Measure R, a parks and recreation tax increase in Crockett and Port Costa, narrowly won Tuesday, garnering just over 68 percent of the vote; it needed two-thirds to pass.

With all three precincts reporting, the vote was 497 votes, or 68.1 percent, for Measure R and 233 votes, or 31.9 percent, against.

Measure R raises the tax residents pay for parks and recreation maintenance and operations to $110 a year from the current $50.

The two communities, which form the Crockett Community Services District, have 1,234 residential parcels subject to the tax, according to a count earlier this year. A $110 parcel tax is expected to raise about $136,000 a year. Facilities include a pool, park, tennis courts, bocce courts and a community center.

The parks and recreation operations and maintenance budget is about $400,000 a year. More than half of that comes from rentals, fees and donations. Smaller amounts come from local property taxes and the Crockett cogeneration plant.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760.



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