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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 problems.

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 Region.

For additional information, contact Waste at (916) 278-4944. Media assistance is available by calling the public affairs office at (916) 287-6156.


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