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July 23, 2013 > Measure A task force named

Measure A task force named

Submitted By Supervisor Richard Valle

Last month the Board of Supervisors established a Blue-Ribbon Task Force to advise the Board about options for obtaining voter approval for the renewal of Measure A. Measure A is one-half of one percent (0.5%) transactions and use tax for Essential Health Care Services and was approved by 71% of County voters in March 2004 and will sunset in June 2019.

The funds collected support emergency medical, hospital inpatient/outpatient, public health and mental health care services to indigent, low-income and uninsured adults, children, families and seniors of Alameda County. In District 2, these funds support St. Rose Hospital, The Silva Pediatric Clinic, and Tri-City Health Center among other services and providers.

This ad-hoc Blue Ribbon Task Force will be composed of 32 members including five from each Supervisorial District and seven designated seats. This Task Force will be advisory to the Board of Supervisors and remain operational until the Board decides to place a measure to renew the existing Measure A sales tax on the ballot. All meetings will be open and subject to the Brown Act. The potential target dates for placing the matter before the voters include the June 2014 Primary Election and the November 2014 General Election.

I am happy to announce the five appointees from District 2 that have been selected to this Task Force are Patricia Danielson, Gail Steele, Charles Plummer, Pamela Russo, and Michael Mahoney. I believe they will be a great asset to ensuring that Measure A is reauthorized and that equitable shares of services are funded in District 2.

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