Renewing Our Investment in Nature

To continue protecting and providing access to open space in our community, the Open Space Authority Board of Directors has voted unanimously to place on the November 2020 ballot a renewal of the Measure Q annual parcel tax with no increase. This tax would continue until ended by voters. The parcel tax currently generates approximately $7,883,760 per year. All funds are spent in the cities of San Jose, Milpitas, Santa Clara, Campbell, Morgan Hill, and the unincorporated portions of Santa Clara County. 

What will the new Measure allow the authority to continue to accomplish?

The Authority will continue its work to: 
  • Preserve our region’s natural heritage by protecting scenic hillsides, open spaces, wildlife, redwood forests, and farmland 
  • Increase public access to open space and help maintain Authority preserves and trails and expand trail connections among local and regional parks 
  • Protect our water supplies and reduce pollution and toxins by preserving land around creeks, rivers, and streams 
  • Provide easy access to open space through urban open spaces and environmental education programs 

Measure Q Five Year Impact Report to the Community

  • Nearly doubled the amount of protected acreage to over 26,000
  • Provides free access to over 20 miles of trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding 365 days a year
  • Protected almost 1,000 acres in North Coyote Valley to protect wildlife connectivity, water quality, and reduce the risk of flooding to downstream communities
  • Completed the Santa Clara Valley Agricultural Plan to prevent development of agricultural lands
  • Funded over 30 projects and programs with $2.8 M of Measure Q investments
Learn More About Measure Q's Impact

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Citizen Oversight

Currently, the Measure Q Expenditure Oversight Committee provides independent oversight to review the expenditures authorized by Santa Clara County Open Space Authority Parcel Tax, Measure Q. If the measure passes in November 2020, the Authority's existing Independent Oversight Committee will review the expenditures of all parcel tax revenues collected under this Measure.

About the Open Space Authority

The Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority conserves the natural environment, supports agriculture, and connects people to nature, by protecting open spaces, natural areas, and working farms and ranches for future generations.

Learn more about the Authority here.