Questions Swirl Around Zoo Tax Measure

Forgot to post this in October. No longer timely (the measure lost), but still is/was an interesting local issue. I also wrote about the Oakland Zoo's controversial expansion plans here. So, for posterity's sake ....

Oakland Zoo officials contend that Measure A1, a countywide parcel tax on the November ballot, will fund "animal care needs, including food, heating, and cooling." And their ballot argument is sure to pull at the heartstrings of East Bay animal lovers. But opponents of the measure say that the official language of the measure could allow the zoo to spend at least part of the proceeds from the $114 million parcel tax on a controversial expansion in the Oakland hills. And the debate over exactly how the zoo will use the proposed $12 tax on residential parcels and $72 on commercial properties may decide the fate of Measure A1.

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