Dear Larkspur Neighbors:
Natural disasters have become a fact of everyday life, and Larkspur is working to be better prepared. A key issue for Larkspur is that our 75-100-year-old storm drains are aging and deteriorating rapidly. Many have not been repaired in over 25 years and are starting to create sinkholes. This is especially concerning for major roads in and out of town and our neighborhoods that are prone to flooding and vulnerable to the impacts of long-term sea level rise.
The costs to repair our storm drains is over $20 million, and rising inflation means that costs will continue to increase the longer we wait. At the same time, Larkspur needs to continue to maintain our roads, infrastructure, and keep our neighborhoods and parks safe.
As a result of these issues, on July 20, 2022, the Larkspur City Council voted unanimously to place Measure G, Larkspur’s Disaster Preparedness and Essential Services Measure, on the November 8, 2022 ballot.
Based on community feedback, Measure G prioritizes funds for:
- Disaster/emergency preparedness
- 9-1-1 emergency/medical response
- Clearing hazardous brush
- Repairing/maintaining storm drains to prevent flooding, road damage and spills of contaminated water
- Maintaining streets and parks
Measure G is a ¼-cent sales tax and requires a 50%+1 vote of Larkspur residents and will raise approximately $700,000 a year to fund Disaster Preparedness and Essential Services. Measure G includes Independent Citizens Oversight to ensure that all funds continue to be spent as promised to voters. Measure G also includes independent financial audits and published expenditure reports.
November is also the City’s Municipal Election, including City Council races. For voting information visit marincounty.org/depts/rv or contact the Larkspur City Clerk.