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Stabilized funding for city parks secured through Prop. B passage

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Voters set aside a decade of steady funding for San Francisco parks at the polls on Tuesday, where Proposition B appears to have passed with 60.35 percent of the votes.

The measure, which required majority voter approval, matched the $64 million the Recreation and Park Department received from the general fund this fiscal year and increased it by $3 million annually over the next decade.

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After the 2026-27 fiscal year, the annual increase is based on a percentage of The City’s revenues.

The additional funding is secured for Rec and Park unless San Francisco experiences a budget deficit of $200 million or more.

Prop. B also extended the voter-created Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund — one of the three sources of funding for the department that comes from property taxes — until 2045-46.

The City Controller’s Office found the ballot measure to have a significant fiscal impact on city government.

The ballot measure was supported by Supervisor Mark Farrell and Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, who noted the department’s funding had stagnated for more than a decade.

Supervisors John Avalos, David Campos, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Eric Mar, Scott Wiener, Norman Yee and Board President London Breed also supported the measure.

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