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POLL TO SHOW IF CITY PARKS TAX FAVORED PUBLIC OPEN SPACE SOUGHT.



Byline: Susan Abram Staff Writer

SANTA CLARITA Santa Clarita, city (1990 pop. 110,642), Los Angeles co., S Calif., suburb 30 mi (48 km) NW of downtown Los Angeles, on the Santa Clara River; inc. 1987. Situated in the Santa Clara valley and nearby canyons, Santa Clarita includes the former towns of Canyon Country,  - The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to hire a consultant to poll city residents on whether they would support a special tax to fund development of new parks New Parks is an area in the city of Leicester, England. It is in the west of the city, close by the county border (west of which is Glenfield. South of New Parks is the Western Parks area, and to the east is the Newfound Pool area.  and acquisition of open space.

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 recommended a bond issue secured by a special tax because it would give the council flexibility in the spending and collection of funds. But levying the tax would require broad community support, he said.

The poll is estimated to cost $20,000, said O'Sullivan, who works for the firm Kelling, Northcross and Nobriga.

For a city of its size and population, Santa Clarita has a deficit of 550 acres in municipal parks and open space, Parks Director Rick Gould said. Over the past couple of years, the Years, The

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 city Parks, Recreation and Community Services Commission has been trying to increase parkland and related amenities within city limits, he said.

Councilman Frank Ferry strongly favored initiating the poll.

``I am of the opinion we have property out there not developed,'' he said. ``At the minimum, the council should see what the poll said.''

The commission in May unanimously endorsed issuing bonds that would be repaid with a yet-to-be-determined special tax on property to fund the purchase, development and operation of park facilities throughout Santa Clarita.

In city surveys, respondents considered the dwindling dwin·dle  
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To become gradually less until little remains.

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 amount of pristine land as a major threat to the quality of life in the Santa Clarita Valley The Santa Clarita Valley is the valley of the Santa Clara River in Southern California. It stretches through Los Angeles County and Ventura County. Its main population center is the city of Santa Clarita. The valley was part of the 48,612-acre (19,672. .

``Our existing parks are getting crowded,'' said Commission Chairwoman Karin Nelson. ``With our population growing, as soon as we open a new park, it becomes well-utilized.''

Susan Abram, (661) 257-5257

susan.abram(at)dailynews.com
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