 25 percent on maintenance and operations.
Not all proposals for joint regional action met with favor
from capital region elected officials. A proposal to set aside
10 percent of future increases in local sales taxes to fund
open space acquisition was opposed by 59 percent of local
elected officials. A second proposal exploring support for
construction of a new basketball arena to replace Arco Arena,
home of the Sacramento Kings, found support among only 40
percent of the elected officials in the region.
The survey, conducted in fall 2001, involved responses from
30 elected officials in the region, including about one-third
of elected officials in Sacramento County, and over 20 percent
of elected officials from throughout the six-county Capital
For additional information, contact Waste at (916) 278-4944.
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