Fresno Chaffee Zoo board OKs $75,000 for Measure Z renewal vote

The Fresno BeeJune 16, 2014 

Shaunzi the Asian elephant meanders towards the water in her Chaffee Zoo exhibit on Thursday, May 8, 2014 in Fresno. The zoo's board of directors has voted to pay to put Measure Z on the November ballot for renewal to pay for additional exhibits.

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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.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6679 or bvaccari@fresnobee.com.

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