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Kern County, CA November 3, 1998 General
Measure G
Public Recreation
Rosamond Community Services District

1,419 / 57.6% Yes votes ...... 1,043 / 42.4% No votes

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Shall Rosamond Community Services District exercise the powers granted to it under the Community Services District Law for the purpose of public recreation?
Impartial Analysis from County Counsel
A "yes" vote by a majority of voters voting on this measure will authorize the Board of Directors of the Rosamond Community Services District ("District") to exercise its powers for the purpose of public recreation.

A community services district can exercise only those powers authorized by the State Legislature and approved by a majority vote of the District's residents. State law permits a community services district to exercise its powers for the purpose of public recreation and the District wishes to add the authority to provide public recreation to its existing powers. If a majority of the voters voting on this measure vote "yes", the District will be authorized to exercise its powers for public recreation. Measure H on this ballot is a separate measure that requests voter approval of a special tax to finance the public recreational facilities or services provided by the District.

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Arguments For Measure G
Since 1958, only two parks have been built while our population has increased from 1,500 to 15,000. In 1968 Rosamond had four little league teams using one field. Today, Rosamond supports 21 little league baseball teams on that same one field. With 23 youth soccer teams as well as youth football and adult softball teams we need more fields to play on. We also have many other needs such as after school programs, walking trails, tot, adult and senior programs.

Although State law requires a percentage of each development be dedicated for parks, the County has not always enforced this law. In 1994, the County and a developer jointly broke their five-year old promise to build a park on the east side of Rosamond. The County will not be putting a park in Rosamond in the foreseeable future as the county has several other communities as higher priority. With our increased population, we need more parks to provide recreational activities. Should we continue to rely on the County or should we accept responsibility for ourselves?

There exists in Rosamond a government body which includes local elected officials who are responsive to the needs of the residents of Rosamond. This governmental body is known as the Rosamond Community Services District (RCSD). Measure G gives RCSD the ability to hold developers responsible and meet the needs of a growing community. Once given the power RCSD will hold community forums to get input from the public on how to develop YOUR parks.

The time has come to accept responsibility for our own direction. Measure G both needs and deserves your support. Vote YES ON Measure G.

Recommends approval of Measure G.

s/Gary Sperling, President, Rosamond Community Services District

(No arguments against Measure G were submitted)

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