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Where the Money Goes: A Breakdown of Measure A

Zoom Webinar
April 12, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Measure A – the county-wide ¼¢ sales tax approved by the voters of Marin in 2012 – is dedicated to maintaining local parks, open space, and farmland. The measure sunsets on March 31 of this year. Based on community input and the continuing need, the Supervisors voted to place a renewal measure with a revised funding allotment on the June ballot.

Since 2013, Measure A funds have supported infrastructure repairs, vegetation management, conservation, and public programs. Our April program will feature three local officials with direct involvement in the use of these funds. They will discuss how Measure A funds will be used and new spending priorities. As always, audience questions and participation will follow the formal program.



Max Korten has been the Director and General Manager of Marin County Parks since May of 2016. Marin County Parks is comprised of 34 open space preserves, four regional parks and more than 40 other parks facilities across 18,000 acres. Korten joined the County in 2014 as a Parks and Open Space Superintendent. Prior thereto, he was Director of the Natural Resources Program and Contracting at Conservation Corps North Bay. Korten earned an environmental studies degree from UC Santa Cruz and a master’s in natural resource science from Humboldt State University.


David Lewis is Director of the University of California Cooperative Extension in Marin County. In this role, he brings research and science-based information to bear on local community needs and issues. He is also Watershed Management Advisor in the North Bay where he develops and implements projects that integrate resource conservation with agricultural land use management. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa from 1990 to 1992. A graduate of Carleton College, he holds a Master’s of Science degree in International Agricultural Development from UC Davis.


Ruben Martin has been a firefighter in Marin for the past 20 years working with Marin County Fire, Ross Valley Fire, Larkspur Fire, and is now Chief of the Central Marin Fire Department. Throughout his career he has held the position of Firefighter Paramedic, Engineer Paramedic, Captain, Fire Inspector, Fire Marshal, and Fire Chief. Chief Martin is currently the President of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Association, and is the chair of the Advisory/Technical Committee (ATC) of the Marin Wildfire Prevention Authority (MWPA).

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