FRESNO’S CHAFFEE ZOO FUNDING HEADING FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

FRESNO’S CHAFFEE ZOO FUNDING HEADING FOR NOVEMBER BALLOT

Fresno County voters will get to decide if they want to continue funding improvements to Fresno’s Chaffee Zoo.

The Fresno County Board of Supervisors agreed to put the zoo’s funding plan, Measure Z on the November ballot.

Construction on the next big phase of the zoo expansion is well underway. 

The new construction, along with the Sea Lion Cove and other attractions all paid for with Measure Z, the one tenth of a cent sales tax measure approved by voters ten years ago. It brings in $10 million a year.

But before allowing another Measure Z to go before the voters, some supervisors wanted to make sure the zoo was being open about its finances.

Supervisor Judy Case McNairy said it was a matter of public trust, “And when the public is having their money spent they deserve to know what it’s being spent on.”

The zoo corporation and its board of directors agreed to give the supervisors more information about what’s going on.

They also agreed to pay the estimated $45 thousand cost to the county of holding the next Measure Z vote in November. Zoo director Scott Barton said they were happy to comply.

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