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Isla Vista voters approve new tax through Measure O

$28 per bedroom tax will benefit I.V. parks

ISLA VISTA, Calif. - Major improvements are coming to the community of Isla Vista, thanks to voter-approved Measure O.

"There was a lot to celebrate last night in Isla Vista!" said Ethan Bertrand, President of Isla Vista Community Services District.

Bertrand helped write the measure that will cost taxpayers $28 per bedroom. He said they may not notice since it begins when a bond measure ends.

A final count of the mail-in ballots Wednesday night showed Measure O passing with 79% of voter approval, establishing a $2.5 million dollar investment in park improvements over the next 10 years.

Many people may not realize, the college town is home to 20 parks.

"I'm proud to have been a co-author of the ballot argument," Bertrand said. "But even more proud to recognize my friend who brought together a diverse coalition of Isla Vista leaders to make this happen."

The funds will help pay for a new dog park, a new skateboard park and a reclaimed water system.

Bertrand credited Pegeen Soutar, Board Chair of the Isla Vista Recreation and Park District, who worked for nearly two years to help make the funding a reality.

Supporter say these funds will improve the quality of life in Isla Vista.

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