The Fresno Chaffee Zoo Corp. board of directors voted unanimously Monday to cover the cost to put Measure Z on the November ballot for renewal.
The measure would ask Fresno County voters to continue the one-tenth-of-a-cent sales tax that first went into effect 10 years ago.
The zoo will pay up to $75,000 with non-tax revenue to put the issue on the ballot, said zoo director Scott Barton. Election costs are estimated to be about $45,000.
Fresno County supervisors balked earlier this month when they were asked to foot the bill to put the Measure Z renewal up for a public vote this fall.
The new Measure Z would also be a one-tenth-of-a cent sales tax to pay for additional exhibits that include large animals, such as hippos, and to expand the zoo to 39 acres -- about one-quarter of Roeding Park, its ultimate build-out if the renewal of Measure Z is passed.
The zoo board also passed a resolution stating its intention to continue to comply with transparency policies and provide information to the public. The resolution established a new policy to provide names of contractors, pre-construction fees, general conditions and the construction manager contingency proposal for projects exceeding $4 million.
For the most part, the resolution covered things the zoo already does, Barton said.
The Fresno County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote today on a resolution to officially put the measure on the Nov. 4 ballot.
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